Get a Closer Look at the Royal Marwari Wedding Traditions (2023)

Marwar, the historical land of the Royals, still has rich vibes in its culture and traditions. With their colourful wedding attires, grand music and exotic cuisines, you get the feeling of attending a real majestic wedding. From Byaah Haath to Jua Khilai a Marwari Wedding is a bouquet of traditions accessorised with vivid emotions.

Grand, vibrant, lavish, and glamourous- these are the terms that precisely define a Marwari wedding. Rajasthan is known for its rich culture and colourful traditions. Therefore, it's only natural that their weddings are a pure display of those elements. Typical Marwari weddings have elaborate pre-wedding, wedding and post-wedding rituals that are very interesting and fun.

So, if you're about to get married in a Baniya or Marwari family, it's a good idea to get accustomed a little bit to the Marwari Wedding and its raditions. Read on to get a closer look at the wedding customs and rituals.

How about we take you on an exclusive tour of wedding rituals and traditions- Marwari style so that you can learn all there is to know about Marwari Wedding?

PRE WEDDING RITUALS

Roka Ceremony

A Roka ceremony is one of the earliest Marwari wedding traditions that happens a few months before the wedding date. A Marwari or Baniya Roka is similar to a Punjabi Roka ceremony when is basically the official union of both the families. Parents from both families perform Tilak as a blessing to the bride and the groom and then they exchange gifts. It's usually a homey affair, but some families also prefer to make a big celebration out of the day.

Byaah Hath & Bhaat Nyotana

Byah Haath usually starts 7 to 10 days prior to the Marwari Wedding.Once the wedding date is finalised, all the women in both families singMangal Geetwhile preparing homemade sweets made of lentils and jaggery calledMangodi. That's Byaah Haath. The mother of the bride/groom then invites everyone in the family (including her siblings' in-laws & their families) or as they call it, performs Bhaat Nyotana. This is an official wedding invitation custom that begins with a Naandi Ganesh Puja to ensure a hassle-free wedding.

Lord Ganesha and other family deities are worshipped at Naandi Ganesh Puja to ensure a hassle-free wedding.

Raatri Jaga & Mudda Tikka

Raatri Jaga is a ritual performed to ward off the evil forces. In this, all holy symbols like the Swastika or Om are hand-painted on the walls and floors. As per Marwari wedding traditions, the groom and his family visit the bride's home for Mudda Tikka or Sagai ceremony. During this occasion, both families exchange gifts and sweets while the couple exchange engagement rings. Sometimes a Roka and a Sagai are merged together to one big function.

Pithhi Dastoor

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Pitthi Dastoor (Haldi ceremony) and Mehndi are celebrated in Marwari weddings more or less in a similar fashion as the rest of the country. A paste of Haldi and sandalwood is applied to the bride/groom and they're not allowed to step out of their homes after that until the wedding.

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The bride and the groom are each given a holy bath after applying turmeric paste, mustard oil and curd. Then they are offered to eat special jaggery sweets called Ghungra. After that, the maternal uncle gives the bride/groom Shagun money for good luck.

Mehndi Ceremony

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The Mehndi is considered as a Shagun (auspicious token) for the bride. One unique Marwari wedding tradition (especially in Baniya weddings) is that along with the bride, it's mandatory for the groom to apply Mehndi on his hands too. So while you're at it, look for some stunning groom's Mehndi designs too!

Mahira Dastoor

Typically as per Marwari wedding traditions,the role of the maternal uncle (Mama) and aunt (Mami) is very significant. In aMahira Dastoor,the bride and groom's Mama-Mami bless them with gifts, token money, and clothes. The mother of the bride welcomes the mama by serving him homecooked meals. The basic thought behind this particular custom is that a woman's brother has to take care of her and her family even after she gets married. HenceMahira Dastoor is celebrated quite grandly in a Marwari or Baniya wedding.

