Maharashtra weddings are also called as Marathi wedding rituals. Hence, Marathi wedding rituals are least opulent in the country. It is also called that Marathi wedding rituals include, simplicity with ethnicity. After all the pre wedding rituals are performed, then the main wedding rituals come.
A beautiful décor is arranged which involves the beautiful floral rangoli, umbrella and fruit decoration too. After that, the bride is escorted to the Mandapa by the maternal uncle, where the holy verses are cited by the priests. After the beginning of the marriage rituals, the bride and groom are not supposed to see and interact with each other. A silk shawl separates the couple.
This is for the first time, when the couple sees each other for the first time. Akshata (unbroken rice) are showered on the couple as the blessings, followed by exchange of the garlands.
Next is the Vivah Homa, which is conducted by the groom in assistance with the priest. Following this is the Saptapadhi ritual, wherein the couple takes seven rounds around the sacred fire, taking seven vows. The wedding ceremony comes to an end with the Karmasampati ritual, wherein the bride's father, the bride and the groom please Gods to bless the wedlock.
An auspicious thread, made up of gold and other elements, called as Mangalsutra is tied as a symbol of the marriage. This is followed by the sindhoor on the headline, called as mange of the bride. Similarly, chandan is applied on groom’s forehead by the bride.
Post Wedding Rituals
First post wedding ritual involves the Grihaparvesh in which groom’s mother welcome the new couple and washes their feet with milk and water. This tradition is followed by Aarti and then the bride is asked to enter the house by knocking down a glass of rice, kept at the entrance. It is most interesting to note that the couple enters the house with their right feet first. Lastly, the reception party is organized where delicious food is served to the guests.