We believe that every tradition has a story to tell. And as you tie the knot in the traditional Indian style, wouldn’t it be exciting to know the reasons behind performing certain Hindu rituals? Let’s take a look:

Baraat Swagat: Ceremonious Procession with Band-Bajaa

The groom’s family relishes in taking out a dancing procession on the streets leading to the bride’s house (or the wedding venue). Accompanied by band, bajaa and fireworks, when the Baraat is at the wedding venue -after the initial rounds of fun– the mom-in-law performs an “aarti” of the Dulha and thus, he is welcomed. Cold drinks, snacks and greetings are circulated. In olden times, a horse or elephant was hired for the groom to ride on. In this fast and furious age, hire the latest cars for your baraat with our Wedding car rentals surrey.

Jai Mala/ Var Mala: Time to Garland your Love

The stunning bride awaits the groom with a garland in her hands. With grand fanfare -pyrotechnics, music and more- the groom walk up to the stage, which many a time is revolving, rotating or hydraulic. It is said that whoever lets the other one garland him/her easily, shall be obedient and meek in their wedding life. And how can we let that happen!? So, the bride and the groom are hoisted on their cousins’ and friends’ shoulders to make the “garland ceremony” a challenge! #ChallengeAccepted

Sindoor Ceremony: "A River of red blood"

Sindoor –the vermilion colored powder- is applied to a Hindu woman’s head by her husband, for the first time on the wedding day. Why, you ask? According to Vedic scholars, sindoor is applied on one’s pituitary glands (the center of feelings). The cosmetic powder includes mercury, which (allegedly) helps to activate sexual desires. Traditionally, Sindoor also denotes a river of red blood and thriving life.

Joota Chupai Rasam: A battle over Groom's Shoes!

The sisters of the bride are supposed to steal and hide the groom’s shoes, when he removes them to enter the mandap. It is the groomsmen’s responsibility to protect the shoes. The camps are created, every one’s alert and it turns out that Joota churai is a perfect recipe for two sides to engage in some banter. The groom has to pay gifts and money to his sisters-in-law to get his own shoes (phew! so much for love!). It time to put some bargaining skills to use.

We hope that you get to enjoy all these rasams (and more!) at a Hindu Indian Wedding. Check out our blog regularly for more such spectacular Indian wedding ideas!