WEdding Ceremony

The Groom is then escorted to the mandap where supplications to God are offered to Lord Ganesh first and afterward a concise function happens to respect the man of the hour and purify the mandap under which the wedding service will occur.
The Bride then makes her fabulous passageway and is escorted to the mandap by her maternal uncles or siblings in a service known as Kanya Agaman. A screen called the Antarpat is kept before the Groom differentiating him from the Bride.

Wedding Priest


(Arrival of the Groom)

The wedding begins as groom's family and friends are welcomed near the entrance. Groom will step on Saput (a clay pot) with his right foot, crushing it to demonstrate that he has the ability, strength determination to overcome all obstacles that the couple may face. Groom will then be accompanied to the mandap.

Ganesh Puja

(Worship of God)

The priest begins with the worshipping of Lord Ganesh, who the priest will invite to join us on this prosperous day. Lord Ganesh dispels darkness removes any obstacles to the ceremony.

Hindu Wedding
Hindu Wedding

Antarpaat & Kanya Aagmana

(Entrusting of the Bride to the Groom)

The Priest gives his consent for the wedding to proceed, by offering Bride's hand in marriage to Groom.

Jai mala

(Garland Ceremony)

The cloth is removed & the couple exchange flower garlands acknowledging their decision to choose each other's as life partners.

Hindu Wedding Priest
Hindu Wedding

Kanya daan

(Entrusting of the bride to the groom)

The Bride's father gives his consent for the wedding to proceed, by offering Bride's hand in marriage to Groom.


(Sacred thread)

The priest bestows a sacred thread made of hand woven cotton around the necks of the couple to symbolize the couple's bond, taking the vow of love, cherish & protect each other throughout their life together.

Hindu Wedding Ceremony
Indian Hindu Wedding

Hasta melap

(Joining of Hands)

Groom & Bride's right hands are joined together to represent a union of souls.

Ganth bandhan

(Tying of the knot)

Groom's uparnu (scarf) is then tied in a knot with Bride's chunari (sari) signifying a permanent union between the couple & the start of their journey as husband and wife.

Hindu Wedding Ceremony
Hindu Wedding

Mangal phera

(Circling of the Sacred Fire)

The priest sets up the Agnikunda (sacred fire) which represents Lord Vishnu, symbolizing the illumination of mind, knowledge and happiness. Offerings are made to the fire whilst some prayers are said. The groom & bride then walk around their sacred fire four time to represent the essential duties in life.


(Seven Marriage Vows/Steps)

Groom & Bride exchange their vows by taking seven steps together to promise:

1. To share their joys and sorrows
2. To nourish each other
3. To obey, respect and value each other as equals
4. To be faithful to one another
5. To be blessed with strong, healthy & happy children
6. To preserve their wealth
7. To be true companions and remain long-life partners

Hindu Wedding
Hindu Wedding

Sindhur and Mangalsutra

(Signifying the Marriage)

At the end of the marriage ceremony, Groom places sindhur (a red powder) along the parting in Bride's hair to wish a long life to her relationship with him, and places the mangalsutra (necklace) around Bride's neck as a sign of their marriage, commitment, love & devotion


(Feeding Each Other)

Groom & Bride feed each other Indian Sweets to signify happiness & harmony and a "sweet" peaceful life together.

Wedding Priest
Hindu Priest



The newly weds are blessed from the priest.


(Farewell to the Bride)

The Bride's family bid farewell to the daughter who has now become a wife. At the end of the ceremony, the bride throws a fist of rice so that the house of her childhood remains prosperous and happy after she has left for her new home. She Leaves with tears of joy and sorrow, but carries the very best wishes of all who witnessed the matrimonial ceremony

Hindu Wedding Priest
Hindu Priest Ketul Joshi

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London, United Kingdom

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Certificate of Appreciation Award

Ketul Joshi Maharaj on 12/03/2014 in presence of James Brokenshire MP (Minister of Immigration) and Bob Blackman MP (Harrow). NCGO,(UK) Mahendra Singh Jadeja in Recognition of your outstanding Contribution to Indian Community in The United Kingdom