Firstly I would like to congratulate the beautiful bride and groom on their wedding day. It was a fantastic wedding and I throughly enjoyed it from start to finish.
If you are unfamiliar with Hindu weddings, I am going to do my best to explain what went on at Tinasha and Jaymin's wedding day.
Swagatam & Madhuperk - WelcomingGroom & his family
The Barat, the singing and dancing procession of the groom and his family, reaches the wedding venue. The bride’s family welcomes them with Aarati and sweets, as a symbol of happiness and good tidings to come.
Shri Ganesh Prayers & Poonyahvachanam
After all are seated, the ceremony starts with prayers to Lord Ganesh to bless this occasion and make the marriage ceremony free of obstacles.
VadhuAagman – Arrival of the Bride
The bride is brought to the mandap typically by her maternal uncle, along with bridesmaids, and grooms’ men.
Mangalashtakam & Sankalpa - Mutual Approval
After the Mangalmantrasare recited, Bride and Groom garland each other, indicating their mutual approval to proceed with the ceremony. The Pandit explains them the objectives of the Vivaah Samskar and then they propose to marry each other and enter the Grahasthashrama as a married couple.
Kannyadaan- Giving Away theBride
In the Brahma Vivaah, the highest form of Hindu marriage, Bride’s parents, “give away” the Bride as one of the noblest acts they will perform in their lifetime. Bride and Groom then commit to remain faithful to each other, while pursuing Dharma, Artha and Kama. Bride’s mother pours holy water on bride’s father’s palms, which flows into Groom’s and then into Bride’s palms, symbolizing the continuity of life, repaying the debt to their forefathers and the passing of the family heritage to the next generation.
Akshatropanam & Panigrahanam (Hastmelap) - Expectationsfrom Married Life
The Bride and the Groom communicate their expectations of married life and show their consent by showering rice on each other. The bride requests his support for a healthy and prosperous family life. The groom requests for her support in pursuing Dharma and for her cooperation in his various endeavors for a successful life. They accept each other’s hands with blessings of Heavenly Gods with a promise to stay together for the rest of their lives, symbolically tying each other’s wrists with sacred thread which is called Sutrabandhanam.
Mangalsutrabandhanam – Marriage Commitment to Each Other
Groom adorns Bride’s neck with the Mangalsutra, a necklace symbolizing good luck, love and friendship. The groom applies kumkum on the bride’s forehead, now as a Soubhagyavati. The bride applies chandan tilak on the groom’s forehead, now as a Grahastha. With the wedding ring exchange, they commit to support each other, in good times and bad times, in happiness and sorrow, with unending love. They are joined together in a marriage knot by the Groom’s sister or mother, as a symbol of their permanent bond
VivaahHoma – Worshipping the Sacred Fire
Vivaah Homa is the start of the Grahasthashrama for the couple. The couple lights the Agni, the holy fire that symbolizes light, power and knowledge, and acts as a witness to the ceremony. The bride and groom repeat the sacred pledge of marriage and request Agni to be the messenger for their prayers to various Gods, for Santati (children), Sampatti (wealth & prosperity) and Deergharogya (long& healthy lives).
Saptapadi – Taking the Marriage Vows with Seven Steps
The couple takes seven steps together to reiterate their aspirations of their married life.
With the first step, we will provide for and support each other.
With the second step, we will develop mental, physical & spiritual strength.
With the third step, we will share the worldly possessions.
With the fourth step, we will acquire knowledge, happiness and peace.
With the fifth step, we will raise strong and virtuous children.
With the sixth step, we will enjoy the fruits of all seasons.
With the seventh step, we will always remain friends and cherish each other.
Ashirvad – Blessings
We all offer our blessings to the couple for long and happy lives together. After being declared as Husband and Wife, Groom and Bride bow to all invited guests and leave the mandap as a newly married couple as the guests shower them with flower petals.
Cutting of the cake. Sharing is caring Jaymin!
The first dance.
The family dance.
Family is everything - Children are our gifts from God.
Vidaai - The ending of the marriage
Vidaai In Indian Marriage amidst all fun and entertainment, marriage is one of the most emotional moments in Hindu marriage. This is a post wedding ritual, and marks the end of the marriage ceremony. It's a very emotional episode for everyone, when the bride seeks leave from her parents, family members, friends and relatives and goes to her husband's home to start a new life. It is a new beginning for her, as she bids farewell to her parents and goes to build a new life with her husband and his family.
Just when the bride and the groom sit in the car and its starts, the bride's brothers and cousins push the car from behind, signifying that they have given her a push ahead to start a new life with her husband. Money is thrown on the road to discard evil.
Such a beautiful love story. Again congratulations to Tina & Jay on their wedding day. Many thanks to Alpesh Rabadia for the support!
The beautiful bride, Tinasha.