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Memorable Experience  of ROYAL MARRIAGES in Rajasthan organized by INDO VACATIONS.

Weddings in Rajasthan are usually traditional elaborate affairs. Royal weddings tend to become grander and even more ostentatious, and then the pre and post wedding functions could well stretch for days on end. However, even a simple wedding in Rajasthan is just as elaborate - as tradition and customs take precedence over everything else.
The wedding process follows age-old custom and we have attempted to explain all the ceremonies. You can follow the links below to check out the same
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Match-Making
Ceremonies
Actual Wedding Ceremony
Post-Wedding Ceremony

1. Match-Making:

3. Pithi Dastoor Ceremony
The pithi dastoor is one of the first important ceremonies, which involves the bride/groom and continues until the day of the wedding. The actual ceremony consists of application of turmeric and sandal wood paste to the bride/ groom who cannot leave the house once the pithi starts. The pithi dastoor at the bride's house is an elaborate affair. The bride dresses in an orange poshak (Rajasthani dress) and is then brought under a silken canopy, which is held with the help of swords at the four corners by four ladies who must belong to the same clan as the bride. 
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2. Ceremonies:

2. Ganapati Sthapna & Griha Shanti Ceremony

However, there is no ring ceremony while Ganapati sthapana & griha shanti is the second most important ceremony performed usually a few days prior to the wedding. A havan is performed by the groom or bride's parents to propitiate the gods and an idol of Lord Ganapati is installed. All ceremonies commence only after the sthapana (installation).

ses, they perform the ghoomar (a special dance done in a group). The bride at the mehfil is given an important position to sit and watch the proceedings. She may join the dancing occasionally, but protocol demands that she should not over indulge in the dancing. If the ladies' mehfil is in progress at the groom's house, then only the groom is privileged to attend the all women affair. Of course, the men have their own mehfil, where singers perform and these are strictly all male parties.

She is brought to the ladies gathering, who then apply the paste to her. A similar ceremony takes place at the groom's as well, although it is not as elaborate. Dholans (women singers with dholak) sing auspicious prewedding songs while the ceremony is in progress. Throughout the wedding celebrations, the dholans are omnipresent, along with the Shehnai and the nagara players, though the latter remain at the courtyard or the garden.

3. Pithi Dastoor Ceremony 

The pithi dastoor is one of the first important ceremonies, which involves the bride/groom and continues until the day of the wedding. The actual ceremony consists of application of turmeric and sandal wood paste to the bride/ groom who cannot leave the house once the pithi starts. The pithi dastoor at the bride's house is an elaborate affair. The bride dresses in an orange poshak (Rajasthani dress) and is then brought under a silken canopy, which is held with the help of swords at the four corners by four ladies who must belong to the same clan as the bride. She is brought to the ladies gathering, who then apply the paste to her. A similar ceremony takes place at the groom's as well, although it is not as elaborate. Dholans (women singers with dholak) sing auspicious prewedding songs while the ceremony is in progress. Throughout the wedding celebrations, the dholans are omnipresent, along with the Shehnai and the nagara players, though the latter remain at the courtyard 

4. Mehfils

Mehfils are in integral part of every Rajasthani wedding. Usually held in the evenings, they are again segregated into the "ladies' mehfil" and the "gents' mehfil". At the ladies' mehfil, all the womenfolk gather at a central place in an enclosed courtyard or hall. Dressed in dazzling dres


Foremost is the part of matchmaking for the marriage alliance. Utmost care is taken in this delicate matter so that the alliance is perfect. First, the status of the families have to be at par, the Rajasthani clan must be taken into consideration since the bride and the groom should hail from separate clans. Then, the horoscopes have to be approved and tallied by the family astrologer. Rajasthanis, as a rule, marry only within the community. However, exceptions are made if royals are involved.

5. Mahira Dastoor

The mahira dastoor is yet another important ceremony, common to both the bride and the groom's families. This ceremony is performed by the maternal uncle of the groom/bride, who, along with his wife and family, arrives with much fanfare, and is received by the bride/groom's mother with the traditional welcome. The uncle then gives clothes, jewellery, sweets etc., to the entire family. The ceremony signifies that since at the time of a wedding there is considerable expenditure, it is the duty of the brother to help his sister at her child's wedding.




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6. Janev Ceremony

The janev ceremony, where the sacred thread is given to the would be groom on the eve of his becoming the house-holder, is interesting. The janev is given only to men. The groom has to be dressed in saffron robes like an ascetic and perform a havan before wearing the thread. The significance of saffron robes is that the groom now has two choices before him; either he renounces the world and becomes an ascetic,  

or he accepts the institution of marriage and its responsibilities.After the havan is completed and the thread given, the groom has to make a mock attempt to run from the chains of marriage while the maternal uncle must catch him and convince his nephew into accepting marriage.

