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Jain wedding rituals

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These rituals are extremely ethnic and represent the traditional essence of India. The marriage is considered to be a public declaration after which the Jain people are expected to take on the responsibilities of a married life. The Jain wedding rituals are performed exclusively by Jain Pundits. Jain wedding rituals are carried out with a lot of pomp and fervor and they are colorful too.

Rituals and Customs
These are divided into pre-marriage, marriage rituals and post marriage rituals. Pre-marriage rituals are laghana lekhen, lagna patrika vachan, sagai, mada-mandap, barat and aarti. While phere, kanyavaran, havan and granthi bandhan are the marriage rituals. There are also some post-marriage rituals like celebrations; enjoying music, dance and traditional cuisine.

There are customs that should be followed for the traditional attires too. Brides are strictly recommended to wear sarees, ‘lehanga’ and traditional jewelry and the Groom is to wear traditional kurta pyajama or dhoti kurta during the Jain wedding ritual.

Special Features
Some of the customs are unique. In the ‘ghudchadi’ ritual, groom is given his headgear and his mother and all relatives apply tika on his forehead. After this, the groom goes to temple riding a horse while other relatives follow him. It is not just the bride and groom that have to perform these rites, but also the families from both sides as well as guests. Jain Wedding rituals bring in a sense of unity to both families and also help to break the ice between the groom and bride.

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