The Rajput Wedding experience is one of its own kind and that too if it is Royal Rajput Wedding we will take you to the dreamland, in the land of Kings and Queens, Maharajas and Maharani’s with a whole big line of Decorated Animals like elephants, camels, horses, Butlers, Soldiers, Flowers, fireworks and richness and royalty everywhere. You will actually be getting married like a real Maharaja or Maharani as the palace has been a place of real life Royal weddings for more then last 280 years.
In a Rajput Indian wedding, there are various rituals, which are followed before and after the wedding. Below are few functions which need to be organized to conduct any Rajput Wedding in a proper way
» Day 1: Engagement and Tikka Ceremony
Tikka: The engagement or ‘Tikka‘ ceremony takes place in the groom’s house and only the bride’s father, brothers and other close relatives attend this all-male affair. The ceremony is so called because the bride’s brother applies a ‘tilak‘ to the groom’s forehead making the engagement official. There are many gifts given during this function and include a sword, clothes, fruits, and sweets.
Ganapati Sthapana and Griha Shanthi: The second most important ritual prior to the wedding is the ‘Ganapati Sthapana’ and ‘Griha Shanthi’. The ‘Griha Shanthi‘ is where the bride or the groom’s parents perform a ‘havan’ a few days before the wedding to propitiate the gods and involves the installation or ‘Sthapana’ of an idol of Lord Ganesha.
Pithi Dastoor: The next significant ceremony is the ‘Pithi Dastoor’ conducted for the bride and groom in their respective homes and involves the application of turmeric and sandalwood paste and continues till the actual wedding. Once the ‘pithi Dastoor’ starts, the bride and groom are forbidden to leave their individual homes. The ceremony performed for the bride is quite detailed when compared to the groom’s and is an all ladies affair. The bride dresses in an orange ‘poshaak’, a Rajasthani dress, and comes to the ceremony under a silk canopy that is held up by the corners with swords by four ladies who belong to the bride’s clan.
As we all know, music is an integral part of Indian weddings and Rajput weddings are no exception. During the ‘pithi dastoor’, ‘dholans’ or women singers with ‘dholaks’ sing auspicious pre-wedding songs and generally these dholaks are present throughout the wedding celebrations. The dholans sing songs pertinent to each occasion livening up the festivities in the homes of the bride and groom. The ‘shehnai’ and ‘Nagara’ players also are crucial to their weddings but they play in the courtyard or the garden.
» Day 2: Pre Wedding Celebrations
Mehfil at Maharani Bagh of The Raj Palace: Another indispensable part of a Rajasthani wedding is the ‘mehfil’ that is held in the evenings and there are separate mehfil held for men and women. The men’s mehfil has performances by singers. In the ladies mehfil, the women gather in a courtyard or hall and perform a ‘ghoomar’ which is a unique dance performed as a group. The role of the bride is to simply preside over the function and she can join the dancing occasionally though custom demands that she be more of a spectator. The ladies mehfil is an all women affair but an exception is made for the groom if it is held in his house.
Mahira Dastoor: A ceremony common to the families of the bride and groom is the ‘mahira dastoor’ and is performed by the maternal uncle of the bride or groom. The maternal uncle and his family make a grand entrance and are traditionally received by the bride or groom’s mother. He gives gifts such as clothes, jewellery and sweets to the entire family and this is a symbolic function as it seen as a brother’s duty to help his sister in her child’s marriage due to the considerable expenditure that will be incurred.
Janev: We then come to the ‘janev’ ceremony that is important for the groom as he is given the sacred thread on the eve of his becoming a family man. The groom comes dressed in saffron robes like an ascetic and he has to perform a ‘havan’ before he can wear the thread. The wearing of the saffron robes means that the groom is presented with two choices he can either accept the responsibilities of marriage or renounce the world to be an ascetic. Once the havan is over and he wears the thread, he makes a mock attempt to escape the bonds of marriage and the maternal uncle must bring him back and convince him to marry.
