15 Sep Oriya Weddings – A Peep into the Culture
Weddings in Odisha is a simple affair with no lavishness or grandiosity, while simple and elegant rituals are important aspects we can see in an Orissa wedding. Their wedding ceremonies are performed very much similar to other every Hindu Wedding custom.
Every wedding has three periods of Customs.
1. Pre-wedding Custom
2. Wedding Custom and
3. Post-Wedding Custom
The Oriya Wedding customs start with the “Jayee Anukolo” ceremony.
When the marriage day is suggested by the priest. Bride and Bride Groom’s parents make invitation cards to distribute the auspicious ceremony. The first card is sent to the family deity or Orissa’s sentimental god Puri Jagannadh and the second invitation is given to the bride and bride groom’s maternal uncle. The two invitations are highly respected in both the families. They feel it as a promise to each other.
It is followed by my “Mangan Ceremony”. In this people bless the bride with the turmeric on her body and perform Mangan snan before her beautification for the marriage day.
Later “Diya Mangula puja” is conducted at Devi’s temple. While performing Pooja, the bride’s bangles, toe rings, Sindhoor and Saree are offered to Devi usually by a local barber’s wife or female Barber to bless the marital life to be long and happy.
It is followed by Barajati where the bridegroom along with his marriage procession arrives at the wedding venue with much festivity all over. On the arrival of the baraat which is also called as Melam, the groom is greeted with aarti and tilak, of which rice is an essential constituent. It is known as “Baadua Pani Gadhua custom” where the girl’s side informs the bride that the baraat has come. Later, arrangements are made for her holy bath.
In Oriya Weddings, both bride and bride-groom are taken to Mandap which is decorated with flowers where both sit next to each other. It is the primary ritual at the wedding called “Kanyadhanam” the couple sitting next to the sacred fire and the priest starts reciting Mantras. Later, both the bride and groom walk around the sacred fire seven times holding each other hand. It is called “Saptapadi” The seven sacred vows they are to obey for the fulfillment of marriage life. This means the groom is sacrificed to the bride by her father for life. Then the couple, offer puffed rice to the sacred fire while priest reciting mantras and both sides parents stand around watching the ritual. It is called the “Hathaa Ghanti” custom.
Post Wedding Custom :
This is an important celebration in an Oriya Wedding. As marriage is fulfilled the people start celebrating it like a festival. In these parents play an active role than the couple.
The Bride’s family along with her husband enters into the new home where the Bride groom’s family welcomes the Bride with Harathi at the entrance of the home. This is known as Griha-Pravesh. Brides in Orissa are considered to be a representation of Goddess Lakshmi, who brings wealth and prosperity for the family. On the entrance, a vessel filled with rice is kept. The bride needs to spill the grains on the threshold of her new home with her right foot.
After eight days, the newly married couple visits Bride’s house where both families celebrate with all the dinner and finally two families become one family.