Actual Wedding Ceremony
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.
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
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
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.
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
| 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.
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
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.
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
3. Actual Wedding Ceremony:
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.
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.
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.
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
Post Wedding Ceremony:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
of Hindus rituals in wedding:
SESSION: Bride and others
GROOM: Serwani, turban Sirpech ,turra, kalagi, sword, etc
BRIDE: traditional dress
BARATI: traditional dress .
FIRE WORKS AND BAND &
HORSES WITH SADDLE & JEWELLERY
HORSE CARRIAGE/CAMEL CARTS
MEN HOLDING LAMPS FOR LIGHTING
AT BRIDES HOME
DHOLS, RANGOLI, MEN WITH BHALA, LIGHTING OF PALACE, FLOWER DECORATION
MILAN KA DASTUR
singing traditional songs
ZHILMIL, AARTI, SHOWERING PETALS & ROSE WATER
INSIDE BRIDES HOME
MANWAR KA DASTUR AND VAR MALA
BREAK FOR DINNER & DRINKS
PRIEST, VEDI, SAMAGRI ETC.
OF GIFTS AND FIRE WORKS
& BIDAAI KA DASTUR
SEE OFF WITH LADIES SINGING SONGS
DOLI WITH FLOWERS CARRIED
BY FOUR MEN WITH GAURDS
PROCEED TO HONEY MOON SUITE
can also try to arrange any other programme as per culture and customs
with advance notice.
The Day is at leisure. Lunch is organized either at The Any 5*Hotel
//Heritage Hotel // Deluxe Hotel. (As per the preference of the
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.
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.
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.
guests rooms are laid in romantic setting for our guests .And the
honeymoon suit shall be specially decorated for the weds.
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
The guests can use the day for shopping and sight seeing etc. The Bride
and Groom can play traditional games also.