Palla Dastoor

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As per thePalla Dastoor, representatives from the groom's family gift the bride and her family with clothes, jewellery, sweets, fruits and the likes wrapped in beautiful trousseau trays. The bride is supposed to wear the same clothes & jewellery at the wedding. This tradition is quite similar to thewedding Tatto gifting tradition in a Bengali wedding.

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Note: Janeu is a ritual where the groom wears a saffron-coloured robe and the priest ties a sacred thread around while performing a Havan.

Mehfil

As per the Marwari wedding traditions, the Mehfil is an all-men Bachelor’s party and an all-women Bachelorette party, happening separately. The groom, his groomsmen and all the other men share jokes, drink, enjoy Rajasthani folk music and dance performances all night long before the D-day.

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Similarly, the bride enjoys her last night of singlehood with her gals. The Mehfil has fused into modern versions of bachelor’s and cocktail parties these days with Bollywood music along with traditional songs.

WEDDING DAY RITUALS

Marwari wedding traditionsconsist of a number of rituals that are fun and colourful. So let's take a look at the wedding traditions:

Thamb Puja

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AThamb Pujais a ritual where the groom's family priest performs a Puja at the bride's house directed at the pillars of the house. The symbolic idea behind worshipping the building pillars is to ensure a strong foundation between the two families. This is one of the Marwari wedding traditions which is quite unique.

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A Havan involves creating a pit to light a sacred fire where the priest performs an elaborate Puja. After theHavan is over, 11 priests are served food and offeredDakshina(token money).

AGharvais performed at the bride's family where Goddess Parvati is worshipped. The idol is decked up with clothes and jewellery that are offered by the groom's family.

Korath & Ganpati Puja

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Korathis a Marwari wedding tradition where some of the male members of the bride's family, along with their family priest arrive at the groom's house to invite him and his family to the wedding mandap. The groom's family then offers them food and some token money to the priest.

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Korathis followed by a Ganpati Puja that's performed by the groom's family right before he begins his journey towards the venue. This Ganpati Puja is also called the mandap ceremony and is performed to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha for a hassle-free wedding.

Nikasi & Baraat

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As per Marwari wedding traditions, in a Nikasi the husband of the groom's sister lovingly decks up the groom by tying a fancy Sehra on his head. Groom's sister then applies a kajal dot on his face and ties a golden thread on the mare to ward off evil. The mare is also decked up with jewellery and the priest performs a Puja. The mother of the groom then feeds him a mixture of lentils, rice, sugar & ghee which is considered as auspicious.

TheBaraator the groom's procession is then ready to head towards the wedding venue. People dance and sing along with the mare accompanying the groom to the mandap.

Toran & Baraat Dhukaav

The wedding venue entrance is decorated beautifully withToran(decorative arch hanging) that the groom has to touch before entering. Just before his entrance, the groom hits a Neem tree with a stick. This is one of the Marwari wedding traditions that's performedto cast away all negative energies.

The bride's mother then welcomes the groom by feeding him sweets, flowers and performing Aarti.

Jaimala & Granthibandhan

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Once the bride is brought to the mandap, she has to put sevenSuhalis(kind of snacks) on the groom's hands. This is when the couple exchange floral Jaimalas or Varmalas with each other.

Right after the Jaimala ceremony,GranthibandhanorGanthbandhanis performed. According to Marwari wedding traditions,one end of the bride's veil or Churni is tied with an end of the groom's waistcloth to make a knot. This cloth is then placed at the groom's shoulder. This whole ritual signifies the union of the couple.

Kanyadaan

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A Kanyadaan ritual as per the Marwari wedding traditionsis similar to the Kanyadaan rituals in most Hindu marriages. This is the moment when the father of the bride gives away his daughter to the groom. He first explains their family lineage to the groom and asks him if he can promise to take her responsibility. Similarly, the bride is asked if she's willing to accept the groom's family and his surname. The couple then takes an oath to support and be with each other through thick and thin.

Panigrahan

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Pani means hand andGrahan mean acceptance. After the Kanyadaan, the bride's father places his daughter's hand over the groom's hand and asks him to accept her as his wife. This particular Marwari wedding tradition represents the union of two souls.

