Traditions change with time but when it comes to Indian weddings the rituals never seem to loose its sheen. With time there had been changes that came up in our society but marriage is still a bond that is as sacred as ever. There had been some modifications in our culture but the essence of rituals related to wedding still remain the same. Out of these the most important are the post wedding rituals which everyone loves to attend. Though not much talked about these rituals enhance the merriment of a wedding and ensure that the bride feels welcomed in her new home. Let’s have a look at some such rituals.
Grah Pravesh: The most important ritual after a wedding is the grah pravesh of the new bride. This ritual welcomes the couple with tilak and aarti. This is to signify that both are welcomed by the mother in law in their new union. The ritual is carried and the bride is made to push a rice bowl with her right feet, this signifies wealth and prosperity to the new home. In some cultures the bride is then made to dip her feet in vermillion and walk inside the home. The footprints that are left behind denote the feet of lord Luxmi. In this way the bride becomes a true charm of good luck and prosperity for her new family.
Muh Dikhai: In this ceremony the members from the groom’s family are called to see the bride’s face for the first time after the wedding. As the name suggests the ritual is a way to make the bride feel comfortable with her new relatives. This is the first time she can get to talk to everyone at a more personal level. The female members invited at the ritual bless the bride with gifts and good wishes.
Pag Phera: The pag phere ki rasam is a ritual to which both bride and groom look forward to. As the above mentioned rituals are celebrated to welcome the bride the pag phere ki rasam is the one which welcomes the groom in the bride’s family. Here again the couple is welcomed with aarti at the bride’s home. The couple is then treated with a good feast. This is the most important ritual of all as it signifies that the girl’s bond with her parents is not broken even after her marriage. The rasam is also a way to tell the bride that she will always be welcomed at her parent’s home.
The Fun Games
Apart from these set rituals there are some fun ice breaking games played by the bride and the groom. These games include searching the ring in the bowl of milk or unknotting a string by using one hand. There are other specific cultural games where the groom has to recognize the bride by just looking at her fist or find his name in her mehendi. The purpose of all these rituals is to create a friendly atmosphere so that the bride can bond with her new family in a comfortable way.