Padla Dastoor: The ‘padla Dastoor’ is a custom followed only by the Rajputs that may be performed a day prior to the wedding or on the actual wedding day and involves the bringing of gifts to the bride, like clothes, jewellery and other gifts from the groom, by relatives of the groom. These have to be worn by the bride for the wedding ceremony.
» Day 3 : Wedding Rituals
The Wedding Dress and Jewellery
Poshaak for the Bride: The Rajput bride wears a resplendent traditional Rajasthani ‘poshaak’ for the wedding ceremony that is usually red in colour but you will also find orange, yellow, gold or pink poshaak being worn. There are certain traditional items of jewellery worn by the bride for the occasion that also have their own significance. The ‘rakhri’, a circular piece of adornment worn on the forehead in the parting of the hair signifies that the bride must ‘walk on the straight line’ while the danglers on her ears advise her not to listen to gossip. The ‘timaniyaan’, which is a choker encrusted with uncut diamonds, tells her that she should always bow her head in humility and the ‘chudda’ that is a set of ivory and gold bangles, reminds her to give to charity. She also adorns gold and stone-studded armlets called the ‘bajuband’, gold anklets, gold toe-rings called ‘bichhiya’, and a ‘nath’ or stone-studded nose ring. The anklets tell her to put the ‘right foot forward’ while the nose ring reminds her not to spend more than her husband can afford.
Achkan and Sherwani’s for Groom: The Rajput ‘Baraat‘ is an all male affair and the bridegroom comes attired in a gold ‘Achkan’, an orange turban adorned with a ‘sirpech’, a ‘churidhar’ or jodhpurs along with ‘jootis’ that are complemented with a necklace and a cummerbund. The members of the ‘Baraat‘ also wear Achkan or Sherwani’s with jodhpurs and turbans, and proceed to the bride’s house. Of course, there is no dancing and all members either ride horses or elephants or sport swords. The horse is an important animal for the Rajputs, so the groom must ride the horse at some point in the procession. The male members in the bride’s family receive the baraatis and the groom is escorted to the ladies section where the bride’s mother performs the ‘Aarti’.
Baraat : The wedding party of the bridegroom arrives with stunning tableau of elaborately caparisoned regalia of elephant, Camels, lines of soldiers mounted on horse, a band of musicians, men holding oil torches with an environment of pomp and color. The guests lead to the entrance of the palace in the form of (Baraat) procession where they are received by the waiting Bride’s family amidst flower petals and sprinkling rose water. A traditional welcome of Baraat is held over here. The bridegroom dress in rajasthani wedding attire carrying a sword arrives along with wedding party on elephant; he is accorded a special welcome.
Jaimal/ Varmala: A Royal wedding function can be held at Charbagh lawn in combination to the Diwan-E-Aam where the reception stage can be made. The center Chaupar is covered with flower Rangoli. The Palace back drop is the best memory that can be preserved. The Bride enters from the front stairs of palace and the groom enters from the opposite side they climb the Chaupar decorated with flowers and exchange Varmala with showering fireworks is held
Pheras: The Pheras are performed under a pavilion by the priest.
Reception at The Raj Palace: The Raj Palace has various beautiful locations where we can plan the wedding reception followed by cocktails and Gala Dinner.
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» Day 4: Post Wedding Celebrations
Vidai: This is the last ceremony in Rajput Wedding when the relatives of bride are unhappy and the relatives of groom became happy because they will take the beloved daughter of the girls relatives with them to make her their own daughter. We suggest this Vidai/ Farewell in our special Doli or our Limousine Services by Mercedes S 500 L.
Farewell Brunch: We can plan a very special farewell brunch in one of o9ur courtyards just before vidaai so that people can have a lavish buffet and then they can proceed for their next destinations
For further details please get in touch with our Wedding planners to get more information related to venues, Food and beverage related services, decorations and other details
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