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Saptapadi/Phere & Ashwaroham

Just like other Hindu wedding traditions, the couple takes seven rounds around the holy fire seven times in aSaptapadi or Saat Phere while chanting mantras together. With each round, the bride has to push a grinding stone with her toe which signifies the warding off challenges away from their lives. This ritual is called Ashwaroham. The bride also needs to touch Mehndi paste after each round.

Vamang Sthapana

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TheVamang Sthapnais when the bride's brother gives her a handful of puffed rice and she has to throw it into the sacred fire together with the groom. This ritual is performed three times and is exactly the same as the Khoi Fela ritual in a Bengali wedding.

Sindoor Daan or Sumangalika

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The next step is the Sindoor Daan where the groom applies vermillion on the bride's hair mid parting. The couple then stands facing the North star. During the Sindoor Daan ritual, the mother of the groom gives the bride a Nathni or a Nath which she's expected to wear once the Havan is over.

Aanjhala Bharai

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Aanjhala Bharaaiis believed to be one of the most significant Baniya or Marwari wedding traditions.The father of the groom drops a bag of money at the lap of the bride. The bride is then expected to divide the money equally and distributed among her sister-in-law, and her husband. This custom signifies the financial responsibility that a bride is supposed to take care of efficiently.

Paharavani

Once all the Marwari wedding traditions are over, as per a Paharavani, the groom has to sit on a new cloth and the bride’s family showers him with gifts. Both the families and the priests bless the new couple for a prosperous future. The bride pays respect to her father's home and performs a Puja at the threshold. Finally, she breaks an earthen lamp with her feet at the exit.

Joota Chupai

Joota Chupai is one of the most fun Marwari wedding traditionsthat is performed North Indian weddings and now almost every wedding in India. Once the wedding is over and the groom is about to exit, his shoes are being stolen by the bride's sisters and brothers. An amount of token money is demanded in exchange for the shoes. This eventually becomes quite a fun negotiating wedding game among the team bride and team groom!

Sir Guthhi & Sajjan Goth

After a long tiring day of the wedding, an elderly lady of the house combs bride's hair washes her face to freshen her up. That's a Sir Guthhi.

An elaborate Marwari traditional meal is arranged by the bride's family. This meal is personally served by the bride's father and other male members of the family. Dal Baati Choorma, Ker Sangri, Gatta curry, Lal Maans, Gatta Pulav are some of the must-add Rajasthain delicacies in the menu.

POST WEDDING RITUALS

Jua Khilai & Bidaai

Jua Khilaitakes place the next morning at the bride's house. It involves a lot of fun wedding games that usually the Mami of the bride arranges. During these games, everyone cheers the couple. The games are designed in a fashion that it tests the compatibility between the newly-wed couple.

Before the Bidaai ceremony, the couple is taken to the kitchen and a Thali Puja is performed. A half-dried coconut filled with coins and sugar is handed to the bride which she later gives to her mother-in-law.

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Everyone bids the bride farewell with teary eyes. A coconut is broken by the car wheels which is considered as a good omen.

Grihapravesh/Bahu Agaman

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The bride is welcomed to her new family as per Marwari wedding traditions.First, her sisters-in-law guard the entrance in jest and ask for some gifts and bribe in order to let the couple in. The groom's aunt then performs Aarti and welcomes her home. The bride has to topple down a jar full of rice with her foot, dip her feet into a red dye and walk inside the house leaving red footprints.

The bride is then asked to touch ghee and jaggery and then a bag full of money signifying prosperity and harmony in the family. The couple is then asked to light a lamp in their house temple and offered sweets.

Pagelagni & Chura

Finally, an elderly lady takes off the bride's veil and that's when everyone blesses the couple. The bride is formally introduced to all the family members and she touches their feet for blessings, which is known as Pagelagni.

The groom's mother then adorns the bride's hands with beautiful lac Choodas as a symbol of maritalShringar.

