By Priest Rajendra Khanal
Religious elements or traditions can enrich a wedding ceremony, but determining what to include in the program to reflect your beliefs as a couple can be difficult. We’ve gathered sample programs from several religions to get you started. Use them as a guide and add your own spin to make your big day a truly personal affair. Below is a traditional Hindu wedding program.
The wedding ceremony is a long and elaborate ceremony, with every step rooted in Vedic tradition, signifying various aspects of life that is to follow after the wedding. The mandap-canopy or marriage stage is decorated with flowers and with fire as a witness, the wedding ceremony begins.
Bride’s name weds Groom’s Name
Date June 16, 2019
Kanya Aagman – The Bride’s Arrival
The bride is escorted down the aisle to the Mandap by her maternal uncles. Upon arrival, the bride’s father takes her hand and leads her into the Mandap. The couple is separated by the Antarpat (curtain), which is lowered once the Maharaj (Priest) invokes a prayer for the couple.
Bride Arrive time 9:30 Am
Arrives for the wedding with her family and friends.
Ganesh Pooja – Worshipping Lord Ganesh
The wedding ceremony begins by offering a prayer to Lord Ganesh. Lord Ganesh is worshipped, so he may remove all obstacles and bless the couple.
The priest commences the marriage ceremony under the mandap by invoking God to accept the wedding prayers and to bless the assembly and the couple to be married.
Groom’s Arrival for Swayamver Mala and Ring At 10 AM
Swayamver Dubo Mala (Jayamala)- Exchanging of Garlands (Mala)
At this time, the couple exchange fresh flower garlands, signifying the acceptance of one another and to pledge their respect for one another as partners in life. Jagriti (Bride) greets and acknowledges him as she betrothed in the presence of all assembled by garlanding him.
The Groom’s Arrival with all Friends and Family together at 10:15AM
The groom arrives for the wedding with his family. They are all greeted by the bride’s family. The bride’s Father then performs a welcoming ritual and leads the groom to the Mandap. Family and friends receive them.
Bogdan – Barani and
Bride’s name parents can give some Gift for the groom and do prayer.
Madhuparka and Teeka Blessing ( Charana Sparsha-Goda Dhune) 10:30 AM
Bride’s name parents offer Madhuparka (a mixture of yogurt, Ghee and honey) to the groom who accepts it with a prayer that he may imbibe its purity and sweetness.
The KanyaDaan symbolizes the Bride in the form of Goddess Laxmi and groom as Lord Narayana. Here, the bride’s family displays the act of giving her to the groom and his family.
Granthibandhanam- Lagna Bela Muhurta
The priest ties the knot to bind the Bride’s name and Groom’s Name together for life. The white color of clothes with Janai, Supari, and Money.
Kanya Daan & Hasta Milap (Panigrahan) – Giving Away the Bride 11 AM
In the Hindu religion, the Kanya Daan is considered the most magnificent offering a Bride’s parents make. The priest invokes the memory and the blessings of the respective fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers of the bride and groom for the holy matrimony.
In the Hindu way of life, a married woman is given special status and respect in society. This is a very special moment for the bride, as she accepts her change of status from an unmarried woman to a wife. The father of the bride gives away (“Daan”) his daughter (“Kanya”) to the groom, who affirms his commitment to the marriage.
Break Time No more than 30 Minutes
Starting Pooja 12: 00 PM
Throughout the ceremony, oblations are made to God to invoke His blessings in the form of a “Havan” (ceremonial fire). Samagree (crushed sandalwood, herbs, sugar, and rice), Ghee (clarified butter), Camphor, and Samidha (twigs) are offered into the Agnikunda (fire pit).
Shilarohan and Lajahuti 12:15 PM
Bride’s brother gives her “Laja” (purified rice) and she offers it to God. The brother then assists Bride’s Name to step upon a rock, which symbolizes the strength of purpose and firmness. Groom’s Name asks Jagriti to be firm like a rock, to resist foes and to help thwart undesirable forces. The bride’s brothers are also called in to participate in this ceremony.
Parikrama (Mangalpheras) – Circling of the Holy Fire 12:30 PM
During the Mangalpheras, the couple circles the holy fire four times with their wedding scarves tied together. The four circles symbolize the four basic human goals of Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha.
- Dharma – Religion, and Ethics
- Artha – Wealth and Prosperity
- Karma – Love, Fertility, and Family
- Moksha – Spiritual Liberation and Salvation
Groom’s Name leads Bride’s Name three times around the Agnikunda, offering oblations to God each time. Bride’s Name then leads the Groom’s Name 4th times around the Agnikunda.
Saptapadi – Seven Steps 12:45 PM
The bride and groom take seven steps together representing the vows and promises they are making to each other.
- The first step to provide a nourishing and pure diet for our household and avoid the things which are harmful to our healthy living.
- The second step to develop physical, mental and spiritual powers.
- The third step with the aim of increasing our wealth by righteous means and proper use.
- The fourth step to acquire knowledge, happiness, and harmony by mutual love and trust.
- The fifth step to be blessed with strong and virtuous children.
- The sixth step for accomplishing self-restraint and longevity.
- The seventh step with the vow that we shall always be true to each other, work together for prosperity and happiness and remain lifelong partners.
