The wedding mandap is the central part of Indian wedding after the wedding stage. The most auspicious and scared wedding rituals like the seven mangal pheras, kanyadan ceremony, jaimala, mangalsutra bandhan, etc., are all performed at the wedding mandap. Wedding mandap is the place where the couples take vows of nuptial bond with each other and all the guests present witness the loving ceremonies.
A Brief about the Wedding Mandaps
The wedding mandaps are the place at the site of wedding reception, like a canopy under which the several rituals of marriage are performed by the bride and the groom in the presence of fire burning in the center. This canopy of wedding mandap is supported by pillars from all four sides. These four pillars are said to represent the parents of the bride and groom. According to Hindu customs, the marriage of the bride and groom is said to take place with the support of their parents, therefore, parents are considered to be the supporting pillars of their nuptial bond. The bride and the groom express their respect and gratitude towards their parents by standing next to these pillars of wedding mandap.