You have learned so much about Indian weddings- various rituals of it, the significance of all of them and a lot more. You probably have learned how to choose the perfect Indian wedding invitations along with the perfect menu, location, venue and a lot more. But Indian weddings are no less than “onion”; you can find a “layer” to unfold every time. This time we bring you the several traditional ways in which a groom is welcomed in an Indian wedding.
If you ask any Indian, what’s the most fun part of the wedding after food; the answer would be “Baraat” undoubtedly. Baraat is the wedding procession lead by none other than the groom. All the family members of the groom dance around and with utter pompous come to the venue to tie the knot. Dancing, enjoying, the procession is welcomed by the entire family of Bride.
The VIP is obviously the groom who gets a special welcome. The practices of this welcome differ in every region. This ritual is the best connotation of how happy everyone is at the two people “most perfect for each other” are going to tie the knot of “FOREVER”. So, what are we waiting for, we are not the baraatis, which are generally late, let’s get to know several different ways in which a groom is welcomed in Indian wedding:
- The prayers await the “GROOM” in Punjabi wedding
As per the Punjabi wedding, this practice of welcoming the groom is known by the name of “milni” this ritual is performed to let the family member of both the sides can acquaint with each other. Once the whole wedding procession which is baraat reaches the main venue, the brother of the bride welcomes the groom and brings him down of “Ghodi”, the horse on which the groom comes. Thereafter there is a small session of prayer which is called by the name of “ardaas” followed by milni.
- Gujarati wedding have “nose-worthy” welcome
In Gujarati wedding, this “welcome ritual” is known by the term “Ponkhana”. As the groom reaches, the mother of the bride receives him and performs an “Aarti”. This is followed by one amusing practice wherein the “to be the mother in law” of the groom tries to pluck his nose before entering the main venue. This practice is an absolute delight to watch where the bride’s mother and groom try their best, groom in saving his nose and mother in plucking one.
- Some more rituals in Maharashtrian wedding
As per the Maharashtrian wedding, the groom is welcomed by the bride’s parents. The ceremony of “seesam pooja” is conducted then. As per this, the groom’s legs are washed with water by the bride’s parents. Later they apply the “Tilak” on his forehead which is followed by an aarti. The groom is made to sit on a stool which is known as “chaurang”. After this the bride’s parents and close family shower him with some great gifts.
These are three popular ways in which a groom is welcomed At Indian wedding. If you want to be an “eye-witness” of all this fun, see your “Indian wedding card” and enjoy while watching these interesting rituals.