Barat is one of the most fun filled traditions in the entire wedding ceremony. It is basically the procession, which proceeds from the house of the groom, towards the wedding venue. The procession is attended by the all the relatives and friends from the groom's side. The groom is seated on a decorated horse or an elephant for reaching the venue. The spruced up groom is the center of attention as he is elaborately dressed for the occasion.
The groom wears a turban with 'sehra', which is a flower veil over his
face. Around his neck he wears a garland of Indian currency, signifying
his prosperity. This is a very colorful and grand ceremony, which is
enjoyed by one and all. Before his departure for the venue, tilak is
applied on his forehead, by he various relatives. After this, his
sisters and paternal aunt feed the horse or elephant with sweetened
Next, the groom sits on the horse, followed by his congregated folks.
Everybody dances on the tunes of the song and music played by the band
accompanying them. This way the flock rejoices for the reason that an
eligible bachelor of their family will finally start his new life, along
with his life partner. Amongst all the celebration, the baraat
eventually reaches the marriage spot, where the family members of the
bride, awaits them.
On the arrival, all the followers of the baraat are greeted by the
people from the bride's side. The mother of the bride applies tilak on
groom's forehead and performs aarti to ward off any evil. He along with
his other prominent family members is offered a token of gratitude in
the form of money from the bride's side. After this, the groom leaves
for the sight of Jaimala, for the exchange of garlands with the bride.
Barat is the procession carried out while reaching the wedding venue. Know more on baraat in Indian Hindu marriage.