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12 Amazing Rajasthani wedding customs that will blow you away!

12 Amazing Rajasthani wedding customs that will blow you away!


India is the land of Vedas and marriages hold a sacred place in them hence, marriages in India are considered a holy affair. But there is no pre-scripted format of weddings across the continent. Every region has their own prevalent customs and rituals that harmoniously come together as the big fat Indian wedding. Rajasthani weddings are no different and are full of traditional antiquities. Set in the western lands of Indian continent, Rajasthan is known for its grandeur, valour, rich heritage and monumental palaces, making it the apt place for perfect Indian wedding.

In India marriages are still a family happening, where the relatives search for prospective brides or grooms through many alternatives like matrimonial sites, references etc. Once the families agree upon the match, then Horoscope matching (Kundali Milan) is followed by in numerous functions of traditional Indian weddings: -

The most famous wedding rituals of Rajasthani marriage are:

  1. Tilak Dastoori: The very first in the series is Tilak dastoori; it is a symbolic function that signifies the commitment of both the families of Marwari bride and groom. In this ceremony, father or brother of the bride put Tilak of vermillion on the forehead of groom. The would-be groom is presented many gifts by his In-laws and with the exchange of gifts; a new beginning of relationship is marked. The ceremony has many names in different regions like in Rajasthani weddings it is called “Tilak Dastoori”, in Gujarati weddings it is known as “Gudd Dhana”, in Punjabi weddings it is called “Roka”, and in South Indian weddings the event is named “Nischitartham”.

  2. Ganpati Sthapna: Like every other Indian event, the journey of marriage also begins by worshipping the god of prosperity and luck. The establishment of Ganpati is done at bride and groom’s house, and the family seeks blessing for the auspicious event. The first invitation for marriage is sent to the deity, ensuring a smooth unwind of functions.

  3. Pithi Function: “Pithi” is a combinational paste of turmeric, mustard oil and sandalwood, the ingredients known for their skincare benefits. The functions of Pithi are organized at the household of bride and groom both. In the event all the married ladies of both the household apply Pithi on the bride and groom, which is accompanied with dholak beats and traditional marriage songs (banna banni geet).
    The Pithi Function Rajasthani wedding rituals

  4. Ghritpan: Another interesting ritual of wedding is Ghritpan. In this custom both the Rajasthani bride and groom drinks ghee (clarified butter) before the beginning of every ceremonial prayer of the wedding rituals. During the pithi function, bride and groom are given a head massage by ghee from all the elderly ladies of the household; it signifies their love and blessings for the couple. After the ritual of Ghritpan, bride and groom are not allowed to move out of their house.

  5. Janeu: The Janeu ceremony is performed with a holy Yajna and accomplished by the priest and the groom. The ceremony is recognized as the step of groom from “Brahmacharya” to “Grihastha”. A holy bonfire is lighted and amidst the mantras, a sacred thread is adorned on the groom’s shoulder signifying the upcoming duties and responsibilities. The function of Janeu is organized a day prior to marriage by almost every Marwari, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi and South Indian community.

  6. Palla and Mahira Dastoori: Rajasthani weddings are closely knitted by many threads of events, in which every family member participates. The Mahira or Mamera is the function where maternal uncle of the bride arrives at the wedding with presents for other family members, it shows that he is here to help his sister with all the responsibilities of wedding. As per the Indian culture, the bride’s trousseau for wedding day is sent by groom’s side; hence this tradition is followed in the Palla dastoori. At this event ladies from groom’s family visit the bride and present her gifts of jewellery and clothes for the wedding day.

  7. Mehandi Ceremony: The Rajasthani weddings are known for their colourful functions and rituals, mehndi function is also one of the traditional celebrations. The event takes place in the evening prior to marriage, in the function all the ladies of both the sides apply heena or mehndi on their hands. The heena is put on the hands of bride and groom, considering it to be auspicious and symbol of love.
    Rajasthani Wedding Mehandi Designs

  8. Mahila Sangeet Function: Dance and music are the purest form to reveal one’s happiness and hence our Rajasthani weddings are incomplete without some twists and belly shakes. The Sangeet ceremony is decorated with laughter, healthy jokes, music and non-stop dancing by all the family members of bride and groom. Earlier the Sangeet function used to be a traditional affair with only Marwari dhol-thali music and ghoomar performances, but nowadays it is blended with the bollywood tadka and grooving.

  9. Sehra Bandi: In Rajasthan the groom dresses like all royalty and leaves to wed his bride on horse, prior to it a very sweet custom is done, known as Sehra Bandi or Baarat Nikasi. As per this ritual the sister of groom applies kajal (kohl) and ties Sehra (a veil of flowers or pearls) on the groom’s forehead to cover his face, it is believed that it wards off the evil eye.

  10. Baarat Prasthan: The procession of groom’s family and friends with band of music and lightning is known as Baarat, which centres groom over the mare or elephant. The Baarat starts from the groom’s place to the marriage venue, where the family of bride welcomes the procession to their abode. The mother of bride invites groom with traditional aarti, post which the groom touches Toran (a decorative hanging to ward off evil eye) and enters the bride’s house.

  11. Panigrahan and Kanyadan: A traditional Rajasthani wedding witnesses many small-small rituals on the day of marriage, which signifies the union of bride and groom. Kanyadan is the custom in which the father of bride offers her hand to the groom, with a promise to take care of her. Kanyadan is followed by a simple and beautiful ceremony know as Panigrahan, in which the bride and groom hold each other’s hand and take the vows for lifetime’s togetherness.
    Famous Rajasthani Wedding Traditions

  12. Ashirvaad Samaroh: The ceremony for showering blessings on the newly wedded couple is usually organized by the groom’s family. Ashirvaad Samaroh has gradually modernized into Reception event, where a dinner party is hosted by the groom’s family for their near and dear ones.

Wondering to have hands on experience with the above rituals and customs? Then plan to attend a Rajasthani wedding soon. Seeing all the traditional events unfold in their colourful taste will surely blow your mind and heart away.