- Ganesh Puja
In Indian marriages, there are few customs and rituals that are obligatory to be followed by both the bride and groom & their families. All the close relatives of the bride & the groom get chance to be a part of these rituals. In Hindu marriages, the rituals start taking place few days before the wedding day. It starts with Ganesh Puja. This puja has great significance in Hindu religion. According to the religion, every important work starts after Ganeshpuja, as it believed that lord Ganesh helps in removing obstacles coming in the trail of an auspicious ceremony.
- Tilak Ceremony
After puja, the Tilak ceremony takes place. This ceremony has different meanings and significance in different cultures. It's like an engagement ceremony in which, male members of the bride side put Tilak on groom's forehead. However, in some cultures relatives of groom conducts this ceremony. But, in some cultures, people prefer to do ring ceremony before marriage.
- Haldi, Mehendi, Ladies Sangeet
After all the initial ceremonies are over, the significant ceremonies like Haldi ceremony, Mehendi , and Ladies Sangeet starts. All these ceremonies are celebrated at both the groom and bride's side, but the emotions related while celebrating these rituals are different. While at the groom's side, this is a time of joy and amusement, whereas on the bride side, it's the time when bride, mother and close relatives become very emotional.
- The Wedding Day
Indian wedding is a perfect mix of festivity, rituals and emotions. Every ritual has its significances like Jai Mala when the groom and bride exchange garlands, Kanyadaan when Father lends his daughter's hand to the groom and the Saatpheras, which are actually the seven vows of the marriage. Although these rituals are very long, but the enthusiasm gets double when it comes to celebrating them, for example hiding the groom's shoes, in which bride's sisters steal the groom's shoes and ask for money.
You must have started getting nostalgic by now, and started thinking about your own marriage or the marriage you have just attended. Whenever you think about marriage, you can imagine yourself surrounded with relatives, sweets, and piles of gifts and you will realize that these things are the real essence of an Indian marriage. And, to become a part of this big extravagant affair is an experience like no other.