Pag Phera

After a day or two, the bride visits her paternal home along with the groom and the newly-wed couple is heartily welcomed. The young siblings and cousins tease the groom and crack light-hearted jokes about their first night! They all enjoy a hearty meal together spend some quality time and the couple then returns to the groom's home in the evening with loads of gifts from the bride's family.

THE WEDDING OUTFIT

The Marwari Groom

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A Marwari groom sports either an Achkan over a Jodhpuri or a sherwani paired with a Churidar pyjama. A red Bandhni printed turban held together by traditional jewellery called Sarpech enhances the royal look. And just like a Rajput, a Marwari groom dons gold or a pearl necklace or a Jadau piece and wears a Kamarbandh with a Sword tucked in.

The Marwari Bride

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The traditional Marwari bride wears heavily embroidered bridal lehenga with stone and crystal embellishments. The lehenga is paired with an equally heavy Odhni covering the bride’s face. Fort the pheras however, she may don a Pavri ki saree, which is a gift from her in-laws. If it is combined with the lehenga then she may choose to drape it like a dupatta over her existing bridal attire.

Rakhri, Borla (Maang tikka), Timaniyaan (diamond-studded choker), Choodiare (bangles), Bajuband (armlet), Bichhiya (toe-ring) and Nath (nose ring) are some of the mandatory Marwari jewellery to be adorned by a bride. Most jewellery is made of gold with elaborate Jadau, Meenakari and Kundan work-a speciality of Marwar region.

Now you know how gorgeous and glamorous a Marwari wedding is. If you’re planning a Marwari wedding for yourself, or for your friend, consult with the Wedding Planner to add an authentic regional aura to the wedding. Hire Mehndi artists or folk musicians from Rajasthan to have a spectacular Mehfil. And don’t forget for a taste session of that special Laal maas before finalising the caterer.

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FAQs

What is Marwari tradition? ›

As per Marwari wedding traditions, the groom and his family visit the bride's home for Mudda Tikka or Sagai ceremony. During this occasion, both families exchange gifts and sweets while the couple exchange engagement rings. Sometimes a Roka and a Sagai are merged together to one big function.

What are 3 traditions that occur during an Indian wedding? ›

The actual nuptial ceremony and reception, similar to what a Western wedding encompasses, take place on the third day after two days of more intimate events (such as the tilak ceremony, the haldi (or pithi) ceremony, the mehndi party, and the sangeet) that are only attended by close friends and family members.

How can I be respectful at an Indian wedding? ›

Be respectful by wearing color and covering your head.

Both men and women will also want to be sure to bring something to cover their heads during the ceremony, especially if the wedding will be Sikh or Hindu. Women wearing a saree can use their drape fabric or bring an extra scarf, called a dupatta.

What are the rituals in Rajasthani wedding? ›

The Tilak ceremony in the Rajasthani wedding is an equivalent of the traditional Roka ceremony, where the impending marriage is officially announced. A male ceremony, the men from the bride-to-be's home bear gifts for the groom and his family (a sword, clothes, jewellery, sweets).

What is wife called in Marwari? ›

Bahu. Wife, son's wife. Bana. A type of wedding song, in both Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

What do you wear to a Marwari wedding? ›

Top Marwari Wedding Dress styles are mostly traditional lehenga Cholis or typical Jodhpuri Suits. Basically, everything which is known for its glam as a wedding outfit.

Who pays for an Indian wedding? ›

Who pays for an Indian wedding? It's mostly split between the couple and their parents, 50/50. Sometimes however, if one side is insisting on more guests or extra fanfare, then those costs are adjusted.

What are the 7 promises of Indian marriage? ›

In this ritual, the couple exchange vows of love, duty, respect, faithfulness, and a fruitful union where they agree to be companions forever. These vows are recited in Sanskrit. Let's delve deeper into these seven vows of Hindu marriage and understand the meaning of these Hindu Wedding vows in English.

Who pays bride price in India? ›

Paying and accepting dowry is a centuries-old tradition in South Asia where the bride's parents gift cash, clothes and jewellery to the groom's family. The study was based on dowry data from 17 Indian states that contain 96% of India's population.

