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Everything you need to know about a Maharashtrian Wedding

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By Editorial Team

Updated on 30 June, 2020



India is a land of various types of cultures and traditions in it, experiences a wide range of rituals followed by every religion in their weddings. Talking about Maharashtrian marriage, it is a simple occasion with lots of ritual ceremonies. Maharashtrian Wedding is not about a lot of taam-jhaam but more of love and finding joy in little things. Let’s have a quick view of the rituals followed by them:

 

Pre-Wedding Rituals


pre-wedding at maharashtrian wedding 

Sakhar Puda

 

An engagement ceremony where the bride and groom exchange rings. The groom’s family gifts a saree and sweets (sakhar) to the bride as a sign of acceptance.


sakhar puda at pre-wedding in maharashtrian wedding 

Kelvan Ritual

 

A ritual where both the families gathers at a place and worships their kuldevta. The family performs the prayer, which is followed by lunch.


kelvan ritual at pre wedding in maharashtrian wedding

 

Halad Chadavane

 

This is the Maharashtrian version of Haldi ceremony which is performed at both the bride’s and groom’s place. According to the ritual, mango leaves are dipped in turmeric paste which is applied to the body. This is a small ceremony where only close ones are invited.


halad chadavane in pre wedding at maharashtrian wedding


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Wedding Rituals

 

Seemant pooja

 

This ritual is performed by the mother of the bride when the groom and his family enter the wedding venue. Bride’s mother washes the groom’s feet, and gifts are exchanged between the families.


seemant pooja on wedding day at maharashtrian wedding 

Gaurihar pooja

 

A ritual where the bride worships goddess Parvati. She needs to wear a yellow saree and a string of pearls or flowers which is traditionally called mundavalya across her forehead. The bride does this pooja with her parents.


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Antarpat ritual

 

A Maharashtrian ritual where a silk shawl is placed between the bride and groom so that they cannot see each other. They can see each other once the priest completes his mantras.

 

antarprat pooja on wedding day at maharashtrian wedding


Sankalp ritual

 

Once the priest is done with the mantras, the shawl is removed. The bride and groom can finally see each other, and the guests shower the couple with rice grains while they exchange garlands.


sankalp ritual on wedding day at maharashtrian wedding 

Kanyadan ritual

 

A ritual where the father gives his daughter’s hand to the groom. This ritual is considered to be the most emotional for a father. After this ritual, the groom ties mangalsutra around the bride’s neck and applies sindoor. The bride applies Chandan ka teeka on the groom’s forehead.


kanyadan ritual on wedding day at maharashtrian wedding

 

Saptapadi ritual

 

The wedding couple takes seven rounds in around the holy fire according to the tradition. The bride is supposed to touch the seven soparis, each after the completion of one round. The bride and groom hold hand throughout and promises to support each other in every situation.

 

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Karmasampati Ritual

 

In this Maharashtrian ritual, the couple and their parents pray to god for their well-being. Bride’s brother playfully twists the groom’s ear warning him to be careful with his sister. After all these wedding rituals, a grand lunch awaits for the couple.


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Post-Wedding Rituals


best post wedding rituals in maharashtrian wedding


Varat


The Maharashtrian version of the bidaai ceremony where the bride bids goodbye to her family and is now considered as the part of the groom’s family.

 

Grihapravesh

 

Before entering the house, the groom’s mother welcomes the couple by doing pooja and washes their feet with milk and water. The bride gently kicks the Kalash placed at the entrance, hoping for the prosperity of her new family and enters the house with their right foot first.


grihpravesh in post wedding at maharashtrian wedding 

Reception

 

This is the party time after such a long wedding. A long list of guests are called, and a venue is booked. Everyone gathers and celebrates the love of the newlyweds.


reception after wedding at maharashtrian wedding

 

So, this is all about the function and rituals to attend a Marathi Wedding.

 

Image Source: 7 Iris Studio, Soul Touch Photography, Ishan Wadke Photography, Nitin Arora Photography 



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