Here are some of the most inimitable or you can also say it as unique wedding customs and rituals in Indian communities. These customs can only be seen in India. Here are ten of them!
Marriage at Sarsaul in Uttar Pradesh
Sarsaul is a small town in Uttar Pradesh, there they have a weird way to show their friendliness. The baraatis are not greeted with flowers or Pan Parag! Instead, tomatoes are thrown at them. They believed that a relationship that begins on an unhappy note always turns into love.
This could be faintly creepy. The new bride is given a giant earthen pot to keep on her head by her mother-in-law. Additional pots are added to it to test the fortitude of the bride. This is a test of her skills to sustain balance in the family.
Madhuparka in Gujarati’s is the ceremony when bride’s parents welcome the groom. They wash-down his feet and offer Panchamrut, a liquid made up of milk, honey, yogurt, sugar and ghee. Only then, he comes into the mandap.
In Marathi wedding ceremony, they use a silk shawl named Antrapat to separate the bride and the groom. It is removed when the mangalshaktas (sacred mantras) are recited after which the bride and groom can see each other.
The Rabha communities of Assam have the simplest weddings. Only exchange of garlands. Of course, there is a profligate spread for the guests to indulge in later.
In Punjabis, the Ghara Gharoli ritual is extremely sacred. The bride’s siblings are supposed to fill a pitcher with water, from a nearby temple. The bride is then bathed in the same water after which she dresses her wedding dress.
Tamil Brahmin Weddings
Kasi Yaatari could be one of the most distinctive wedding customs in Tamil Brahmin weddings. Right before the groom come in the Mandap, he has to pretend to have a change of mind and opt for ‘Sanyaasam’ (asceticism). Then, the father of the bride convinces him to pick ‘Grahastham’ (family life).
In Bengali weddings, the aunts of the bride decorate a plate of aarti full of goodies and offer it to the Ganges. They believe that the river will shower blessings on their daughter.
They are probably the most fastidious about the propitious time. Fascinatingly, the most auspicious time in their marriage is when they set out for the wedding place and not the time for the authentic customs. Also, they take three rounds around the Vedic fire.
The entrance of the wedding venue is adored with toran. In this ceremonial, the bridegroom has to hit the toran with a stick of neem. The act of ‘Toranachar’ signifies warding off the evil eyes.