What rituals are done after marriage? ›

Mooh Dikhai is an important Hindu post wedding ceremony. It is basically held to introduce the new bride to the groom's family. The ladies unveil the face of bride and also shower her with gifts. The mother-in-law, in particular, offers presents to the bride as a gesture of welcome.

What are the 5 parts of the wedding ceremony in order? ›

Order Of Wedding Ceremony
  • Processional. The processional begins with bridesmaids and groomsmen walking down the aisle, typically paired up. ...
  • Readings. A few people may be invited up to share or exchange readings at this point in the ceremony. ...
  • Exchange of Vows. ...
  • Pronouncement of Marriage. ...
  • Unity Ceremony.
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What are the three things for a bride? ›

The tradition is based on an Old English rhyme that dates back to 19th-century Lancashire. It describes the items a bride should have on her wedding day: "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in your shoe."

What gift to bring to Indian wedding? ›

The traditional wedding gift is money, which is regarded as the most thoughtful gift for the couple to start their lives together. This is better done by placing money in a pretty envelope or embroidered bag, along with your best wishes.

How much money should you give at an Indian wedding? ›

Even if you aren't close to the couple, however, it's not very considerate to spend less than $50 (Rs 3,500) on a gift. If you're a coworker or a distant friend, the minimum wedding gift amount you can get away with is $50 to $75 (between Rs 3,500 - 5,300).

What gift should you give at an Indian wedding? ›

If you've ever been to an Indian wedding you might have been noticed that there was no wedding registry. Instead at Indian weddings guests give money – cash or check inside an ornate envelope.

Which religion is Marwari? ›

'Marwari' is an umbrella term to classify both Hindus and Jains. The Marwaris originate from Eastern Rajasthan and the term was used as an ethnographic classification in the 1901 census.

Does Marwaris marry outside community? ›

Few defy norms, like Rizwanur and Priyanka, and if they do, they pay a price. In the Marwari community, the rules are strict. “There is an unwritten law that the marriage of a Marwari boy or girl outside the community is sacrilege.

What is meant by Marwari? ›

Mar·​wa·​ri. märˈwärē plural -s. : a member of a caste of moneylenders and merchants in India who have become the chief rivals of the Parsis as merchants and industrialists. : the Rajasthani dialect of Marwar.

Which caste does Marwari belong? ›

The Marwaris, though far-flung today across India and the world, trace their roots to the harsh desert region around Marwar, in modern-day Rajasthan in western India. The term Marwaris is in fact not a caste name but an ethnic catchall for various merchant castes from the region.

Why are Marwaris rich? ›

The Marwaris, as is well known, have a unique talent for trading and business, a talent that they have cultivated and put to use assiduously over the centuries. An intangible factor sometimes referred to as baniya buddhi or the 'trader's mindset', has ensured them success wherever they have gone.

What language does Marwari speak? ›

Marwari (मारवाड़ी, IAST: Mārwāṛī; also rendered as Marwadi or Marvadi) is a Rajasthani language spoken in the Indian state of Rajasthan and Cholistan and Sindh regions of Pakistan.

What is the difference between Marwari and marwadi? ›

Marwari and Mewari People

Marwari is a synonymous term for the business community from the Marwar region, anyone belonging to the Marwar region will also be termed as Marwari irrespective of the fact that he belongs to the business community or not similarly person from Mewar is termed as Mewari.

How can I call my Marwari husband? ›

bhartār, bālam, dhaṇī are the top translations of "husband" into Marwari (India).

Do Marwaris eat non veg? ›

The term "marwari" implies that it is intended for Marwari merchants, who are strictly vegetarian and prefer relatively simple (which can be eaten daily) and inexpensive food. They are however popular among all vegetarians. The term "bhojanalaya" practically always implies simple and inexpensive vegetarian cuisine.

How does Marwari make money? ›

Marwari business families operate the majority of the long-standing companies in places like Kolkata and Mumbai. Any time you bring up clothing, jewellery, or furniture especially wholesale you'll find a number of Marwari businessmen and women participating in the market and reaping respectable financial rewards.

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