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Importance of Wedding in India
Though marriage is the beginning of the life together for a man and woman, this is a sudden turning point in the life of the girl. In order to create much enthusiasm in the girl's mind, and to make the transition in her life easy, marriage is celebrated on a grand scale, like a week long festival.

Hindu weddings are elaborate affairs with every ritual bearing great significance.
Hawan – Ganesh Sthapan

Any ceremony in our family starts with Ganesh Sthapan, an invitation to Lord Ganesh to be present at this auspicious occasion. His presence is believed to ensure the smooth running of all the ceremonies and remove any obstacles and brings happiness and prosperity. This is performed by a learned priest. This follows the ceremony of Grah Shanti, which is performed in presence of the parents and to be wedded with close family relatives and friends.


Geet and sangeet are the soul of any Indian wedding. Women collectively take part in Geet/Sangeet on this day. Now a days a special day is kept aside for ladies Sangeet where all the close relatives and friends are invited to sing wedding songs and dances to popular wedding songs from hindi movies.

Sagai (Engagement)

Close relatives of both the bride and bridegrooms family are get together in a ceremony where rings are exchanged. After this, the boy and girl are considered to have engaged and accepted in the society as future bride and groom.

Mehendi (Henna)

Both the bride and the bridegroom apply mehendi (henna). While the bridegroom applies it as a token on his hands, the bride applies it on her hands and feet making intricate patterns. Mehendi signifies the strength of love in a marriage. It is believed that the darker the mehendi color, the stronger the love and bond will be between the bride and the bridegroom.

Barat & Swagat (Procession and Welcome)

The groom, accompanied by his family & friends, goes to the Bride's place in a procession. In our case, our wedding is at Le Meridian so we will have a similar possession to the hotel. The Groom sits on a decorated horse. The bride's parents and other senior members of the family will welcome the groom, his parents & relatives and introduce each other. The introduction is known as Milni. The procession consist of friends and family from the groom's side who dance in the procession to show excitement and happiness.

Jai Mala (Garlands Exchange)

The bride and groom exchange garlands of fresh flowers to acknowledge their life- long bondage. The bride and groom are then escorted to the mandap (alter) by their parents.

Chowka & Puja

The chowka is the sacred space where all the major ceremonies will be performed. It is a decorated dais and is square in shape. Hence the term chowka (means squared in hindi). The Fire Altar (havan kund) is made in the middle of the chowka, where the Vedas are sung. This is one of the most ancient ritual constituents handed down to the present day. It is here that the Vivah (marriage) Homa, the nuptials will be performed. All the gods and goddesses are invited to take their seats, and given due respect and welcome so that they may act as divine witnesses and give their blessings to the newly wed couple.


The most important ritual in every Hindu wedding is the 'Saat Pheras' (seven circles). As per the Hindu Law an Indian wedding is not considered complete without the bride and groom taking the 'Saat Pheras' together. Hindu religion considers the fire as the sustainer of life and it is in the presence of this sacred fire that the Saat Pheras are taken. A couple is declared man and wife only after taking the 'Saat Pheras

With every step taken the couple invoke the blessings of the Gods and Goddesses for different benedictions.

Phera 1: Economic Stability - With the first circle around the sacred fire, the couple invokes the Gods for the plentitude of pure and nourishing food and a life that is noble and respectful.

Phera 2: Health is Wealth - With the second circle the couple pray for physical and mental strength and fortitude to lead a healthy and peaceful life.

Phera 3 – Faith - The third circle is taken for the fulfillment of spiritual obligations. The Gods are invoked for blessing the couple with spiritual strength.

Phera 4 - Love & Trust - The fourth circle is taken for the attainment of happiness and harmony through mutual love and trust and a long joyous life together.

Phera 5 – Progeny - The fifth circle is taken to pray for the welfare of all living entities in the entire universe and for begetting noble children.

Phera 6 - Togetherness - With sixth circle the couple prays for bountiful seasons and seeks that they may go through these seasons together, just as they would share their joys and sorrows.

Phera 7 – Forever - With the last circle they pray for a life of understanding, loyalty, and unity.

Mangalsutra - The tie that binds

Historically, the custom of tying a mangalsutra, the auspicious emblem or cord, on the wedding day signals commitment to marriage. The mangalsutra is considered a talisman to ward off the evil eye. The black colour of the beads is said to absorb all negative vibrations before they can reach the bride and her family. The stringing together of the beads into one thread signifies bride blending and integrating into the new family after marriage.

Vivah, Shaadi (Wedding)

During the wedding ceremony the bride and bridegroom are seated in front of a holy fire. A Pundit conducts the wedding, performs havan, and recites various religious sayings. In the havan, offerings are made into the holy fire. The Pundit explains to the couple their responsibilities and duties in their married life towards each other. Hindu religion believes that fire is a sustainer of life. The couple walks around the fire four times (in some customs seven times) exchanging vows of their duties.

Kanya Daan (Blessings)

This is also a part of the wedding ceremony in which the brides parents entrust their daughter in the safe hands of the groom.

Vidai (Departure)

In this ceremony, after the wedding is over, the bride's parents give a warm send off to their daughter. They wish her a prosperous and harmonious long married life.