7. Palla Dastoor

On the day of the actual wedding, or maybe a day prior to it, the palla dastoor is brought in by a few of the groom's relatives, accompanied by family retainers, to the bride's house. The palla dastoor consists of clothes, jewellery and gifts from the groom, which the bride has to wear during the wedding ceremony. This particular custom is typical to the Marwaris. The traditional Rajasthani poshak or wedding dress is usually red in colour, but it could also be orange, gold yellow, or pink. In certain Marwari clans, a bright parrot green is also worn. The jewellery consists of the rakhri (a circular piece of jewellery for the forehead), danglers for the ears, the timaniyaan (a choker studded with 

 


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uncut diamonds) the chooda (a set of ivory and gold bangles), the bajuband or gold and stone-studded armlets, gold anklets and the bichhiya or gold toe-rings for the feet, and the nath or the stone-studded nose-ring. The jewellery has its own significance: the rakhri, worn in the parting of the hair, signifies that the bride must "walk on the straight path", earrings remind her that she should not have weak ears and listen to gossip, the necklace so that her head is always bowed down in humility, bangles tell her that her hand must always go forward for giving charity, anklets so that she puts the right foot forward and the nosering, of which it is said that the pearl should not be heavier than the nose, which means you should not spend more than what your husband can afford.

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8. The Marwari Baraat

A Marwari baraat consists entirely of male members. The bridegroom is usually dressed in a gold achkan, with an orange turban and a churidar or jodhpurs with jootis. On the turban he wears a serpech a piece of jewellery specially meant for the urban. Around the neck he wears a necklace and around the waist he ties a cummerband. Of course, variations in styles and colours prevail. The baraat members also must wear achkans or sherwanis with jodhpurs and safas colourful turbans.

 The procession to the bride's house looks rather regal as there is absolutely no dancing on the streets by the baraatis. In fact, all members, including the groom who rides an elephant or a horse, carry swords. The horse is important for the Marwaris so even if he comes on the elephant, at in style by the bride's family again, only by the male members

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3. Actual Wedding Ceremony:

  1. The groom is taken inside to the ladies section where he is received by the bride's mother with the traditional aarti, and then taken to the mandap for the wedding ceremony. The bridegroom is accompanies at this stage by only one married make relative and maybe his younger brother or a younger male cousin.

  2. The wedding ceremony is similar to a Hindu wedding. However, the bride must at all times through the wedding ceremony keep her face covered by a long veil.

  3. While the wedding is in progress, the baraat is entertained outside by the bride's male family members. Therefore, it is mostly the women members of the bride's family who attend the wedding ceremony. 

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Ceremonies and other rituals, including the bidai, are similar to other Hindu marriages. However, of particular interest are certain unique rituals. For example, at the time of the bidai, a coconut is placed under the wheel of the car before the ride lifts her veil for the husband after the wedding is an important ceremony. At this stage, the groom usually gives a piece of Jewellery to his brid

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4. Post Wedding Ceremony:

1. Grihapravesh

Once the baraat returns with the newly weds, the grihapravesh takes place. The bride still wears the veil while the puja and other ceremonies take place. A few games are played between the bride and the groom. They are also common to other Hindu weddings.

2. Pagelagni

The day following the grihapravesh, the pagelagni takes place. This is a ceremony where the bride, still in veil, is formally introduced to all the family members of the groom who bless her and give her gifts. The veil is then finally removed.

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Day01: 

Arrival at the Airport, transfers by Indo Vacations: Guests are received; a grand welcome is accorded at the airport with a band and welcome drinks.
Smooth check in to hotels of all guests; pre-arrival prepration of baggage - tags with room numbers. A welcome drink is served to the guest in the room or reception ares (as per the preference of the organizers).
A royal welcome is organized at the hotels;shehnai players create at royal wedding mood.
Each guest is individually escorted to their well - appointed room.
An activity brochure of the Royal Wedding informs about the details of events.
Lunch for all the guests is organized at the Heritage Hotel Courtyard.
A separate Indo Vacations hospitality desk is set up at the Hotel receptions for the wedding function to assist the guests within the hotel premises and to sight - seeing itinerary and provides transport facilities around the historic city.
As the evening approaches, the guests prepare for the Mehndi (Heena) night and the excitement grows. Rangoli with flowers is done at the entrance of the Zenana Mahal, fairy lights are thrown over shrubs and mashaals are lit up. Artists perform the welcome Rajasthani dance. A well - stocked bar lifts the spirits and snacks are served. As the evening progresses, the tempo of dance and music increases and the guests join in, to enjoy and celebrate.
Dinner is announced at the appointed hour.

