The Indian wedding ceremony is a gala event that spreads for no less than 6 – 7 days. There is a heavy congregation of the guests; most of whom are the relatives that add to the fun and fervour at the occasion. Most of them are also involved in the rituals and customs that are taken care of with all dedication. India being a land of rich cultural heritage has adored whole range of customs and traditions, especially to make the wedding occasion fulsome and auspicious. The adoption of the traditions and rituals has been along the twin dimensions of spirituality and the fun/fervour that marks the youth celebration in any wedding. Vatna gharoli ceremony is a pious custom that has been a part of the Hindu weddings since ages. It is also practiced with full fervour among the affluent Punjabi and Sikh community in India.
Securing the piousness for the groom
Gharoli ceremony is aimed at securing the spiritual value for the bridegroom before he enters into the wedlock. This tradition involves an earthen pot that is carried by the sister in law of the groom at her head. This pot is taken to the temple and then filled with water from the source placed inside the temple premises. The ladies returning with this earthen pot filled with water is then served to the groom who utilizes this water to take the bath. This necessarily signifies the spiritual element that manifests as the holy water from the temple. It should be stated that water is a strong component of life and is also held as the pious dimension of nature. Most of the life and regenerative processes on this planet have begun with water. When this water is fetched from temple or gurudwara then it emerges as more sacred and potent in its quality. The groom taking bath with this gets enough of energy and initiative to begin his new life! Such is the philosophy of Gharoli tradition and it exemplifies the deep rooted value delivered in favour of humanity.
Great fervour also offered!
Apart from the spiritual value of the vatna gharoli custom, there is a marked celebratory appeal attached with it. It is one of the cherished rituals of the family & is taken care of with full dedication by the close relatives. Generally, the sister in law has been offered the role to carry this legacy on behalf of her brother in law. She carries the decorated earthen pot at her head and moreover, she is accompanied by other ladies to generate almost a procession to behold.
A vibrant celebration
These ladies are dressed up in bright traditional attires and they sing the ‘boliyan’ as they all move to the temple or gurudwara. An attractive visual genre is thus offered. In the modern times, there has been a trend of the bhangra dhol players leading the procession to and from the temple. The ladies return with the earthen pot full of water that is utilized by the groom for taking the bath after which he can lead his baraat to win his bride.