Wedding / Lagna / Vivah Sanskar

Dinesh Pandya

Wedding / Lagna / Vivah Sanskar

Weddings in Gujarati community involve a number of symbolic rituals. These rituals make the couple understand their responsibilities and importance of each other. The husband and wife are told about their set of duties to be performed in their matrimonial life. The celebrations in the Gujarati community are very simple yet very colourful.

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Alike all Hindu communities, the wedding rituals are performed in three stages, which are pre-wedding, wedding and post-wedding rituals. Here we highlight some of wedding rituals observed in the Gujarati communities:
Ganesh Puja & Avahana/Sthapana by Bride’s parents, followed by Samaiyu — Pokhvanu — Kanya Daan – -Bride’s grand entrance – Laxmi Puja – Exchange of Garlands – Ganth Bandan – – Varmala – Hast Melap – Yagna – Mangal Fera – Saptpadi (seven promises) — Sindoor & Mangalsutra – -Akhand Saubhagyawati – Vidai

Hindu sacraments are called ‘sanskars’ and the sacraments performed during wedding are called ‘Vivah Sanskar’ and marks the start of the second and the most important stage of life – – ‘Grahasth Ashram’ which involves setting up of a new family unit.

Two individuals who are considered to be compatible form a lifelong partnership at this ceremony in which the duties and responsibilities of a householder are explained.

The precise details and rituals performed in a wedding ceremony vary from region to region and often take several hours to complete. I am able to adapt any variation required by either parties as per their traditions and customs according to the community. seven-promice

In UK, the wedding ceremony ritual is about one & half hours or according to the time allocated (subject to proper organisation/preparation by both the wedding parties) with relevant Mantras & full explanations and guidance of important ritual in English. This is most appreciated by the youth of today and especially with non-Gujarati guests…

I cordinate with the wedding dj beforehand to jointly conduct this ceremony with proper ritual and relevant music/songs to the expectations and satisfaction of the Bride, Groom, their respective families and guests.