India is a democratic country and everybody has right to choose and follow the religion he/she likes or interested in because there are many religions exist here like Hindu, Muslim, Sikhs and Christians, etc. One of them is Khatri community of the Hindu religion. The Khatri community of Uttar Pradesh is a part of the Kshatriya clan that originated from Punjab.
They conduct their Wedding in their own style that is mostly similar to that of the Hindu Wedding.
After the acceptance of both the families of the girl and boy, the bride, her parents and other close relatives go to the groom's house with lot of gifts to confirm the alliance. The elder members from the groom's family apply 'Tilak', on the groom's forehead followed by fixing an auspicious date for the wedding.
In this ritual, held one or two days prior to the wedding, the groom's family visit the bride's house carrying gifts like jewellery, saris, cosmetics, accessories, silver, sweetmeats for the bride and the groom's mother places silver platters containing all these gifts on the bride's lap. They also apply 'tilak' on her forehead.
This is an important ritual officiated by a pujari. Two small bundles containing betel nuts, tamarind and tiny shells are tied to a red sacred thread called 'mouli' and blessed by the priest. These 'kangans'/bracelets, a symbol of protection for all the wedding rites, are tied to the couple's wrists and remain till the end of all wedding rites.
A purely ladies' function 'mehndi' or henna ceremony, is held a day or two before the wedding and has the professional henna artists making intricate designs on the palms and feet of the bride and the other ladies and girls.
The groom, attired in an off-white or cream colour sherwani suit, a head gear, 'safa' and a jeweled sword, a family heirloom fixed in his waistband, leaves for the wedding venue mounted on a decorated mare and accompanied by family members and close friends dancing to the tune of a live band. At the entrance of the venue the bride's family gives him a warm welcome.
The bride along with her close friends and cousins receives the groom and the pujari performs a small 'puja', after which the couple exchanges garlands. Then they enter the marriage altar erected for the wedding ceremony. In which, the bride and groom exchange their garlands and they are blessed by the elders present in the wedding.
The two officiating priests, one from each family, perform a special 'puja'/prayer for the groom as he enters the altar. The couple, their parents and close relatives perform numerous rituals. The main witness to the wedding, 'Havan' or the sacred fire is lit by the priest amidst chanting of Vedic mantras and he offers prayers to the fire for a long healthy, prosperous and happy for the newlyweds couple.
In this ritual, the bride with betel leaves, betel nuts, rice grains and flower in her hands stands facing the groom. The priest touches the couple's foreheads with a kalash, while the bride's father touching her hands asks the groom whether he is prepared to accept the bride as his wife for which the groom, grasping her hands, promises protect his new wife.
At the end of all the wedding ceremonies the parents of the newlyweds hug and wish each other. At this time close to daylight, the bride is sent to the groom's house. The next day morning the bride's brother comes to the groom's house to bring her, the groom and his close relatives back to the bride's parental house to take part in a sumptuous breakfast.
In the last ritual, 'Vidaai', the bride bids a tearful farewell to her parents, close relatives and friends all the while she is showered with flowers and gifts and arrives at her new house in a decorated car.