Mandap ceremony holds utmost importance on the day of the wedding. This is because all the significant rituals are performed during the mandap ceremony. In India, weddings take place in accordance with the age old customs and traditions. It is a very meticulous process and is fulfilled with the feeling that it is a one time affair. As a result, parents on both the sides do not leave any stone unturned in organizing a prosperous wedding for their kids.
This attributes to the fact that Indian weddings are around five day
long. There are a number of rituals that take place before, after and on
the wedding day itself. Mandap ceremony is also such ritual. After the
var mala ceremony is over, the couple is blessed by the elderly people
of both the families. This is followed by the mandap ceremony, which is
performed under a canopy supported on four pillars. This is called
Mandap. It is usually made of bamboo and is decorated with red and
The four pillars of the mandap signify the parents on both sides, which
toiled hard to bring their children up. The mandap ceremony usually
takes place at the house of the bride or otherwise it is held at the
wedding venue itself. All the rituals during the mandap ceremony are
performed in front of the sacred fire and hymns recited by the priest,
from Vedas. The main rituals conducted here are Saat Phere, Kanyadaan,
Maang baharai etc.