Below is a summary of the Indian wedding ceremony, at Music 4 Asian Weddings rest assure we will do our up most to ensure your wedding music compliments each aspect of the Hindu wedding ceremony, contact us to see how we incorporate our unique music for each of these elements.
- Ponkhana (Welcome)
Under the instruction of the priest the groom is received humbly by the Bride’s parents and close members of the families greet each other. The Bride’s mother and other ladies welcome the Groom and escort him to the mandap. The Bridegroom steps on a clay pot which represents the world.
- Ganesh Pooja
This is performed by the Bride’s parents to solicit Ganesh’s blessings to dispell darkness, ignorance and remove any obstacles.
- Madhuparka (washing the groom’s feet)
Madhuparka is a mixture of honey, yoghurt and ghee. Honey symbolises the sweetness in life and the yoghurt the strength. This is traditionally used in welcoming the son-in-law. The father of the bride will wash the right foot of the Bridegroom with milk and honey.
- Bridal Entrance
Bride’s maternal uncle or brothers will escort her to the mandap.
- Jaimala (garlanding)
Next to the canopy (Mandap) Bride and Groom acknowledge and greet each other by garlanding one another, witnessed by all the guests present who as a mark of respect and courtesy will be standing.
Brides parents will give their daughter away to Groom as his wife and he will graciously reply by accepting her.
A cotton loop (24 times) is placed on Bride and Groom’s shoulder. This represents the twenty-four virtues and characteristics of a person in their lifetime.
- Hasta Melap
The father of the Bride gives his consent by placing his daughter’s right hand into the Groom’s right hand.
- Granth Bandhan (tying the knot)
Two pieces of scarves (Dupattaas) are put on the shoulders of the couple and a knot is tied between the scarves. The knot is a symbol of an unbreakable tie between the couple.
The fire god is invited by lighting the Holy fire under the canopy. The fire represents an eternal source of energy. The priest will recite the verses in Sanskrit and the participants under the instruction of the priest will offer their obligations to the almighty Lord.
Bride’s brother will be invited to the canopy and will be asked to put some rice in the hands of the couple, who together will walk around the fire four times, symbolising: Substantial Food, Good Health, Wealth & Prosperity, Happiness, Blessings, Progeny and Close Union.
- Shapth Grahan (Marriage vows)
While holding each other’s hands they accept each other voluntarily in front of all the guests present. They will proceed to take several vows and accept each other’s hand for the prosperity of the householder’s life. They will vow to take care of each other, carry out household duties and social obligations, raise noble children, always be truthful and loving and live happily together, until they are parted by death.
- Sindoor & Mangalsutra
The groom applies red vermillion powder to the bride’s hair parting & gives a Mangalsutra marking her as his own.
- Feeding sweets (Kansar)
The couple will feed each other mithai (sweets), being their first meal as husband & wife & wishing each other a sweet life.
- Akhand Saubhagyavati
Blessings are offered by married ladies from both families to the newlyweds.
- Aashrivaad (blessings)
The priest will ask the guest to stand up and shower the married couple with flowers and rice which symbolises the giving of their blessings.