Significance of Bidaai Ceremony in Marathi Shaadi

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What Bidaai ceremony  in Marathi  Shaadi signifies?

And the last ritual is 'Bidaai Ceremony', this is the  time when the Marathi bride officially leave her home, her loved ones and she goes to a new home & life. In Bidaai ceremony, after the kanyadaan the Marathi bride is taken to her home where she is accompanied by her close family. She is given a thali filled with rice & coins and then she proceeds outside towards the door, then she throws handfuls of rice & coins over her head....This moment is very emotional.

Bidaai ceremony


She hugs her mom and dad and then she bids a final farewell as they cry with full of emotion of giving her away & at the same time they give lots of blessing to her. The father of the bride finally takes her to the car and then he hands his daughter to the groom. This is one of the most emotional moment for bride’s family member.

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Significance of Vivah homa and Satapadi rituals

Maharashtra wedding tradition rituals #7

What really Vivah homa and Satapadi means?

In Vivah homa, a stone is kept near the west of fire (Homekund) and a pot containing water is kept to the northeast. A pot full of ghee is also kept nearby. The pandit then asks the bridal couple to take an oath of the marriage. The groom then prays to the fire and asks to make them pure and away from evil. They also ask for children and their long lives.

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Now in Satapadi, the bride touches seven beetle nuts by her right foot for holy blessings. Beetle nuts are usually placed on top of the rice. So on the last part, the bride then puts her right foot on a grindstone. The groom holds her hand and supports her in this. This basically symbolizes that in future she needs to be strong like stone and her husband will always support her.

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Significance of Kanyadaan ceremony in Marathi wedding

Maharashtra wedding tradition rituals #6

What Kanyadaan ceremony signifies?

Kanyadaan ceremony is one of the most important and popular rituals in Marathi wedding. This ceremony is very emotional for the bride and her parents.  In this ceremony, the parents of the bride give away their daughter to the groom.  So now its groom’s responsibility to take proper care of her and to give her lots of love.

Kanyadaan Ceremony

The pandit asks the groom to join his palm and then he asks the bride’s mother to pour the holy water on groom’s palm. While the bride’s father request groom to accept his daughter as his life partner. The bride also promises that she will always stand by his husband no matter what the condition arises. She also asks her husband to never go against his limits and to love her unconditionally. The marriage rituals continue after Kanyadaan ceremony is completed.

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Significance of Sankalp ceremony in Marathi Wedding

Maharashtra wedding tradition rituals #5

What Sankalp ceremony signifies?

Sankalp ceremony is basically the announcement of marriage on the wedding day itself. Previously in the earlier days, this event was done a day before marriage but nowadays, Sankalp Ceremony is done on the wedding day itself which is the new change.  Ganesh puja is also done as lord Ganesh removes all problems or hurdles and without lord Ganesh blessing this ceremony is incomplete.

Sankalp Ceremony

In short, the parents of bride and groom declare the marriage in their own places. This announcement of marriage is witness by pandit who gives his blessing to bride and groom. The commencement of marriage begins after this ceremony.

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Importance of Simant pujan ceremony in Marathi wedding

Maharashtra wedding tradition rituals #4

What Simant pujan ceremony signifies?

Simant basically means limits or boundary, in Simant pujan ceremony the groom and his every family member comes to the limits of brides home. Nowadays there are some changes in this ceremony as earlier this ceremony would take place before the wedding but nowadays Simant pujan ceremony takes place on the wedding day itself.

Simant pujan ceremony

The puja of the groom is done by bride’s mother. She then cleans groom’s feet with water and also applies kumkum tilak and she also does aarti and also presents gifts to him. Then the groom’s mother gives gifts like sarees and jewelry to their future bride. Madhupak is offered to groom’s family members. Gift’s like suit, jewelry etc are given by bride’s family. This is next followed by special lunch. This is how the Simant pujan ceremony is ended on a happy note.

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What Kelvan ceremony signifies in Marathi wedding?

Maharashtra wedding tradition rituals #2

Kelvan ceremony is one of the important marriage tradition followed in Marathi wedding. In this ceremony the parents of the soon to be bride and the groom invite each other’s family for a meal and gift are given as a token of love. 2-3 days before marriage in this ceremony the relatives of each other family are also invited to the bride and the groom place and close relatives give wedding gifts to the bride and similar function is organized at the groom place.

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This is one of the important traditions that shows love, respect,and bond between the families. The parents officially give clothes, jewelry,and other expensive items to the bride. This tradition is being followed in Marathi wedding from years. The Kelvan ceremony ends with a sweet note and both the family returns to their home.


Importance of Sakharpuda ceremony in Maharashtrian Marriage

Maharashtra wedding tradition rituals #1

Sakharpuda basically mean sugar and a packet of box. In this ceremony, the soon-to-be bridegroom's parents give a pack of sugar to the bride, while the bride's parents give a coconut and coin to the future bridegroom. This basically signifies a promise by both the parents to give their children in marriage to the other. In this ceremony both bride and bridegroom exchange rings with each other and engagement is done.

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On this occasion, people make Maharashtrian style shira-bhat or kurma puri etc. This exchange shows the love and respect between both the families. The Maharashtrian bride is also gifted sarees and green bangles by her in-laws. The wedding card is printed only after Sakharpuda ceremony. There are many traditions followed in Maharashtrian marriage, which will be discussed in series of blogs later.