Rituals planned for 28th May
Muhurtha - the WEDDING Muhurtha refers to the actual wedding ceremony itself. It typically occurs on the second day of a wedding ceremony.The muhurtham includes the “Kashiyaatra” , “mangalya dharane” and sapthapadi.
Kashiyaatra refers to an age-old Brahmin ritual where the groom “decides” to take up ’sanyasa’ (i.e. asceticism/monkhood) for spiritual pursuit. He would ultimately be ‘convinced’ by the bride’s father to return and take up “grahastham” or family life and that the bride will assist in his subsequent spiritual pursuit. For the Kashi Yaathra, the bride’s father would have to buy(as in general practice) an Umbrella, Hand fan, Bhagwad Gita book, Sandals. The groom will then agree and garlands will be exchanged by the bride and groom.
During the muhurtham,the bride is made to sit on her dad’s lap as her dad does (kanyadana) and offers his daughter to be taken care of by the groom. As the priest then chants mantras, the groom ties a “thaali” or “mangalsutra” as a necklace around the bride’s neck as all the guests shower their blessings (symbolized by rice grains that are distribued to all guests to shower onto the bride and groom). This symbolizes the actual wedding and the newly-weds take their marriage vows in 7 steps (sapthapathi) as they walk 3 rounds hand-in-hand around the holy fire (agni).