HALAD CHADHAVANE :

A day prior to the wedding day, the haldi powder pounded earlier on the muhurt day is made into a paste. The bride / groom is made to sit on a pat (wooden board) and arti (औक्षण) is done first. Then a Suhasini takes one mango leave in each hand, dips the leaves in haldi paste and applies it to the groom / bride’s body – starting from the feet, then on knees, shoulders and forehead. Five Suhasinis repeat the act. Often Ushti Halad (left over haldi paste after applying to the groom) is taken to the bride’s side and applied to the bride. The bride / groom are given a nice massage of haldi paste. The aspiring couple is not supposed to move out of home after this.

After the bath, the Maternal Aunt (Maami) of the bride puts on Green Bangles (हिरवा चुडा) to the bride’s hands. Usually, nine bangles are worn on right hand and seven on the left. Oti Bharane of the Maami is done by the bride’s mother.

 

 

GADAGNER / KELWAN :

Two days prior to the wedding days “Gharachaa Gadagner” is arranged for which close relatives are invited for meal at the bride or groom’s place. Here “Gharacha Aher” is done i.e. close relatives give wedding gifts to the bride or groom respectively.

 

 

SHOPPING FOR WEDDING :

Before going on a shopping spree, the elders from the family go to the Ganapati temple. They keep betel leaf, coconut and pedhe in front of the Ganapati and pray that the wedding takes place without any hinderance (Nirvighna) . The first purchase is done of “Haldi & Kumkum”.

 

The bride’s side prepares for “Rukhawat” (an exhibition of gift articles, decorative pieces, handicrafts, eatables such as five types of dry fruits, laddoos, Kanoles, Morambas, other sweets etc. Actually, this is to convey the bride’s various skills though it goes without saying that anyone can contribute to this.

 

 


 

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Shopping done by bride’s side :

 

1. For Bride (as agreed by both sides) : Jewellery, Sarees including yellow saree and one to be worn during Varat and dresses are purchased.

2. For Groom : Shirt, Suit, Shoes, Cosmetics Pack, Pearl Strings (मुंडावळ्या) & Cap (टोपी).

3. For Groom’s mother, often called “तोंड धुणे व विहिणीचा मान.- Saree and Saubhagya Alankar.

4. For Groom’s Father : व्याही भेट : Usually, a Silver Glass.

5. For Groom’s Sister : Saree or Dress.

 

Shopping done by Groom’s Side :

 

1. For Bride : Sarees and Dresses (5 in number including one green Saree and one Reception Saree), Jewllery as agreed by both sides, Cosmetics Pack, Sandals, Mangalsutra, Muhurt Mani, Pearl Mangalsutra, Saubhagyalankar.

2. For Karavali : Saree or Dress.

3. For Bride’s Mother : Saree.

4. For Bride’s father : Silver Glass or Shirt, Trouser Cloth.

5. For Bride’s Brother : Shirt, Trouser Cloth, Cash for Ear-twisting.

 

Return Gifts to be given to other close relatives : As agreed or as desired.

 

 

WEDDING INVITATIONS :

On an auspicious day, the first invitation is given to the Kuladaivat which is usually done at native place, if possible. Thereafter, invitations are handed personally to close relatives and by post / courier to others.

 

MUHURT KARANE :

 

Before starting wedding preparations this Muhurt is done on an auspicious day. Here, at least five “Suvasini” (married women) are invited. With iron pestle tied with mango leaves the Suvasinis, one by one, pound halkund (dried haldi) in iron mortar into fine haldi powder, which is used later during halad chadhavane. Thereafter, they roll out papads and make “Sandage” (soaked dals ground with spices made into tiny balls and dried in Sun) and “Botavi” (used later for Kheer).

 

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