In Indian wedding, there are a number of unique ceremonies that are meant to spiritually align and unite the groom and bride in the sacred married state. A number of ceremonies and rituals form part of a wedding, where couple is blessed for a happy life by family and friends. Emotions thus are an important natural part of every wedding. The joy of entering a new life is somewhat dampened by the prospects of the girl leaving her parent’s house. This ritual, also known as vidaai ceremony signifies an important event in the Indian weddings.
Significance of the Vidaai Ceremony
The vidaai ceremony denotes the culmination of the wedding, where the bride is bid farewell by her parents and family members. Emotions of both happiness and sorrow mark this ceremony. Parents are happy for their daughter entering a new phase of her life and simultaneously the pain of separation with their loving daughter induces strong emotions of sadness in them. The bride also witnesses the same emotions as she is leaving the comforts and love of her parent and going to enter a life of relative uncertainty.
Rituals of the Indian Vidaai Ceremony
The vidaai ceremony involves a number of rituals given as under:
- The bride while stepping out of her house pauses at the doorway to toss handful of coins (symbol of wealth) and rice (symbol of health) backwards over her head thrice, denoting Goddess Lakshmi while wishing prosperity for her parent’s house.
- Following this, the bride’s parents hand over their daughter’s hand to her husband as a symbol to him to take care and support their beloved daughter.
- The culminating event in the vidaai ceremony is the couple sitting in the car which is then pushed by bride’s brothers signifying pushing them towards good luck and a joyful life.
- Finally, the girl’s family concludes the vidaai rituals by throwing of coins on the road to ward off all the evils which might come in the couple’s way in the new life.
Vidaai is a sentimental moment for everyone in bride’s family. For the bride, the joys of the new life are bounded by the sadness of leaving the parent's home. For the groom, the situation sometimes turns a little awkward as there is surge of emotions in him as well. The groom is obviously concerned for his bride’s emotions and thus it takes lot of strength to see everyone sad around him. However, as a groom it is important that he assures the bride’s family that their precious gem will be looked after and taken care of in her new life. After this, the bride is greeted into her new home by the groom's family through various ceremonies like griha pravesh, followed by lot of other celebrations.