Weddings are festive events and when it comes to India, you’ll find that every community has diverse traditions and wedding customs. Maharashtrian weddings, likewise have their own rituals and ceremonies that are unique to their custom. The thing to note, however, is that Marathi folks celebrate this huge affair with utmost simplicity.
Here Reshimbandhan, the best online Marathi matrimony website provides you a complete guide on Marathi wedding rituals that make the occasion so elegant and beautiful.
The rituals on the auspicious wedding day begin with Ganpati puja so that all the Marathi wedding ceremonies accomplish without any problem or obstacle. This prayer ritual is done by both- the bride’s and groom’s side.
In this ritual, the pandit (hindu priest) asks the bride and her parents to seek blessings of everyone present there and the same ritual is done at groom’s end.
This ritual is also known as kuldevta sthapna or home deity, here the family god is invoked and prayed to shower blessings on the wedding couple and this ceremony is performed by both bride as well as groom’s side.
Now the bride gets ready for her wedding, she is attired in a beautiful sari, mundavalya (a rope decked up with pearls and flowers) tied on her forehead, sparkling jewellery and facial makeup. Then the bride offers her worship to a silver idol of Goddess Parvati placed on a mound of rice. She offers some of the rice to the Goddess and asks for her blessing for a prosperous life.
Akshata (rice grains for blessings) is provided to all who are present in the mandap. Groom’s head is capped with topi and mundavalya and then he is invited in mandap to stand on a wooden platform holding a garland. The pandit (priest) holds a fabric called the antarpat in front of the groom when he chants for mangalshakta.
The bride is then ushered with her maternal uncle at her side till the mandap. Then she stands on another wooden platform called a ‘paat’ placed on another side of antarpat facing the groom and holding the same garland in her hand.
During this ritual, the father and mother of the bride bestow their beloved daughter to the bridegroom and his family with the promise that they will take proper care of her. Bride`s father says that he is giving away in marriage his daughter to this gentleman so that both of them can together start a new life.
The Saptapadi ritual is the main part of the ceremony. Known as the “seven vows”, they are performed along with Mangal pheras, which is walking around the sacred fire. Any Hindu marriage is void without these vows and is assumed complete once they are conducted.
On the day of the wedding, the bride and the groom sit under the Mandap or the canopy for this ritual. The edge of the bride’s saree and the groom’s Uttariya are tied in a sacred knot by the pandit. They are then asked to stand up and take the seven pheras, i.e circles around the sacred fire, all the while uttering a different promise with each circle. The bride is seated to the left of the groom before the Pheras and then to the right after the Pheras are complete.
The couple performs the Laxmi Pujan and worships until the fire puts out. Traditionally after this ritual, the grooms used to give their bride a new name, however, many couples now forgo this orthodox tradition.
This, way the main Marathi wedding ritual is complete, beginning the post-wedding rituals.