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Maharashtrian Wedding

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Maharashtra has a cultural similarity to Gujarat. One can find a number of Maharashtrain Ceremonies which are just like Gujarati Wedding Ceremonies. Still, Maharashtrian Weddings stand out in the way the Bride and the Groom are dressed up and the Wedding Food they serve. Maharashtrans weddings are held in the light of day. Its rare to see the Weddings in the Night. Mostly done in Padni Hall - Marriage Hall, these began early in the morning - as early as 7 o clock in the morning. The wedding is solmenised in a day and ends before the sun sets.
About Maharashtra/ Maharastrians

Lying in the lower belt of India, Maharashtra is a state which touches the Sea. And just like the sea, Maharashtrians lead a simple life. And as they lead a simple life, their ceremonies are also plain without much Pomp and Show. Maharastrians take a pride in welcoming their guests and are good hosts. Mumbai, Pune and Nasik are the most famous cities of Maharashtra - both from Tourism and Commercial point.

Maharashtrian Feast
Wedding Food
The Wedding Feast is usually given in a large Dining Hall. Several small saucers are kept in a big round platter. Serving of many Vegetables, Dals and Chutnies are served as feast. The Food is usually simple. The food takes in sequence till the feast is over.

Wedding Dress
Wedding Dress
The Maharashtrian Brides dress is usually a Green Color Saree and Gold Ornaments. For the Groom, the Wedding Dress is the Dhoti - Kurta and a Gandhian Topi (Cap). The color of the Dhoti Kurta is usually white or off white. Simple Jootis are worn by the Groom as Shoes for the Wedding.

Maharashtrian CoupleCustoms of Maharashtrian Wedding :
All the Maharashtrian Weddings have some common pre and on marriage ceremonies :

» Pre - Marriage Ceremonies :

Lagnaach Bedi : The Maharashtrians rely on their parents for finding the bride or bridegroom for their marriage. Once the elders of the house agree on a pair, the process of marriage begins. This ceremony is known as Lagnaach Bedi.

Baithak : In Baithak, the Horoscopes of the Bride and Bridegroom are matched. In horoscope, there are 32 Gunas. out of these at least 20 should match, then only the elders agree for the Marriage.

Sakharpuda : Sakharpuda or the Engagement Ceremony takes place once the Horoscope gets matched. For this Ceremony, the bride is gifted a Saree and Green colored Bangles. On the Engagement day, the bride wears this saree, given by her to-be-in-laws and the Green Bangles. As the rings are exchanged, she is given a packet of Sugar, symbolizing the sweetness she will add to the home.

Kelvan : About 15 days before the marriage, a feast is arranged in both the bride and the bridegrooms home. Both sides hosts a meal for the each others family. Before the feast begins a small prayer is done before the God. This Prayer is known as the Prayer of Kuladevta or Family God.

Mehandi : A day before the marriage, both the Bride and the Grooms family have the Mehandi Ceremony. Mehandi (Indian Tatoo), a paste of green leaves is used to make beautiful design on the Hands of the Bride and the Grooms relatives. It is said, the more the color of the Mehandi, the more better is the Married life of the Couple.

» Marriage Ceremonies :

Chuda Ceremony : On the day of the Marriage, in the morning hours, a Chuda (Bangles - Indian Jwellery), is given by the brides to be In - Laws. After Puja/ Prayers done in front of the God, the bride wears the Chuda and then seeks blessings of the God and her elders.

Shubh Mangal Savdhaan : Shubh Mangal Savdhaan is a composite rite comprising of several ceremonies performed in a certain order. There are about 43 rituals connected with this ceremony. It is the most important of all ceremonies and is performed early in the morning.

Ganpati Puja : Lord Ganesha has a main role in all the functions held in Maharashtra. In the Maharashtrian Weddings too, the blessings of Lord Ganesha are of utmost important. The prayer of Lord Ganesha is the symbol of formal beginning of Maharashtrian Wedding.

Seemant Puja : Seemant Puja is the Puja where the Girl is supposed to leave her home. In this the Brides family welcomes the Groom by washing his feet. Gifts are given to the Groom which includes Silverware.

Lajahoma : In this the wedding rites are performed in front of the God Fire. The couple takes oath in the front of the fire; the groom places Mangalsutra around the brides neck, proclaiming that she is now married to him. After this he puts a Vermillion mark on her head.

Saptapadi : After the Lajahoma ritual, Satapadi ritual is done. In this seven heaps of rice along with beetle leaf are put around the altar and the fire rekindled. The Bride Groom leads the bride putting the brides right foot on each of the seven rice heaps, while the priest chants the sacred verses. After this the couple offers parched grains and the beetle leaf to the God Fire. This procedure solmenises a typical Maharashtrian Marriage.

Not to be Missed

Pataleshwar Temple - Lying in the Heart of the Pune City of Maharashtra, is the Pataleshwar Temple. Carved out of Rocks, this Cave Temple is the bounty of Lord Shiva. Made as Rock Cut Architecture in the B.C. Era, its a must see for all those who visit the City of Pune.

Our Suggestions
  • Maharashtrains are simple people. But they do believe in nicely dressed people for the weddings. So if you are visiting a Mahrashtrian Wedding, add some brightly colored dresses for your wardrobe.
  • The main Marriage begins early in the Morning and ends in the Evening. So Keep the entire day for the wedding.
  • The Wedding Feast is given after the wedding is complete - which is usually in the afternoon. One has to take the food along other guests. It is the brides relatives who generally serve the food.
  • The weather throughout Mahaasthra is good throughout the year. However avoid the Monsoon season, that is July beginning to August end.
  • Cottons and semi -cottons are best for Indian Weather. So whereever you go in India, Cottons works best.
  • Direct trains will take you to Maharashtra.. There are even flights to the main cities of Maharashtra like Mumbai and Pune.. For further details contact us.
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