How is Kundali Matching crucial for Brahmin Bengali Wedding?

Kundali matching plays an influential role in Bengali Brahmin Matrimonial which is not as simple as it seems to be. Especially, the elders of the family believe in matching gunas in order to find the probable compatibility between the couple. Hindus hold an extreme belief that planets rule our world and things associated with planets govern the individual’s life. Hence, in order to fix the marriage in the best possible manner, matching horoscopes is considered a reliable medium of showing that the prospective bride and groom are suitable for each other. However, with the changing times, kundali matching done by people is only a safety measure. Most young people have understood that matching kundali and gunas can make anyone suspicious and tendentious even before meeting and knowing each other.

The wedding in India is more or less similar in all the religions and regions. Ultimately, the weddings are involved detailed rituals and they do spell for a long time, sometimes, they continue for weeks and beyond. It would be untrue to say that the Brahman version of weddings in the Bengali pleat has a distinct getup or rule. For Bengalis, shaadi is equally a stunning occasion and celebrated like a festival with a lot of joy and happiness. It is indeed a beautiful blend of traditional music, delectable food and a large number of people attending the wedding. The Bengali Brahmin Matrimony must pursue the Hindu scripture and their rituals, although they add a pinch of their own Bengali twist to those rituals. Usually, Bengali brahmin wedding ceremonies begin before one week or even more.

Firstly Brahmin Bhoaj is held with much pomp in the bride’s and groom’s respective families for the blessing of happy married life ahead. Bengalis in Brahmin matrimonial are generally more rigid about tithi or lagan dates in order to lead a blissful wedding.

Sacred and Vedic Rituals of Bengali Brahmin Wedding

Gaye holud and ai buro bhaat: It is the most prevalent and popular pre-wedding ritual. In this ritual, Bengali Brahmins do not indulge the fish in their rituals and are not even used in food. They cook and serve only pure vegetarian food to their guests. Elder members of the family of the bride and groom visit the nearby pond or river and there they take a holy bath. This ceremony is executed rigorously at their timing and one can not break it until the end.

On the wedding day: The bride’s family welcomes the groom and baraat members at the wedding venue and the groom is accompanied to the mandap where the next ceremony is held. Before the beginning of the wedding ceremony, new clothes called Potto Bastra are presented to the groom by the eldest member of the bride’s family. Then, the groom accepts the new clothes to begin the further ceremonies.

Garland exchange ceremony: It is a common ceremony where the bride and groom exchange the garlands with each other. This symbolic ceremony depicts that the bride and groom accept each other and are ready to move together as a couple forever.

Sampradan: This ritual is followed where the bride is officially handed over to the groom for a lifetime by tieing the holy thread while the priest chants mantras.

Yagna and Saat phere: The Bengali bride in a Bengali Brahmin wedding is carried by the family member and the bride is settled on the small stool where the yagna ceremony is taking place. In this special ceremony, the bride and groom take the seven rounds against the holy fire and make specified promises to each other. After completing the saat phere, the bride’s brother places the puffed rice, and flowers in the bridegroom’s hand to pour these into the holy fire for blessings.

Sindoor: This final ceremony is very important in Indian culture where the groom puts the sindoor on the bride’s head and marks it as a completion of all the marriage ceremonies.

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