Indian weddings are filled with some amazing ceremonies which make weddings more auspicious and everlasting. From the treasure of wedding ceremonies, here we have the ‘Var Mala’ ceremony which has a great history and significance. The wedding is simply incomplete without this amazing ceremony.The Var Mala, also known as Jaimala is the traditional name for it. The word ‘Var’ means husband while the word ‘mala’ means garland. During this ceremony, the bride and groom exchange the flower garland while people cheer and shower flowers on them!
Here is all about the Var Mala ceremony :
The Varmala ceremony is very ancient and has been described in the Vedic literature due to its importance. The Var Mala is a beautifully weaved chain of different flowers which the bride and groom exchange during the wedding.
It is the acceptance of marriage for bride and groom :
Decades ago, the exchange of flower garlands was considered very important for the bride and groom. When the Varmala gets exchanged between the bride and groom, it is considered as the acceptance of marriage between both the parties. The marriage gets sealed or fixed when the garlands are exchanged!
It shows beauty and brightens the environment :
The Varmala is made up of beautiful flowers. Either rose petals or jasmine is necessarily used in the garland which makes the bride and groom look amazing! The fragrance of such amazing flowers simply turns the entire environment more exciting. It is a decorative element which not only enhances the look of bride and groom but also spreads freshness!
Selecting the groom :
In the ancient times, the wedding concept was quite different than todays. The bride selected her groom through a ceremony called Swayamvar. In this event, the bride used to choose her husband from all the princes who participated. Her choice was declared when she exchanged garland or varmala with the prince of her choice. Thus, the exchange of Varmala between the bride and the groom of choice was considered as the declaration of their wedding! This was practiced by Lord Rama and goddess Sita and thus, has become an auspicious ceremony!
Acceptance and unbreakable seal for life :
The groom awaits the bride’s entry in the Mandap and when the bride enters, the Jaimala ceremony takes place. The bride and groom hold the flower garlands in hands and get ready to exchange. When the bride tries to place the garland in the groom’s neck, the friends of the groom would hold the groom and raise him upwards due to which, the bride is unable to place the varmala. The brothers of the bride then raise the bride as high as the groom and thus, the bride places the varmala in the groom’s neck!It is believed that whoever places the Varmala first, rules the house! This is such a fun-filled and exciting ritual for everyone!When the bride and groom exchange the Varmalas, they accept each other and with the beautiful chain of flowers, they seal their marriage forever! Such a wonderful ceremony it is!
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