Gujarati are the people who basically live in the state of Gujarat or basically from the Gujarat and leave the state some years before for the sake livelihood. They are very peaceful people who believe in hard work and mostly run their own business. They are fully fun loving, family loving and live the life in a peaceful manner. Moreover, they are warm and cheerful, who are fond of celebrating festivals with fervor. This is quite evident in a Gujarati marriage as well.
These are the pre-wedding rituals and are performed before the main wedding day and are described below:
The Pre-Wedding rituals start with the Mangal Muhurat Ceremony. It is common for the both bride as well as groom families.
Ganesha Puja & Griha Shanti Puja
After Mangal Muhurat Ceremony, a prayer is performed to worship Lord Ganesha to remove all the obstacles from the life of both the families. After matching the horoscopes of the couple, Griha Shanti puja is held. This is done by the priest at the houses of both the bride as well as the groom.
The next ritual which is known as 'Jaan' and it is performed to ward off any evil eye. In this ritual, the groom visits the bride’s home and is welcomed by the bride’s family females. It is interesting to see that the groom touches his mother in law’s feet to take her blessings. During this time, she tries to clutch his noise and he tries to escape.
These rituals are the rituals that are performed at the wedding day. They are described below:
In this ritual, the bride and groom exchange each other’s garlands of flowers twice.
The bride’s feet are washed and he is given honey and milk to drink. That is why this ritual is called Madhuparka.
During the time of Madhuparka when the groom is given honey and other edibles the sisters of the bride steal the shoes of the groom and they return the shoes only when they get a satisfying amount. It is also a part of the wedding rituals.
In this ritual, the girl’s hand is given in the hands of the groom and is expected that he will protect her from every problems.
Kanyadan is followed by Hasta Milap, wherein the groom's shawl is tied with bride's saree. The tying of the holy knot and the joined hands of the couple, signify their union. Rose petals and rice are showered upon them, during this time.
The couple takes rounds, around the scared fire, while the priest chants mantras. There are four pheras in Gujarati marriage.
In this ritual, seven steps and vows are taken by the couple together and they are blessed by the people who are presented in the wedding.
These are the rituals that are performed after the Wedding that are described below:
It is a post-wedding ritual in which the dear relatives give the gifts to the newlyweds’ couple.
In the Vidaai ceremony, the bride is bid a tearful farewell by her family because she has to leave for her new home that is her husband’s home.
On reaching the groom's house, the bride is asked to knock down a vessel filled with rice, with her right foot, kept at the entrance. This ritual is known as Ghar Ni Lakshmi as the bride is considered form of Goddess Laxmi.
In the ritual which is called Aeki Beki, which is a wedding game, played by the couple. A vessel is filled with water and colored by putting sindoor and milk. After this, several coins and a ring are put in it. Both the bride and the groom are then asked to find it. Whoever, succeeds four out of seven times is deemed to rule the household.