Grah Shanti / Mandvo

Dinesh Pandya

Mandap Muhurat /Ropan & Grah Shanti or Satak

The actual ceremony commences with the performance of Ganesh Puja and Mandap Muhurat; the ceremony symbolising the beginning of the wedding in the family which may be three or five days prior to the wedding day .

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This ceremony starts with Ganesh Sthapan; an invitation to Lord Ganesh to be present at this occasion. His presence is believed to ensure the smooth running of the ceremonies and to remove any obstacles, bringing happiness and prosperity. This is performed by a learned priest.

This follows the ceremony of “Mandvo” or Mandap Ropan. The priest will tie Meendhol to the right hand of the bethrothed, symbolising an emblem of purity. Manek Sthumbh – the pillar of gem – is also bestowed at the ceremony, expressing the sign of good luck and wealth.

Grah Shanti is the most important vidhi prior to the wedding that may include all or part of the following Puja
Ganesh Pujan, 16 Matruka Pujan, Nav Grah Pujan, Brahmaji staphan,
Punyavachan, Mandap Ropan, Grah Shanti Yagna + Gotardo / Varad & Pithi.

Some communities only have Ganesh Puja and Mandap Ropan (Mandvo) without GrahShanti Yagna. This is often performed on the same day as the wedding as per the Bride’s family traditions and beliefs.

Each Shashtriji (priest) has his own method of conducting the Puja and thus the method & requirements vary. I believe the Puja to be most Auspicious – thus I conduct this very traditionally within the time frame allocated with main topic and important details explained in English