Exploring the Rajasthani wedding culture
Every country has that one place that is the destination of dream weddings, and as for India, Rajasthan is the most preferred place for weddings. The state proudly flaunts its royal architecture, a knack for colors and vibrancy and a fine taste for lavishness and opulence. Like every other culture and state, Rajasthan also has a unique set of rituals and beliefs they follow.
Scroll down to go on a tour of how the Rajasthanis go about with their weddings!
Rajasthani celebrations begin with engagement in the presence of all family members wherein the bride and groom to-be make it official by exchanging rings and presents.
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Post the engagement ceremony, the bride and the groom along with their family members go to seek blessings from the Almighty Lord Ganesha for a happy married life. Called the Ganpati Sthapana, it is a very important and an auspicious ceremony in the entire wedding process.
After seeking blessings, the bride and the groom’s families host the Pithi Dastoor ceremony, which is known as the Haldi ceremony in other states.
Mahi Dastoor is another such ritual where the uncles of the couple-to-be give the family members gifts and presents with silver and gold jewelry, clothes, dry fruits and sweets.
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Amidst all the rituals, the people of Rajasthan cannot keep away from fun and drama, which is why one day before the wedding day, the families indulge in dance and drama called Mehfil.
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On the day of the wedding, the groom performs a Hawan ceremony where he renounces from the worldly affairs, and steps into his married life that involves wearing a sacred thread around the body known as Jenav.
The groom along with his family then get ready for the Baarat. The groom ties a sehra to his forehead which is a small curtain of beads hanging on his face. With dance and music, the groom arrives at the wedding venue wherein further rituals are performed.
Talking about wedding rituals, the wedding attires hold an equally important place. The brides wear stunning lehenga cholis in bright colors that are heavily embroidered and embellished and manage to look like the royal beauties that we think of. The exquisite Kundan and Jadau ornaments steal hearts!
Outfit by Anita Dongre
The Rajasthani groom on the other hand wears a rich Jodhpuri Sherwani with detailed textures or embroidery with a Safa which is the most important part of the groom’s attire. Along with a safa, he wears a Kanthimala which is a long beaded Pearl necklace.
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Nothing comes close when we talk about the Rajasthani jewelry. With a variety of techniques, Rajasthan is particularly famous for Jadau, Kundan and Meenakari jewelry. Uncut diamonds, 24 karat gold, and colorful metals are some of the specialties of the various jewelry types.
While Rajasthan is famous for its rich heritage, it is also very popular for its scrumptious cuisine and delicacy. The people indulge in some mouth-watering spices. Dal Bhaati Churma is amongst the most preferred dishes followed by Lal Maas, Mawa Kachori, Rajasthani Kadi and so on.
Rajasthani cuisine is a full vegetarian cuisine and promises to satisfy all your taste buds!
So, if you’re planning a wedding in Rajasthan, here’s a list of all the best wedding friendly hotels that are sure to leave you impressed.
The Leela Palace, Udaipur
Hari Mahal Palace
Hilton Hotel, Jaipur
So, this is all you need to know about the beautiful Rajasthan! Drop in comments and suggestions if any!