Groom’s Name stresses to Bride‘s Name the need for harmony and devotion in life, while the couple walks together seven steps, vowing:
With God as our guide let us take:
The first step for prosperity
The second step for strength
The third step for wealth
The fourth step for happiness
The fifth step for progeny
The sixth step for nature’s bounty
The seventh step for companionship
Asta pravat pooja 1 PM
Performing a pooja 8 Himalayas for their strong life together.
Exchange of wedding vows (Vachan)
Mangal Sutra, Sindoor & pote wearing 1: 15 PM
The Mangal Sutra is a sacred necklace made from black beads that the groom ties around the bride’s neck. This symbolizes their marriage. The groom then applies Sindoor in the center parting of the bride’s hair as a promise to fulfill her every wish. Lastly, the couple exchange wedding rings.
Groom’s Name places sindoor (red powder), the traditional mark of a Saubhagyawati Stree (Married Woman) in the parting of Bride‘s Name hair.
Aashirvaadam Blessing and Dhog, Laja, Pasa Etc 1:30 PM
The couple receives the blessing of all assembled and are showered with rice and flowers.
Kansar(Sagoon) Bhakshan – First Meal Together- Madhuparka Bhakshan Together
The bride’s mother brings the couple sweets (Kansar). KansarBhakshan is the couple’s first meal together. The couple offers Kansar to one another to symbolize their union. Kansar is a sweet made from crushed wheat, sugar, and ghee.
Akhand Saubhagyavati – Blessings
Married women from the couple’s family come and bless the bride by whispering “Akhand Saubhagyavati”, in the bride’s ear, which means “Good luck, prosperity, and long, happy life.”
Ashirvaad – First Blessing as Husband and Wife
The Wedding ceremony has now concluded and the Maharaj, along with parents and elders of the couple’s families offer them blessings for a long and happy married life. The couple bends down to touch the feet of the Maharaj and their family elders as a form of worship known in the Hindu ceremony.
Vidai – Farewell to the Bride 2 PM
Vidai is one of the most emotional parts of the ceremony. Now that the couple are married, she bids farewell to her family. She throws a fistful of rice behind her shoulder wishing her childhood home happiness and security. End.
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Shubha Bibaha Sahit (wedding schedule-Agenda) Bibaha Lagna Patrika (Lagan)
Nepali, Indian and American Wedding in the USA.
- Pooja start, Diyo, Kalash, Ganesh Pooja and (Bride side- Dulahi Paksha)
- Janti prasthan aagaman
- Bar Barani (Bagdan)
- Dipa, kalasha, Ganesh pooja
- Kanya dan Bidhi
- Gadan for groom
- Granthibandhan ( Lagangatho )
- Bar badhu pooja
- Kanyadanko Maha sankalpa
- Dan Pratistha (Authi, sikhri or bracelet ) and clothes etc give to the Groom.
- Gadan for groom
- Bhuyashi Dakshina Sankalpa
- Bride’s Shringar ( Nayan Bashra Dharan) give to a bride from Groom side.
17. Pooja start, Nishkramannm, Paresparekshanam
- . Brahaman Baranam
- Hawan start, Aajya Hawan Rhitashadadi Hawan
- Jaya Hawan, Avyatan Hawan, Guptahuti
- Shila Pooja, Parikrama, Laza(Va) Hawan from brother
- PaniGrahanam, GathaGanam etc
- Ashta pravat Pooja
- Saptapadi (saptarShi pooja)
- Stahan parivartanam
- Madhuparka praschanat athadityaduhitadi karyam
- Purnapatradi dan sahit grahatilakadi bisarjanam.
- Ending Ceremony Teeka.
- Chaturthi karma next day or the same day after the wedding finish.
विवाह समय-तालिकाको नमुना (नेपाली भर्सन )
रेखी 9:00 AM
पूजा सुरु 10 AM
स्वयम्बर 11:30 AM
11:45 साईपाटासँग जन्ती प्रस्थान
12 PM वर वरणी
12: 30 pm लगनगाँठो
12:45 pm कन्यादानम् कार्यम् सम्पन्नम्
1:०० pm विश्राम (Lunch open)
1:10 श्रीङ्गारम् (दुलहीले कपड़ा परिबर्तन गर्ने)
1:30 PM विवाह आरम्भ
निश्क्रमणादि परस्परेक्षणादि ब्राहमणवरण कार्यम्
1:45 हवन सन्कल्प, आज्यादि हवनसहित, लाजा हवन, शिला पूजा
2:00 अष्टपर्वत पूजा
2:15 सप्तपदी (सप्तर्षि पूजा )
2:30 सूर्य दर्शन, हृदयालम्बन
2:45 सिन्दुर विधि तथा स्थानान्तरण
3:10 माहुर खाने
3:15 लाबा भुट्ने तथा पासा खेल्ने, मन्त्र पढ्ने, कपडा तान्ने, ग्रहतिलकम्, पूर्णपात्रम् , प्रदक्षिणा
3:30 अभिषेक तथा तिलकपाती
3:30-4 PM विदाबारी टिकाटालो वा सम्धीसम्धिनी भेट आदि । समाप्त
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