Marriage is one of the most important and special days in an individual’s life. And among the different types of weddings in India, the Hindu matrimony wedding is considered to be one of the most auspicious and rich in traditions. So, if you are going to attend a Hindu wedding soon or in the final stage of your wedding planning, it is crucial to understand the rituals of this type of wedding. You may ask why? Well, understanding various rituals will enhance your overall experience of the wedding.
When you are aware of the ritual and its prominence in a Hindu matrimony wedding, you will be paying more attention to them irrespective of whether it’s your marriage or you’re attending someone else’s. So, in this article, we will be talking about the 5 prominent Hindu wedding rituals only because it would be impossible to cover them all in a single article since there are so many. So, if you are generally curious or at the final stage of your Hindu matrimony wedding planning, it could be a good read for you. Let’s start!
Understand These 5 Hindu Matrimony Rituals
Before we start with the rituals of a wedding in Hindu matrimony, we want to clear out that there is no ritual less or more important than another. Each has its importance in a Hindu wedding. So, don’t consider this list as some final one. We are just giving you a brief introduction to some because it’s good to start at least from somewhere.
Mehendi is one of the most important pre-wedding rituals that happened in a Hindu matrimony wedding. In this event, friends and relatives of the bride and groom put Henna on their feet and body as a ritual. A few years ago, this ritual was just limited to females (brides) but now men (grooms) also do this ritual. On Mehendi day, all the people attending the function wear yellow as it is the color of Henna. The reason behind putting Henna is its amazing property to regulate the body temperature. Other than that, it also provides a cooling effect on the body which helps the bride and groom relieve stress.
Baaraat (Groom’s Arrival)
Also known as the Var Yaatra, this event in a Hindu matrimony wedding is the part where the groom arrives at the wedding venue with his friends, family, and relatives. Wearing full ethnic clothes from top to bottom, the groom comes with everybody dancing around him. You will also see firecrackers while on the Baaraat. If you’re going to get married soon, this ritual is also an important part of your wedding planning. You can think of different methods to come to the Baaraat. This event is a beautiful start to all the upcoming things of an Indian wedding.
As you can see from the name of this Hindu matrimony wedding ritual, this is about the bride’s father giving away their daughter’s hands to her future husband and his family. Behind this event, there has been a long history attached. Among people, no ritual is as important and pure as the Kanyadaan. However, modern women have started to chuck off this ritual as they find it a bit offensive and question their identity. So, some women still follow this ritual while some skip it.
Mangalsutra and Sindoor Ceremony
As a promise to always stay together, the groom puts the sacred Mangal sutra on the bride. Nowadays, brides have started wearing it as a fashion statement in different forms. After putting the Mangalsutra, the groom also puts the red sindoor into the bride’s head. And this is one of the most significant portions of the Hindu matrimony wedding.
Also known as Bidaai, this is one of the final rituals in the wedding of Hindu matrimony where the bride exits in a grand way leaving her home. The parents bid her farewell. If you are attending this event for the first time, you should keep your handkerchiefs ready as things can turn a bit emotional at that time.
So, these are some of the most popular wedding rituals in Hindu matrimony. We hope that you must have a slightly better knowledge about them. As compared to before you started reading the article. All the best for the wedding!