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Marriage Ceremony

Pre Marriage Ceremony
Once the parents of the boy and the girl agree to the match, the alliance is formalized with a plate of betel leaves and supari. The parents of the boy go to the girls home and give her a sari, blouse piece, coconut and fruits. The girl's parents give the boy a dhoti, coconut and fruits. The horoscopes of the boy and the girl are matched by the priest to fix the date and time of the wedding. On the day of the marriage, a "havan" is performed separately in the houses of the bride and the groom by their respective families.

Marriage Ceremony

When the groom reaches the bride's house an arti is performed by the sumangalis (married women) from the girl's side. Then these sumangalis lead the bridegroom inside the marriage hall. The bride is lead into the hall by her uncle clad in traditional dress of Navari sari and green glass bangles with traditional gold jewelry. The bride and the groom are separated by a piece of cloth hanging between them and thus cannot look at each other. The two sets of parents sit facing each other. For the recitation of the marriage mantras (Mangalashtam), the bride and the groom take standing positions. The cloth is removed, and the bride and groom garland each other. The bride's father gives away the bride to the groom in the ceremony called "Kanyadanam". He takes the groom's hand and places it on the bride's hand. The moment when the bride is "handed" over to the groom, her father ceremonially pours water into the groom's hands (called dhara), signifying that she is now his. Corn/rice is then put into the havan five times, before the seven pheras or the "Saptapadi" begins. The groom's "angavastram" and the bride's "pallav" are tied with a nuptial knot. The bride follows the groom's footsteps seven times around the holy fire. Five married women tie the "mangalsutra" or the holy thread round the bride's neck while the bridegroom holds it around the neck of the bride. The couple then bows before the elders and take their blessings.

Post Marriage Ceremony
The "Vidaai" takes place amongst tearful farewell when the bride leaves her parent's house to go to her husband's house. At her husband's home her mother-in-law welcomes her. The bride and groom visit a temple to take blessings of God.



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