(Last Updated on : 31/10/2017)
Maharashtrian Weddings are elaborate and charming affairs with light moments. The people of Maharashtra
believe in the equal bondage of love and dedication between both the husband and wife. Maharashtrian wedding is one of the simplest and least fussy ceremonies in India with most of the rituals performed early morning.
Though the specific rituals may vary according to the customs and beliefs of the people, the rituals
followed in a Maharashtrian wedding is describes below:
Maharashtrian Pre-Wedding Rituals
Most of their wedding ceremonies
are conducted during the day. The process begins by matching the bride and the grooms horoscopes
. The process of match making is called Lagnaach Bedi. After this, the pundit decides the auspicious date for the wedding.
After fixing the marriage the families of both bride and groom exchange a packet of sugar to informally mark the engagement. This event is known as Shakhar Puda. Then Kelvan ceremony is conducted which symbolises the proper and formal engagement by performing the Kuldevta Pujan. Haldi
Chadawne is usually held on the day before wedding. Turmeric
paste is applied from the feet to the upward direction in the whole body of the bride and groom in their own home.
Maharashtrian Wedding Rituals
The wedding day ceremonies begin with Ganapati Puja
, to seek blessings of Lord Ganesha
before any other rituals take place. The bride and the groom have to wear the Mundavalya on their heads, which is basically a string of flowers
Seeman Puja is conducted when the groom reaches the wedding venue and the brides parents wash his feet and shower him with gifts and blessings. Then the Antarpat ceremony takes place where a silk
partition is placed between the bride and the groom as they are not supposed to see each other. After the chanting of several specific mantras
the Antarpat is removed. Then the guests shower unbroken rice
over the couple. The process of kanyadan and saptapadi
are similar to those of any Hindu marriage
where the father gives the hand of his daughter to the groom and later the couple take seven rounds or pheras around the havan
. Then the groom ties a mangalsutra
around the brides neck accepting her as life partner.
After the marriage is over the newly married bride bids a tearful farewell known as Vidai
to her parental home and makes a new journey to her own house.
Maharashtrian Post-Wedding Rituals
The newly married couple are welcomed and received by the groom's mother at the threshold of the door of their house. This ritual known as Grihapravesh also includes washing the feet of the couple and 'aarti
'. Then they make entry in their home after the bride tips over a vessel full of rice. Finally, a wedding reception
is held by the grooms side as a mark of welcoming the new family member.
Costumes of Maharashtrian Weddings
The Maharashtrian Wedding attire is as usual gorgeous and eye catching as the wedding dresses
in other communities
. The bride wears a conventional Maharashtrian green coloured Paithani saree
with the typical Maharashtrian seven pearl studs and green bangles, considered to be very fortunate for any function. The bride wears toe rings
, nose ring
and a bright bindi.
A Marathi groom generally dressed in a Dhoti
with a piece of decorated red and gold cloth across his right shoulder. This decorated cloth is tied together with the brides saree Pallu when the couple takes the seven rounds around the sacred fire to strengthen their matrimonial bond.