Gujarati Rituals

Gujarati Wedding Rituals, Ceremonay and Vidhi

  1. Initially, Lord Ganesha’s Puja is performed at the House followed by the Puja of the family’s Kuldevta and Kuldevi.
  2. Then, Mandap Muhurat Puja is performed at the Home in which a Garland i.e. Toran is tied at the door of the House & Building or the Wedding venue’s entrance. Bride’s Mandap Muhurat is compulsorily done at the wedding venue while the Groom’s can be done either at the venue or his place.
  3. Mandap Muhurat main Manek-stambh ko kund maan ropana i.e. the manek-stambh is sowed into a pot filled with soil and then, the Dulhan will tie Mindhal to the Dulha.
  4. Then, the procedure of Mameru is performed.  
  5. Post this, we proceed to the day of the wedding wherein it all begin with the Jaan i.e. Baraat arriving at the wedding venue.
  6. Once the Jaan is at the venue, a girl below 12 years will perform the ritual of samayu i.e. doing the Tilak on Dulha’s forehead carrying a Nariyal-Kalash. 
  7. Then, once the Groom is at the door, the bride arrives and they make each-other wear a garland i.e. Dulha Dulhan ek dusre ko haar pehenayge.
  8. Then, the Bride’s mother using Dhusal, Musal, Taak, Raviyo does the aarti of the Groom (Kanya ki Maa Dulhe ko ponkhegi).
  9. Dulhan ki maa eendiya-pindya sae nazar utaregi i.e. Using circular dough of either wheat flour or ash; Bride’s mother discards all the evil & ill from the Groom.  
  10. The Groom breaks two clay lamps using his right leg’s heel.
  11. The Bride’s mother then using a Nariyal-Kalash performs the Aarti of the Groom.
  12. Then, the Groom i.e. Varraja is taken to the Lagna Mandap i.e. Chori.
  13. While the Groom sits there on his chair, the father & mother of the Bride will perform Ganesh Puja, Navgraha smaran and Puja along with Kuldevi’s smaran.
  14. After all the above Pujas, Kanya ke Mata Pita i.e. Bride’s mother & father will do Var-Pujan i.e. the Puja of the Groom by giving him an aasan, cleansing his leg, giving him arg and giving him Madhupaak.
  15. As the Pandit chants the Manglashtak, Bride’s mother’s brother i.e. Mama will bring the Dulhan in the Wedding Mandap i.e. Chori.
  16. Bride and Groom will make each other wear a Garland i.e. Var-Kanya ek dusre ko haar pehenayge
  17. Then, using the Var-Pujan procedure Bride’s mother and father will perform Kanya-Pujan.
  18. After the sankalp of Kanyadaan, Bride’s mother & father will give her hand to the Groom i.e. Kanyadaan ki vidhi.
  19. Chedha-chedi bandhi jaayegi aur kanya ke mata pita dono ko varmala pehenayege i.e. Bride’s mother & father will make boh of them wear varmala and tie their knots.
  20. Both, the Bride & Couple will take the holy rounds i.e. Fere Lenge and while they take the Feras, Bride’s brother will offer Jau-Tal to the holy fire of the Havan-Kund.
  21. Dulhan ke mata pita kansar khilayenege dono ko i.e. Bride’s parents will feed them sweets.
  22. The Panditji performing the Vivah Puja will explain the seven holy vows of the marriage to the couple i.e. Saptapadi samjhayenge.
  23. Both the sides married women will give blessings to the Dulhan i.e. Saubhagyavati Bhavah.
  24. Mangalsutra pehenana i.e. Dulha will tie a holy necklace of black beads & gold known as Mangalsutra to the Dulhan.25.   The Groom will apply vermillion at the Bride’s forehead i.e. Sir pae sindoor lagana known as maang bharna
  25. Chori vadarvani vidhi i.e. the Dulha Dulhan will apply Tilak to the Pots i.e. Matkas in all four directions of the Lagna Havan.
  26. The couple will seek blessings of Lord Ganesha from Bride’s Ganpati Sthapana.
  27. Mandap ochalvani vidhi i.e. Var-Kanya ko Mandap main sae Vidai dena. (The Bride & Groom will be given Vidai from the Wedding Shamiana.
  28. Finally, making the married couple sit in the car and breaking a coconut below the right tire of the car; the Dulha & Dulhan ki Vidai hogi.