One of the most exquisite and glitzy occasions you should never miss to take part in is a wedding; there are so many special features attributed to Hindu weddings that you will not be to help yourself from being dumbfounded by the awe-inspiring ceremonies and rituals followed with utmost fervor and enthusiasm!
Before you embark to undertake a project related to covering a wedding performed according to the Hindu traditions, it’d be helpful for you to gain a preliminary knowledge about the important ceremonies performed so that you realize the importance of capturing these moments efficiently and recording them.
Most of these weddings include the following rituals:
- Mangni (Engagement)
All fun and excitement begin right from the day the engagement ceremony (Mangni) is completed. Mostly, this function is held months before the wedding.
This ritual kicks off the marriage ceremonies in a splendid way. Intricate designs and patterns made of bright, fresh henna mix are drawn in the hands and feet of the bride. In Hindu tradition, henna is considered as a potentially good sign, a sign of prosperity and well being.
- Ladies Sangeet or Sangeet Night
Literally meaning “song and dance”, there’s little doubt that the pre-wedding evening is enjoyed in its full-fledged splendor and gaiety. Whether young or old, everyone present in the gathering gets a chance to shake their legs! Yes, the whole atmosphere comes to life to just set the mood of the wedding perfectly!
The wedding day rituals
The groom reaches the venue of the wedding mostly on a horseback. He is decked with garlands and fine things such as rupee notes. Quite a number of guests accompany him along with singing and dancing that is followed all the way. They are accorded a warm welcome by the bride’s parents and other relatives.
Here, the bride and the groom exchange small, beautifully decorated garlands and the occasion is not bereft of thrill and excitement.
This is done to appease the fire God, Agni. In addition, the vows taken in front of this auspicious fireplace are considered sacred and pure.
This ritual indicates that the bride’s parents entrust her forever to her husband with the expectation that he will take good care of her. The term literally means “giving away of the kanya or bride”.
- Gath Bandhan
By tying the bride’s sari (or scarf) with the groom’s stole, the significance of their union physically, mentally and emotionally is highlighted here.
The couple circulates around the fire 7 times by taking a specific wedding vow each time.
- Mangalsutra & Maangh Bharaai
The groom puts the holy mangalsutra around the bride’s neck and then decks up her forehead with sindoor. These two are the most important recognitions of a married hindu woman.
These seven steps taken together by the newly wed couple signifies that they promise to be together at every stage of their married life irrespective of the ups and downs.
This is considered to be the most emotional moment of the entire hindu wedding as the bride prepares to leave her maternal home permanently to begin a new life with her husband.
This marks the formal entry of the new bride into her husband’s (in-laws’) home. She steps into a whole new world carrying with her loads of good wishes for a happy, new beginning of what is called ‘the second part of her life’!
You’d have often heard from your family members, elders or friends that most of the Hindu weddings extend for over two days. So, as an aspiring Wedding Photographer, you have to muster your skills, creativity and experience and get ready for the challenge!