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Marathi Wedding Traditions

October 31, 2017
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If you want to see the perfect combination of simplicity and tradition, then you must take a look at Marathi wedding rituals. Maharashtrian weddings have to required color and fun, but at the same time, they are not a very extravagant affair. Here are the Marathi wedding traditions:

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Matchmaking :

In Marathi wedding the horoscope of girl and the boy are first matched by both the families. Only if the horoscopes match, then the families will consider the proposal. Once a particular number of gunas in the horoscope match and if both the families find the proposal suitable then wedding preparations begin.

Engagement :

This is known as the “Sakhar Puda”. In this formal engagement ceremony, the groom’s mother will give the bride a saree, jewelry and a packet of sugar ( sakhar Puda). Similarly, the bride’s mother will give the groom clothes and a sugar packet. Rings are exchanged and this ceremony signifies that the marriage will happen in due course.

Muhurat Ceremony: 

On an auspicious day, both the families will invite at least 5 married women. These are known as suvasini. In an iron pestle, these suvasini will pound haldikund that is turmeric. Also, papad and a food item called sandge which is made from pulses are prepared. Once the muhurat ceremony is completed both the parties begin the wedding shopping.

The Lagna Patrika Printing and Distribution :

On an auspicious day, the wedding invitation or Lagna Patrika is printed. The first invitation is offered to Lord Ganesha and the family deity. Only after seeking the blessings from Ganesha and the family deity the other invitations are sent to the relatives and friends. Normally the wedding invitations are printed at least a few weeks before the wedding.

Shopping of Wedding Attire :

The bride’s mama ( that is mother’s brother) will buy a yellow Kath padre silk saree which the bride needs to wear at the time of the wedding. Other items like jewelry, utensils etc are bought by the bride’s parents. The groom’s side will buy a heavy saree called as the shalu for the bride and they will also purchase mangalsutra made from gold for the bride.The bride’s parents will buy wedding suit for the groom. The groom’s parents will buy a silk kurta pajama and a traditional Maharashtrian topi for the groom which he needs to wear at the time of the wedding. The shalu and the suit are worn by the bride and the groom during the reception.

Kelvan :

In Marathi wedding, Kelvan will take place in both the families. Here close family members of the bride will invite the bride and that of the groom will invite the groom for an elaborate meal and will give gifts to the bride or the groom.

Haldi Ceremony :

This is called halad chadhavne and it takes place one day before the wedding. The ceremony will first take place at the groom’s place. Suvasinis will apply haldi paste to groom with mango leaves. The paste is applied first to the forehead, then face, then hands, legs, and finally feet. The leftover haldi is then sent to the bride’s place and that is applied to the bride. After this ceremony, the bride and the groom cannot step out of the house. They will leave the house only on the wedding day and will head straight to the wedding venue.

Ganpati Puja :

At the wedding venue, the Ganpati puja is performed. This is mainly to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha so that the wedding takes place without any obstacles and the bride and the groom get the blessings.

Dev Devak :

There the blessing of the family deity is sought through a pooja.

Seemant Pujan :

The bride is made to sit before a silver idol of goddess Parvati (Annapurna). This idol is placed on rice. The bride has to offer flowers and rice to this idol and seek her blessings. The bride is not allowed to speak to anyone in the midst of this pooja.

Gaurihar Pooja :

The bride is made to sit before a silver idol of goddess Parvati (Annapurna). This idol is placed on rice. The bride has to offer flowers and rice to this idol and seek her blessings. The bride is not allowed to speak to anyone in the midst of this pooja.

The Antarpat :

In Marathi wedding, both the bride and the groom will adorn the mudaval. The groom is made to stand on one side and a cloth is placed in front of him. The priest and the family members will start saying the mangalashtaks. Now the bride is brought on the other side of the antarpat by her maternal uncle. Finally, the antarpat is removed. The bride and the groom exchange garlands and the relatives and friends will shower akshata or unbroken rice on the bride and the groom.

Kanyadan :

Here the bride’s father will ask the groom to take care of the bride. The groom will accept the responsibility. The bride and the groom will tie the haldi kund on each other’s wrist and the groom will tie the mangalsutra around the bride’s neck and will apply sindoor. On the wedding day, the bride and the groom are referred to as Laxmi Narayana joda.

Saptpadi :

TThe couple takes the seven wedding vows in front of the fire.

Karmasampati :

The couple will pray to the sacred fire. The girl’s brother will share a joyous moment with the couple by twisting the groom’s ear. This is just to remind the groom that he must take good care of the bride.

Varat :

The groom will take the silver Parvati idol and the bride will bid a tearful goodbye to her parents.

Grihapravesh :

The groom’s mother will do arti of the couple at the entrance of the house. The bride has to knock down a pot of rice at the entrance and enter into her new home.

These are the traditions that normally take place in a Maharashtrian wedding. All the rituals are simple and have a lot of significance.

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