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Sonu’s Marriage – The Ceremony 3

The marriage ceremony includes many rituals. The marriage proper ends with the Hatha Ganti or tying of hands. The right hand of the bride and groom are tied together with ropes of grass over a coconut placed above an earthen pot of blessed water. The bride’s sister unties the bond after appropriate payment, of course.… Read More »

Sonu’s Marriage – The Ceremony 2

The Anya Sthana ceremony culiminates in four Brahmins standing around the groom and winding a long thread into a thin rope a couple of feet long. This is then used to create a bracelet of leafs and grass. Each node is named for a couple from Indian mythology like Ram – Sita, Ravana – Mandodari… Read More »

Sonu’s Marriage – The Ceremony 1

The marriage ceremony started with the Bride’s father welcoming the Groom, washing his feet and leading him by the thumb to the Bedi (marriage platform). After the initiation ceremony the groom was lead away to the Anya Sthana ceremony and the bride replaced him on the bedi for the first bedi karma. The old priest… Read More »

Sonu’s Marriage – Barat 2

More Barat pictures. Everybody danced, young and old, including yours truely. Mamli looked lovely in her new dress and danced a lot with Goodly, Sonu’s younger sister, Kunmun, Sandip, Saran and my mamu’s. Time: 10:45 a.m. Date: 8th, May, 2008 Place: Mayfair Lagoon, Bhubaneswar.