Day2: 

After the previous night's excitement, it is another day of leisure and relaxation. Guests can avail all the facilities and also visit the city's famous markets.
Lunch is served at the Durbar hall. This magnificent hall in the past, has hosted many formal durbars, state banquets and royal weddings.
with ring ceremony taking place after which a Durbar evening will be held which shall give the change for the two families to get familiar.
You can plan ceremonies as per your religions as we have many wedding where both bride and groom are of different religions and hence they prefer ceremonies as per both religions e.g. they would get married in church in morning and remarry in evening as per Hindu rituals all we can do is make the event perfect suiting your requirements.

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List of Hindus rituals in wedding:

CHAKBHAT

DRESS SELECTION

PITIKA DASTUR

HERBAL BALMS

HOLY PUJAN

HENNA SESSION: Bride and others

DRESSING UP

DRESS GROOM: Serwani, turban Sirpech ,turra, kalagi, sword, etc
BRIDE: traditional dress
BARATI: traditional dress .

WEDDING PROCESSION /
BARAT

PROCESSION
ELEPHANT WITHOUT/CART
FIRE WORKS AND BAND & BARATI
HORSES WITH SADDLE & JEWELLERY
HORSE CARRIAGE/CAMEL CARTS
MEN HOLDING LAMPS FOR LIGHTING
DANCE PARTY

ENTRY AT BRIDES HOME

SHEHNAI & NAGARA
DHOLS, RANGOLI, MEN WITH BHALA, LIGHTING OF PALACE, FLOWER DECORATION
MILAN KA DASTUR

TORAN KA DASTUR

Ladies singing traditional songs
ZHILMIL, AARTI, SHOWERING PETALS & ROSE WATER

ENTERY INSIDE BRIDES HOME

TRADITIONAL MANWAR KA DASTUR AND VAR MALA
BREAK FOR DINNER & DRINKS

PHERAS

MANDAP, PRIEST, VEDI, SAMAGRI ETC.

AASIRWAD SAMORAH

EXCHANGE OF GIFTS AND FIRE WORKS

DOLI & BIDAAI KA DASTUR

ROYAL SEE OFF WITH LADIES SINGING SONGS
DOLI WITH FLOWERS CARRIED
BY FOUR MEN WITH GAURDS
PROCEED TO HONEY MOON SUITE

We can also try to arrange any other programme as per culture and customs with advance notice.

Day 03 : 

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The Day is at leisure. Lunch is organized either at The Any 5*Hotel //Heritage Hotel // Deluxe Hotel. (As per the preference of the organize.
The Night of the Wedding:

The Morning before the momentous evening is filled with preparations for the Royal Wedding. In the early evening, the gentlemen gather in the Durbar hall for tying Safas(traditional Indian headgear of long tie-and-dye scarves). The ladies get all the help from our ladies staff with their attire and designer- wear. All the guests dressed up in formal attire assemble at the Hotel, where a welcome drink is served.A royal procession begins to from and the excitement grows. 

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The procession comprises of girls dressed in Rajasthani attire sprinkling rose petals and attar (rose water) in the front, followed by Dhol / Nagada (traditional drums used for all the auspicious occasions).The guests follow a magnificently decorated horse bearing the bridegroom,while liveried men with lances line up the entire langth of the procession route with mashaals in their hands.

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A traditional welcome is organised with a shower of rose buds and flowers. A welcome drink is served. The palace is gloriously decorated; lit by lanterns, mashaals and fairy lights adding a bewitching aura of festivity. The 'Darikhana', a colonnaded pavilion, is flower-decked for the wedding ritual with traditional floor seating. WMe the priests conduct the wedding rituals, the guests can begin celebrating with champagne toasts. 

The wedding cake is cut and the dancing begins, amidst ovation from all present. The couple can take to the floor for the first dance, joined by the guests and relatives thereafter. A spectacular fireworks
display from Hotel side begins.. .and the buffet is laid out for the auspicious evening. The festivities go on till late in the night.

The guests rooms are laid in romantic setting for our guests .And the honeymoon suit shall be specially decorated for the weds.

Day 04:

The guests prepare to leave with fond memories of the Royal Wedding in Rajasthan and Indo Vacations hospitality. Staff ensures that the Coaches / cars are ready to transfer them to the airport and railway station.

All ticketing and logistics are handled by Indo Vacations.
The guests can use the day for shopping and sight seeing etc. The Bride and Groom can play traditional games also.

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