Maharashtrian marriage is perhaps the simplest and the least opulent in the whole country. Unlike other weddings, most of the rituals are preformed early in the morning. The Maharashtrian marriage procedure starts with finding a suitable counterpart. After this, the horoscope of the boy and the girl are matched by the purohits. After the horoscopes match, the mahurut for the wedding is taken out. This is followed by the preparations for the marriage, with the wedding rituals being performed along side.
Pre Wedding Rituals
Sakhar Puda ceremony is the initial ritual which takes place in a
Maharashtrain wedding. It can be termed as the engagement, wherein the
bride is given a sari, and sweet or sugar, by the groom's family. Next
is the Kelvan ceremony, which is performed at both the bride's and the
groom's house. It is a small puja of the kuldevta, followed by a meal.
After this, the Haldi ceremony takes place, wherein turmeric paste is
applied to both the bride and the groom. This is known as Halad
Chadavane. This is followed by Simant puja, wherein, once the groom
arrives at the bride's place; her parents wash his feet and give him
Antarpat is a silk shawl used to separate the bride and the groom. The
maternal uncle of the bride brings her to the dias, where the
mangalashtakas are recited. Then the shawl is removed and the couple
sees each other for the first time and exchange garlands. At this moment
they are showered with unbroken rice. After this, the couple asks their
parents for permission to get married. This is called the Sankalp
ceremony. After this, the bride's parents perform the Kanyadaan ritual,
wherein they offer their daughter to the groom.
After Kanyadaan, the groom ties mangalsutra around bride's neck and
applies vermillion in her hair parting. She in return applies a
sandalwood tilak on his forehead. Next is the Vivah Homa, which is
conducted by the groom in assistance with the priest. Following this is
the Saptapadhi ritual, wherein the couple takes seven rounds around the
sacred fire, taking seven vows. The wedding ceremony comes to an end
with the Karmasampati ritual, wherein the bride's father, the bride and
the groom please Gods to bless the wedlock.
Post Wedding Rituals
Grihapravesh is the first ritual conducted after wedding. The groom's
mother welcomes the new couple and washes their feet with milk and
water. After this the traditional aarti is performed and the bride is
asked to enter the house by knocking down a glass of rice, kept at the
entrance. The couple enters the house with their right foot. Last but
not the least Reception party is organized, wherein sumptuous food is
served for the guests.