The wedding Mandap holds a very deep meaning and significance for Indian marriages. The mandap is a beautifully decorated area under which, the auspicious ceremony of the wedding is conducted. Along with wedding ceremony, there are different rituals which are performed under the mandap.The mandap is made up of 4 pillars and a covering canopy. The mandaps are made up of wooden pillars and showcase the upgraded life for the bride and groom. Generally, it made up of bamboo and is decorated with beautiful flowers, pearls, beads, decorative fabrics and such items. Here are the different types of Mandap ceremonies There are different rituals which are performed under the mandap during the wedding and are thus called mandap rituals.
Mangal Phera :
The ‘Saat Pheras’ are the pheras/rounds which are taken by the bride and groom around the fire. This is one of the most important rituals without which, the wedding remains incomplete. The 7 pheras have a very high importance in weddings and are one of the Mandap rituals. During this, the bride and groom are tied with a knot and they turn circles around the fire with each other for 7 times. The priests chant the mantras, the family members shower flowers and cheer when the couple performs the ‘pheras’.
This is a very emotional and important ritual which takes place under the mandap. During this ritual, the parents of the bride give the bride to the groom while placing her hand into the groom’shand. The mantras are chanted and hymns are recited for the successful completion of this ritual. When the mantras end, the father of the bride asks the groom to accept his daughter by ‘dharma’, ‘artha’ and ‘kama’. With this ceremony, the bride and groom are bonded forever and the groom is considered as the guardian of the bride for life.
Hasta Milap or panigrahana :
This is the ritual performed after kanyadaan. The bride and groom place hands in hands in front of the fire which signifies the commencement of a new life for the bride and groom. When the bride and groom hold hands, it is considered as a union of souls forever. The mantras are recited and are performed during the correct ‘Muhurat’. This is a ritual performed in different regions of India and has a great significance!
Maang Bharai :
Sindoor is considered as the marital status of a girl and shows that the girl is married and her husband is alive. During maang bharai, the husband takes some sindoor or kumkum and applies it to the forehead of the bride. This ritual is considered very auspicious and is belied that the red color of the sindoor activates the chakras located in the forehead. This is a very holy and important ritual which completes the wedding.The mandap ceremony is extremely important and the rituals performed under the mandaps are considered to make the commencement of life for the newlywed couple more peaceful and happy.
Without the mandap ceremony, wedding is incomplete and thus, the sacred rituals and vows of the wedding are shared under the pious mandap.
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