December 21, 2010

Wedlock: A typical Indian wedding Pics


These pics were clicked during my sister's marriage!!
    ~*The Holy Lamp*~


~*The Bride*~

~*Kanyadaan*~

       ~*The Bride*~


Indian wedding or Shaadi is known for its glitz and glamour. It symbolizes tradition, celebration and togetherness. Traditionally, Indian wedding extends to be a week long affair and speaks of the tradition, culture and heritage of the country. In Indian wedding, there is an event for almost everything. Generally, the wedding is divided into three parts - pre wedding, wedding and post wedding. Rituals like 'Haldi', 'Mehandi' 'Sangeet' and 'Tilak' are pre wedding rituals. Before the wedding, the to-be bride and the groom's families visit each other and exchange costly gifts to each other along with sweets, fruits and dry fruits.

The parents of the bride and the groom exchange gift in the form of dress for the bride or the bridegroom and display them to the other family, as a part of their love and honor. The pre-wedding ceremonies are followed by the main day wedding ceremony, when the nuptial knots of the bride and the bridegroom are tied. There is an elaborate wedding feast for all the family and friends that are invited. The wedding itself is a long, stretched out process, when all the Hindu deities are called upon and asked to bless the new couple. The bride and the bridegroom take seven steps around the fire, vowing devotion and love to each other and agreeing to take care of each other in all circumstances.


Amidst such rituals and customs, there are various events that bring about a chuckle and laughter in the wedding ceremony. One such instance is when the younger sister of the bride tries to steal the shoe of her new brother-in-law and asks money as ransom. After the wedding ceremony, there are the post wedding functions alike 'Vidaai' or 'Doli', when the bride leaves for her new home. This is the most emotional moment of any Indian wedding, when the bride take leave of all her family members to start a new life in her husband's home. However, remember India is a diverse land and the rituals practiced would vary from region to region.

 This post is linked to  ABC Wednesday, show your world Tuesday, and Macro Monday.

23 comments:

  1. That is just stunning. She is beautiful

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  2. Gorgeous captures, fascinating information and a your sister is an exquisite bride! Such a wonderful, beautiful post, Bhupesh! Thank you for sharing! Enjoy your week!

    Sylvia

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  3. Fantastic and exotic photos. The third one is breathtaking!!
    Thanks for sharing and cheers!

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  4. It's so very colorful too. What great shots.

    Have a terrific WW. :)

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  5. The bride is encased in splendor almost like a gift in glitzy wrapping paper. Happy WW

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  6. I'm so frustrated. I went to a Pakistani wedding, but failed to capture the pre-wedding event with my camera, the part with the henna, etc. I DID show some pictures this week of the actual wedding, but it is more Western garb.
    You have lovely pictures.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  7. Beautiful and the bride in all her finery and glory!! Nice post for "W"

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  8. Absolutely stunning bride and I enjoyed reading about the culture around the wedding ceremony.

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  9. Congratulations to your sister - she is so beautiful! I absolutely love the last photo.

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  10. Fascinating and so exotic. Would poor families engage in the same rituals?

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  11. Wow...wedding , all those colour and glizz !!Your pics are stunning. My pick is the close up shot of bride, the last one .

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  13. Very nice capture of the most colorful event of our life.... liked the post very much :)

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  14. lovely pictures and beautiful bride!!

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  15. Exquisite pictures! And an engaging and informative commentary! Excellent W-post!
    Purrs,
    Sara Cat
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  17. Your sister looks beautiful. And, you have described the occasion beautifully. The yellow sari is called pachia, right? Among Kayasths, we have a similar tradition, though my husband is a Punjabi Rajput, and we had pheras in my maroon lehnga.

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