Like any section, the Jats have their own sets of customs and regulations when it comes to the auspicious occasion of wedding. Before the marriage the most important thing is matching the gotra is very important.
Pre-wedding customs according to the Vedic rituals
According to the gotra rules, people from the same gotra cannot marry each other as they will be considered as brother and sister, and same gotra marriages are strictly discouraged. According to the customs, one should always marry within the community or else is absolutely frowned upon. All the rules and laws of these marriages are similar to that of the Aryan culture. Most of these rituals have developed from the Vedic rituals. The Jat weddings are always very colorful and these people pay minute attention to the pre-wedding rituals and also to all the social customs during the wedding.
The various marriage traditions and customs that are rigorously followed
The Jat weddings can extend for many days and are celebrated with the utmost enthusiasm and joy. There are many steps that are technically involved and one has to adhere to them strictly. They are as follows, the first and the most important aspect is the Sagai, in this part of the ceremony the promises are made about the marriage. And after this comes the ritual when the rings are exchanged between the bride and the groom. After this, the maternal uncle is invited to the rice ceremony. Then come the ceremony of Ganesh Puja, which is usually done before the marriage.
The important ceremonies that are done during the marriages
‘Mehandilagana’ is something that all looks forward to. This is a very well known custom and is followed by many other sects and castes too. During the Jat weddings, this custom plays a very important role and people gather and throng together and celebrate. Chak puja is also done with the utmost zeal and energy and people participate in this very actively. The potter’s wheel is worshipped and only then the actual custom of the marriage starts.
Other ancillary customs and rituals followed during the wedding
The Jat weddings are always comprised of many elements. One comes after the other in a very synchronized way. Khichaiis basically has done at the groom’s house and friends and relatives join the occasion to make it more delightful. Then comes the Ratijka, during this time the family members of the groom’s family stay awake the whole night and sing the folk songs. And Banorj, is also very important as after the Ganesh puja the bride and the groom cannot have food at their home. Last but not the least comes the Barak Nikasi, during this time the procession marches towards the wedding place.
The Jat weddings are always filled with absolute and unbridled enthusiasm and fun. Things are done in accordance with the age-old rituals and the aesthetic sense is also thoroughly applied while preparing the décor.
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