Marathi wedding is not restricted to a particular day and the celebrations and ceremonies continue post-wedding too. It is not just one day of fun; the couple and their family enjoy and participate in almost a week filled with festivities and ceremonies. Let us have a look at the post wedding rituals that are an integral part of the post wedding ceremonies of a Marathi matrimony.
Laxmi Narayan puja : A newly married couple is said to be a symbol of Laxmi and Narayan; i.e. Lord and Goddess, and hence everyone including the groom’s mother, worships them like we worship our deity and all seek their blessings as they are symbol of love, prosperity and harmony.
Pathavni : This is definitely the most daunting and emotional post-wedding ceremony, i.e. pathavani. Almost like bidding farewell to the bride by her family as she now is a part of a new family. The bride seeks blessings of her elders and parents and wishes her siblings a good life and luck. While the bride is meeting her family members, the groom goes and pick the the idol of Annapoorna deity and keeps it in his pocket. Later this deity is placed in the groom’s house, it represents that there will be no dearth of food and prosperity in his house.
Varat : Amongst the tears of pathavni, the groom and bride sit inside the car and starts the varat. A procession that carries the bride to the groom’s house is varat. It comprises groom’s family, his friends and so forth. Lovely music is played; firecrackers are burst to announce the arrival of a new bride. This joy and celebrations, lightens up the bride’s mood too.
Grihapravesh : Every moment of the new bride’s life is a celebration, as she enters the groom’s house for the first time, there is a grihapravesh ceremony held in her honor. A bowl filled with rice grains is placed at the threshold and the bride kicks it with her right feet. This symbolizes that the new bride rings In prosperity.
Satyanarayan puja: Post wedding, generally the next day or the day after, a puja is held in the honor of the newly married couple. A priest comes and performs it, and the newlyweds perform it as per his instructions. This is the first venture they undertake as a husband and wife; they seek blessings for a prosperous and happy married life. Later, there is a lovely Maharashtrian feast to celebrate the puja.
Kuldevat Puja: Every ritual and ceremony is ticked off the list, however there is still one more to be taken care off. Every family has a deity that has his or her temple in a particular village. After the Satyanarayan puja, the newlyweds go and seek blessings of the groom’s kuldevat (family deity). They either go on alone or the groom’s family accompanies them.
A Marathi wedding is a perfect mix of rituals, traditions and merriment. It respects our traditions as well as ensures that everyone has a good time.
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