You know the Hindu marriage is a sacred union of two souls, cultures and societies. So, it is full of rituals like pre wedding, during wedding and post wedding. It creates a bond of love, care, commitment and relationship among the individuals who become husband and wife thereafter.
Here an attempt is made to acquaint you with post wedding rituals of a perfect Hindu marriage. These may be as follows:
1. Ashirvaad (Blessings)
The Hindu marriage is completed when the ritual of saptapadi is completed. After that the couple (husband and wife) receives the blessings of the Brahmin who performs the marriage. The guests present at the venue shower flowers along with coloured rice on the couple and bless them for life long happiness.
It is the farewell ceremony of the bride and she leaves her parental family. It is a very emotional moment when there are tears in everyone’s eye present there. The bride has tears in her eyes for leaving her family (where she was born and brought up) and happiness in her heart to start a new life.
When the bride and groom reach the house of the groom, they are welcomed by the ladies and other people of the family of the groom. The wife enters the house of the groom placing right foot first which is considered auspicious. In some cultures, the bride and grooms are not allowed to keep their foot on the ground and they place their feet together in specially made baskets. The keeping foot together symbolises staying together for the rest of life. The mother of the groom performs aarti of the new couple.
4. Worship of home deity
The couple keeping the feet together in specially made baskets are taken the room or place where they perform the worship of home deity together. The mother and other ladies of the family and relations are present there to guide the new couple in performing worship.
On the day of the return to groom’s family or on the second day (as suggested by Brahmins), the couple (in some cultures only the groom) goes to the village temples and performs the worship to the village deity. The ladies of his family and neighbourhood accompany him singing the mangal geet.
5. Wedding Reception
The wedding reception is held at the groom’s house (or place) after one or two days for arrival of bride. It is most important and expensive affair. All the relatives and guests are invited to the venue. They are present high quality food and beverages. This is the moment of enjoyment for all. The bride and groom sit on specially decorated chairs and they receive gifts from the guests.
6. Making of food by bride
After some days of arrival in the new house, the bride prepares food for the family members. The food is generally sweet in taste. The elders of the family present gifts to the bride. Now the bride becomes the part of the family.