Some many fun-filled pre-wedding ceremonies and rituals happen on Gujarati wedding day. It is finally time for a little bit of sorrow and many more celebrations. As much fun the wedding was, post-wedding rituals also match its fun. Gujarati weddings come with a lot of rituals and traditions to follow. But they are fun and entertaining. Therefore, here are some post-wedding rituals of a Gujarati wedding:

Kansar

Traditionally, Kansar was made with rice flour, ghee, and sugar. But nowadays, people prefer using any sweet like ‘peda’ or ‘barfi’. The ritual of Kansar is feeding each other with sweets. This is to mark the sweet start of their new journey which is going to commence.

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Ashirwad

The newly wedded husband and wife bow before the almighty to avail blessings. They also touch the feet of elders from both sides in respect of the members. The elders of the house give the new couple blessings. This ritual is called the Ashirwad ceremony.

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Akhand Saubhagyawati Bhava

This is one of the rituals which is only for the bride. A total of seven ladies from both sides have to perform the ritual. The ladies take moong beans in their hands and whisper ‘Akhand Saubhagyawati Bhava’ in the ear of the bride. And slowly drop the beans in the lap of the bride. The meaning of Akhand Saubhagyawati Bhava is, may your fortune shine like a star. And may the almighty shower the blessings of the new couple.

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Vidaai

This is one of the hardest parts of the bride’s family. The girl who has grown up in their parent’s house now has to go to someone else’s house. The bride throws puffed rice in the air and the mother catches it in her lap. Then the bride dips her palm into turmeric and sandalwood water and places her hands on the door of her house. This is the mark that it will always remain the bride’s house. Vidaai is the ritual that symbolizes joy as well as sorrow. 

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Nav Joda Swagat

After the Vidaay when the bride and groom come to the groom’s house. The mother in law of the bride welcomes the new couple. She takes the Aarti ki Thali and does the Aarti. This is to protect the new couple from all the problems of life. The sisters of the groom ask the groom for money if they want to enter the house.

 

Gruh Laxmi Pujan

The new bride is called the avatar of Goddess Laxmi. Therefore, the mother in law applies tikka to the new bride and does the puja. The bride and the mother in law pray to God and express their heartfelt gratitude. 

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Kanku Pagla

As the new bride is considered the avatar of Goddess Laxmi, the new family takes her feet imprints. The bride dips her feet in vermilion water and walks on the white cloth. This is considered one of the most important rituals.

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Aeki Beki

This ritual is one of the most fun traditions in a Gujarati wedding. Aeki Beki is also called Koda Kodi in many other parts of Gujarat. In a vessel container milk and vermilion powder are mixed along with some shells. A ring is put in the vessel and the person who finds the ring 2 times out 3 is the winner.

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Reception

And the final ceremony is reception. It is for a treat for those people who took out time to bless the bride and the groom. The people come to congratulate the new couple. This ceremony is not a compulsion. But most of the couples do host a reception for their loved ones.

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