There are an approx of 1001 wedding rituals that are the part of the typical Bengali Matrimony. They are categorized as pre-wedding, wedding and post wedding rituals
Pre-wedding rituals and customs in Bengali Matrimony for Manglik of Non Manglik
In Hinduism wedding is not allowed between the persons who are belonging to the different Gotras. A Prohit (priest) is consulted and he would be performing some significant rituals with lord Narayan’s ideol. It is performed the same way whether for Manglik or Non Manglik brides of grooms.
This is the significant wedding ceremony where the couple whether being Manglik or Non Manglik is blessed by elders from both the bride’s and groom’s family with trefoil and husked rice. The families from both the sides exchange gifts.
This precious ceremony is done at the houses of both the bride and grooms one or two day before the auspicious wedding. Here the groom’s family excluding the groom visits the bride’s house with jewelry, other gift items, turmeric paste, Henna (Gae Halud Tattva). The henna (Mehndi) is applied to the bride’s hand and the turmeric paste is applied to the bride’s body. The similar Bengali ritual is performed at the groom’s house where the bride’s family visit’s the groom’s house with interesting gifts which are called as Adhibas Tattva.
This pooja is performed one day before the wedding occasion where the ancestors are remembered whether being for Manglik or Non Manglik Matrimony.
On the wedding day, traditional red and white bangles are put on the hands of the bride by the seven of married women known as Shakha and Paula and she is fed with curd and rice. To have a long and happy married life, the bride and groom perform bathing in the water provided by the married women.
Bengali Wedding Day Customs and Rituals
Sacred Bath (Snan):
Here both the bride and the groom take the bath once more before putting the wedding clothes.
Here the groom with his family members, relatives, neighbors and known ones moves on to for the bride’s house for the auspicious wedding.
Bor Boron, Baran Dala:
The groom with his important members (Bor Jatri) is given warm welcome by the mother of bride with trefoil, traditional earthen pot and the husked rice. The groom’s forehead is touched with the Baran Dala. The Baran Dala is then touched to the ground and once again to his forehead. Then the groom being Manglik or Non Manglik is taken to the Mandap which is decorated well having two banana trees that are symbolism of prosperity and fertility.
Here the groom who is being seated in the Mandap at the Chadnatolla is given the new clothes.
Shubho Drishti and Saat Paak:
In this ceremony of Bengali Matrimony, the bride’s is supposed to not see her groom and her eyes are covered with betel leaves. The bride’s brother takes her and the bride circles seven times around the groom carried by the brother. After that the bride is allowed to see the groom.
Mala Badal Ceremony:
Here the manglik or non manglik bride and the groom which are being seated exchange garland for three times.
Here both the bride and the groom gaze into each other’s eyes with love after exchanging the garlands.
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In this ceremony of Bengali matrimony, the bride being takes her place at Chadnatolla and her father gives her hand in the groom’s hand. The priest is chanting Mantras accompanied by the tying of the sacred thread around the bride’s and groom’s hand. Their hands are kept on the brass glass, covered with a coconut and mango leaves.
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Here the priest is chanting Mantras in front of the holy fire with bride and the groom sitting in front of it.
In this ceremony of the Bengali matrimony, both the bride and the groom take seven circles around the sacred fire and taking the oaths for being in the sacred marriage relation for the seven generation.
Here the puffed rice are provided to the sacred fire by both the bride and the groom.
In this ceremony of Bengali matrimony the groom being manglik or non manglik puts the sindoor in the middle part of the hairs. After that the bride covers his hairs with her red saree.
Bengali Post-Wedding Customs and Rituals
Here the bride is given farewell from her house and goes on for the groom’s house.
In this ceremony of Bengali Matrimony, the bride dips her feet in the mixture having red dye and milk leaving marks on the floor of house on entering the groom’s house.
In this ceremony of Bengali Matrimony, the manglik or non manglik bride and groom lives separately for the first day after the wedding so that they get relax and refreshment for the ceremonies on the next day.
In this Bengali matrimony ritual, the bride prepares the food for her groom’s new family and this is her first meal in her mother in law’s house.
In this ceremony of Bengali Matrimony, the married couple visits their wedding venue next day after the wedding and prays to the Sun god and seeks the blessings.
Here the wedding bed is decorated well with flowers and the couple can live the happy married life as the husband and wife.
In this ceremony of Manglik Matrimony, the bride’s house is visited for the first time by the manglik or non manglik bride and groom