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.
of Maharashtrian Wedding
All the Maharashtrian Weddings have some common pre and on marriage
» 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
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
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
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.
- 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
- 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
and Pune.. For further details contact us.
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