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    Traditional Hindu Wedding in Goa

     
    VIVHA (LAGNA) SANSKAR:

    This is Grihastashram - the marriage or wedding i.e. union of a bride and groom whose objective is to achieve completeness of life. There are eight types of marriages according to Ashvalayam Grihasutra Ashtvidhi Vivahprakar.

    a) Brahmavivah
    b) Daivyavivah
    c) Prajapatyavivaha
    d) Arshyavivaha
    e) Gandharvavivaha
    f) Assurvivaha
    g) Paishch vivaha
    h) Rakshashvivah

    Of all these types, Brahmavivah is prevalent and is performed.

    Before performing ay of the above Sanskaras or rites, the following rituals are to be performed

    Of all these types, Brahmavivah is prevalent and is performed.
    Before performing ay of the above Sanskaras or rites, the following rituals are to be performed:

    Ganapati Pujan: whose objective is to protect from any obstacle or danger.
    Punyahavachan: whose objective is to take the blessings of Acharya or Purohit and others for the good of the ceremony.

    Matruka Pujan: Puja is to be performed of twenty seven deities such as Gauri, Padma, Shachi, Megha, Savitri including Kuladeva etc. in order to avoid any obstacle or danger.

    Nandi Shraddha: This is to be performed in order to appease the God and the ancestors. It is believed that the performers get prosperity in life.
    Acharyavarn: By this the Acharya is given the authority to perform the necessary rituals.

    The first step is to see if the horoscope of both the bride and groom tallies.

    If the horoscope tallies then the Prasad-vinanti is obtained from the Kuladeva (Family deity) of the groom. This is taking the permission of the deity for the marriage Then the auspicious day and time is to fixed. By the time Civil Registration of marriage is done. Before that marriage ritual cannot be performed by priest specially in Goa.

    The chief rituals of the Vivah (marriage):

    Vagdan: This is the word given by both parents. This is as good as Sakharpuda.

    Srimantpuja: Welcoming the groom and offering him dress and ornaments.
    Tailharidraropanvidhi: Bride and groom to be given a bath with oil and Haladi.
    Vivahapurvadinkritya: (Mandappratishta, Devaksthapana) - Devkarem
    Varache Vadhugrahi Gaman: on the wedding day arrival of Groom at the Bride's house.

    Madhupark Puja: At the time of Kanyadaan, brides parents should offer curd/milk with honey/jaggery.

    Gaurihar Puja: Puja of Shiva Shankar & Parvati.

    Antapatdharan: Curtain of loin cloth is held by priests between the bride and the groom facing each other holding garlands in their hands.

    Mangalastake: These are the blessings from Gods and all the manifestations of nature saying Kuryat Sada Mangalm. It is customary that the bride wear the auspicious silver toe rings called vede that are put on her feet by her brother.

    Paraspar Nirikshan Mantra: after chanting this mantra bride and groom should garland each other.

    Kanyadanprayog: Swarnabhisek i.e. after putting a little gold coin in water and sprinkling it on the bride and groom, Sutraveshtan is winding of thread soaked in milk around the neck to the waist of the bride and the groom five times, by the priest signifying the marriage bond with love and fidelity, Kankanbandhan is tying of the piece of Haldi with Kumkum, Mangalsutrabandhan is tying of Mangalsutra of black beads with golden bead round the neck of the bride, vastragranthibandhan is the tying of knots to the ends of the Upavastra of the bride and the groom.

    Panigrihan: This is standing of the groom in front of the bride facing the west and holding the right hand of the bride in his right hand and chanting the mantra with a promise of giving her all the prosperity and requesting her to remain with me forever in my oldage.

    Vivah-Home: Lajahome is the home to be performed for the fruitfulness of marriage. The fire is sacred fire. After the seventh round and the Saptapadi is a procedure wherein the groom is holding bride's toe and pulling her one after another on the seven piles of rice taking a vow of fulfillment of marriage.

    Vadhugruhapravesh or Gharbharoiuni: is the rituals performed after returning home with the bride. When the bride enters her husband's house as a married woman her mother-in-law places a bowl of rice at the entrance of the house called Humbro.The bride is then supposed to kick the rice with her right foot in the house.

    Naming Ceremony: This is a ceremony when the groom names his wife with his ring on the plate spread with sugar.

    Devakothapan & Mandapodwasan: This is the last religious ritual of visarjan (removal) of the established deity along with the mandap.

    Panchpartavan: This is a social custom of inviting the groom and his family members to the house of brides' parents for lunch or dinner and offering them some gifts or the other.

    Note: some of the rituals and customs vary from place to place as per geographical divisions

    Celebrating your Hindu Wedding in Goa
    Mehendi Night / Heena Night
    Mehndi is an important custom of a traditional wedding. The evening before the wedding, Mehndi is applied to the palms of the bride. This evening is celebrated with much pomp and show by all the female friends and family members. Traditional songs are sung and dances are performed. It is believed that Mehndi Night brings color to the life of the bride. The bride is showered with blessings by friends and family members. She is wished good luck in her life.

    Wedding planners Goa can arrange the Mehndi at a venue of your choice. The entire venue is decorated with fresh flowers. Traditional Rangolis are put and floral entrance is done. We also arrange traditional welcome dance and the mehndi girls start applying henna on the palms of the bride and other ladies in various ethnic styles.

    Music is arranged during the night. We can arrange Kawali Shows, Gazhal Nights or your own very traditional folk singers to add spice to the night. Various Fast food stalls are set up on the venue. Our planner always stays on site to ensure smooth proceedings of your Sangeet Night.

    THE COLOR OF THE MEHNDI SYMBOLISES THE INTENSITY OF THE GROOM'S LOVE TOWARDS THE BRIDE. IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE DEEPER IS THE COLOR OF THE MEHNDI, THE DEEPER IS THE LOVE OF THE GROOM FOR THE BRIDE.

    Music forms an integral part of a Indian Wedding. Music is the soul of any Indian marriage ceremony. Without music and festivity, a wedding lacks the sparkle and nerve of a celebration. Weddings present an occasion when traditional music is usually played accompanied by various forms of dance whether traditional, folk or modern. The different types of music played before the wedding and during the course of various ceremonies, set the tone, mood and atmosphere for the entire wedding.

    In most traditional Indian marriages, music sessions on both the bride and groom's side begin well before the actual ceremony. The growing influence of the middle-class Indian has resulted in the birth of a new music-oriented industry providing innumerable alternatives to traditional singing to the beat of the DHOLAK. In fact, Hindu weddings rituals are mere excuses to break into song. Relatives and friends of the couple sing enthusiastically during the SANGEET ceremony. Tha Sagan and engagement are also incomplete without the spirited lifting of voice and dancing.

     
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