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Agarwal Marriage Guide

November 8, 2017

As the wedding season approaches butterflies in the stomach, a smile on the lips and jubilance is expected of those soon-to-be-wedded. With wedding is associated a lot of preparation, be it regarding the venue, apparels, jewelry, relatives, invitation or the like. These are definitely of significance. But, even more, pertinent is the rituals which the soon-to-be-couple is required to follow.

And, rituals are mandatory. If you are the soon-to-be-groom of Agarwal family or the soon-to-be-bride of the Agarwal family, here is a short sneak peek into the rituals. You will enjoy reading them. You will love following them even more.

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Pre-wedding rituals:

Sagai/ Engagement/ Muda Tikka :

This is the ring exchange ceremony. The groom’s family and the bride’s family meet at a venue pre-decided. They may also decide on meeting at either of the abode. The families meet and gifts are exchanged. Teeka of the bride and the groom is also done by their soon-to-be-in-lawfamily members.

Godh Bharai :

In Agarwal marriage Godh Bharai ceremony takes place post the teeka ritual. The bride is accompanied by the function. The family of the groom, brings beautiful jewelry, lovely apparels, makeup essentials and sweets. They also make sure that the presentation is more ornate. The bride is required to sit with a chunni making a godh like a figure. It is considered auspicious to fill the godh of the soon-to-be-bride.

Sangeet :

Initially, in Agarwal marriage the sangeet ceremony involved bride sitting on a chowki. The women of her family would sing songs and dance with dholak. However, at present, the Sangeet ceremony happens on a very large scale. It involves the families of both the bride and the groom. It is a fun-filled event.

Mehndi :

The family of the groom sends heena or Mehendi for the bride. The bride then gets the Mehendi put on both her legs and hands. In fact, in some families, the groomtoo gets the Mehendi done as shagun.

Laghana Lekhan :

Indian weddings are always associated with auspicious rituals. In order for pursuing these rituals, the auspicious time slot is necessary. Thus, the place of the bride is chosen as the perfect place to write the Lagna. The lagna is also known as muhurat.

Bhaat :

The uncle of the bride, who belongs to her maternal family, is invited to this ceremony. The Bhaat involves bestowing special and luxury gifts to the bride.

Haldi :

his ceremony is held in both the families. A turmeric paste is applied to the entire body of the groom and the bride. The ritual is done by the nearby family members.

Kangana :

This Agarwal marriage ceremony is pursued on the auspicious day of the wedding. A mouli is coupled on the right wrist of the bride and groom.

Ganesha Pooja :

Ganesha Pooja is done in both the family homes. The Pooja is performed to make sure that all the rituals go smoothly.

Wedding ritual:

Korath :

Korath involves inviting the groom by the male members of the brides’ family. The invitation is for the mandap of the marriage. The bride is escorted to the mandap at the apt muhurat.

Baraat :

The Baraat is the procession which accompanies the groom as he sets to leave the wedding venue. A sword is carried by the groom.

Aarti :

The welcoming of the Baraat is done with fervor and happiness. The soon-to-be-the-mother-in-law of the groom does Aarti of the groom. He is escorted inside the wedding venue and so is the family members of the groom.

Neem Jhadai :

In this Agarwal marriage ritual the sister of the bride, sprays water with a leaflet of the Neem tree, on the groom. This ritual is again considered sacred as it aids in averting any evil eye from the soon-to-be-the-couple and the wedding rituals.

Varmala :

The grooms put the garland around the neck of the bride. The same is done by the bride.

Pheras :

A havan is lit up in the mandap. The couple is required to circle the havan 7 times. A tying of the knot is also done during the ceremony, wherein the dupatta of the bride is coupled to the scarf of the groom.

Kanyadaan :

The father of the bride gives her daughter to the groom and takes the promise that he will always take care of his daughter.

Seer Guthi :

The hair parting of the bride is filled vermilion or sindoor by the groom. The sister of the groom puts Mouli in the hair braids of her sister-in-law. A chooda ritual is also pursued wherein the mother of the groom gifts her daughter-in-law lac choodiyan or bangles

Post wedding rituals :

Bar Rukai :

This ceremony takes place at the abode of the groom when he reaches his home. The sister of the groom disallows the couple to enter the home. She asks for a gift from her sister-in-lawfor letting them enter.

Vadhu Pravesh :

For the ceremony of Vadhu Pravesh, a Kalash is kept on the threshold of the door. The Kalash contains rice. The newlywed vadhu or the bride is required to turn it down with the thumb of her right toe. This ritual is done so as to ensure prosperity and happiness as the newlywed enters.

Mooh Dikhai :

Agarwal marriage ceremony involves lifting the veil of the bride to see her face. It is now, that the bride gets acquainted with the family members. The family members are also required to give her gift during this ritual.

So, if you are the prospective bride or the perspective groom reading this, you know very well know what is in store for you. You are going to enjoy the rituals completely. Make sure to adorn yourself with apparels which suit the ritual and your personality. The same goes with the jewelry. Do not let that smile vanish from your face, to ensure many beautiful pictures. Have a happily ever after.

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