Maharashtrian Marriage Rituals are observed by the
Marathi people who basically belong to the region of
Maharashtra. A Maharashtrian Wedding takes place in
the morning. Traditionally, the most important aspect
of a Maharashtrian/Marathi wedding is that the stars
of the prospective groom and the bride should match.
The Marathi wedding process is described below.
PRE WEDDING MAHARASHTRIAN MARRIAGE
As the marriage is fixed, the respective families of
the bride and the groom exchange a packet of sugar to
informally mark the engagement of the couple
Wang Nischay refers to the formal engagement ceremony
where a kuldevta-pujan is performed in both the houses
after which the families meet up along with a priest.
During the haldi ceremony, which is usually a day before
the wedding, mango leaves that have been immersed in
haldi paste are applied from the feet upwards over the
whole body of the bride. The groom is also applied the
haldi paste in a similar fashion in his own home.
WEDDING DAY MAHARASTRIAN RITUALS
On the morning of the wedding, a puja is offered to
Lord Ganesh to seek his blessings for the success of
all the following rituals.
As the groom's entourage arrives at the wedding venue,
a Seeman Puja is performed as a way of welcoming the
groom. Afterwards, the parents of the bride wash the
groom's feet and shower him with gifts.
Since the wedding entourage usually arrives in the morning,
the bride's parents spread out a lavish lavish ceremonial
breakfast for them
As the groom is having breakfast, the bride performs
a Gowri-har puja simultaneously
THE MAHARASHTRIAN WEDDING
As the auspicious time for the wedding approaches, the
bride is accosted to the mandap by her maternal uncle.
The groom and the bride are not supposed to look at
each other as the antarpat ceremony takes place where
a silk partition is placed between them. Only after
the chanting of several specific mantras is the antarpat
removed. This is followed wit the guests showering unbroken
rice over the couple. The process of kanyadan and saptapadi
are similar to those of any Hindu marriage where the
father hands over the his daughter to the groom and
later the couple take seven rounds or pheras around
the ceremonial fire.
POST WEDDING MAHARASHTRAIN MARRIAGE
The reception or the wedding feast takes place in the
evening where the guests are served sweets by the newly
weds themselves. A peculiar feature is that first the
groom's family has lunch and the bride's family
As the newly weds proceed towards their new home, the
mother of the groom welcomes them on the threshold of
the house and washes their feet with water and milk
followed by an Aarti after which the bride puts foot
in her new home by tipping over a vessel filled with
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