Mandap decoration is an integral part of Indian Weddings. Hindu traditional weddings are completely executed in a mandap. The mandap decorations can vary from one region to another. According to Hindu traditions, the mandap should be erected in an open ground. Thus, a mandap or a canopy is constructed on this open ground. Thus, the mandap decorations have acquired a prime factor at the wedding ceremony.
Types of Mandap Decorations
The wedding mandap can be decorated in bright combinations like red and silver that is believed to be the colour of prosperity. A ritual of jaimala is executed at this wedding mandap. The groom and bride exchange garlands around each other. This is a welcome sign held at the mandap.
Mandap is a four-pole canopy at the centre of the stage, which is decorated in various styles. The sacred fire at the mandap depicts not only illumination of mind, knowledge and happiness, but also a fresh and chaste witness to the ceremony that is in progress.
Mandap decorations are mostly theme based. Either it is based on rich traditional colours like golden and red, or sometimes eye-catching colours like yellow, pink and green. Decorative and attractive tents or Shamianas are borrowed for holding this ceremony. These tents are bright in colour and attractive enough to draw in everyone's attention. For lightning purposes, lanterns and candles are often used. As per the tradition and culture these mandaps are decorated beautifully. The mandap decorations could include beautiful flowers, both fresh and artificial ones. The decoration could also include wall hangings and pretty artefacts.
Traditional candles and lanterns replace the electrical garlands. These days, people prefer western mandap decorations to the traditional adornments. Colours like mauve; peach, blue, pink and sea green are used for mandap decorations. More of netted silver drapes are used. Fresh flowers like orchids, baby roses, carnations, lilies, are used for the decoration.
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