Checklist for the things required during Hindu wedding Pooja
A wedding ceremony in a Hindu family involves a lot of pooja’s or rituals according to traditional and religious systems in the Hindu religion. Since, the marriage is considered a auspicious moment, not only for the lives of the bride and the groom, but also for the families involved in the ceremony. So, several poojas are done in a Hindu wedding, which needs several pooja materials. These pooja materials are needed in exact conditions marked by the family priest. The Hindu wedding is also termed as Brahma Vivah in Hindu religion. The traditions of both the families involved may differ a little bit, but the overall customs of the wedding pooja are more or less the same. Below is the checklist of all the pooja materials required in a Hindu wedding pooja:
- An idol or photo of Lord Ganesha and Laxmi
A photo or idol of Lord Ganesha is required in every Hindu wedding pooja ceremony. Lord Ganesha brings good blessings to the life of the newly married couple and makes the pooja successful. The Idol must be placed in the room where the wedding will be organized. Goddess Laxmi is the mother of wealth. So her idol / photo is also required for the wedding rituals.
- An experienced priest to perform all the rituals
A Hindu wedding much depends on the poojari / priest who will perform all the poojas and will look after the rituals. Almost all Hindu families have their fixed family priests who regularly perform all the poojas in their family. The wedding ceremony is one of the most important occasions as it is not only the bonding of the bride and groom, but also the two families. So an experienced priest with thorough knowledge of all the customs in wedding must be appointed. You can also follow our page to know more about wedding rituals.
- Items needed in the Haldi ceremony
The Haldi ceremony is a vital ceremony which is performed in all the Hindu weddings. The relatives apply turmeric paste to the skin of the bride as well as the groom. The turmeric paste is termed as Ubtan. Ubtan is a paste which is prepared by 3 table spoon turmeric (paste / powder), 3 table spoon milk, 3 table spoon flour and a little rose water or sandalwood powder for fragrance. The bride might wear sari and the groom might wear dhoti. A small stool is needed for the groom and bride to sit and then Haldi to be applied. Please follow the link to know more about Haldi Ceremony |Significance |Ingredients | Rituals | dresses | songs
- Mehndi and Sangeet ceremony
After the Haldi, the Mehndi ceremony is performed in the girl’s family. Mostly, this ceremony is done in the evening or night. Most of the times, the mehndi is applied by a professional mehndi artist. There are different ways to search for good mehndi artist.The bride dresses well for the Mehndi ceremony and henna / mehndi is applied. The ladies Sangeet ceremony also takes place that night where the family members sings and dances while applying mehndi to the bride. As per the Hindu ritual, the bride should not do any work in the groom’s house before the mehndi fades away. You can also read about How to Prepare Ladies Sangeet Ceremony Anchoring Script
- Seating arrangements for the Hindu wedding pooja
On the auspicious wedding ceremony, the pooja is performed in some strict regulations. The seating arrangement of the priest, the groom and the bride is a very important factor of the wedding pooja. The priest is supposed to sit, facing the north direction. In front of the priest, the havan for the pooja will be placed. The bride and the groom will sit in the western side of the havan.
- Havan requirements
The marriage is performed taking oath to the Agni, the Goddess of Fire as per Hindi religion. A havan is prepared on a metal base or commonly called havan kund, which are easily available in the market. At first, sand is laid on the havan base / kund. Havan samagri is easily available in the shops which stores pooja materials. Small pieces of firewood are required to make the fire. Sandalwood, ghee, sugar, rice, oil and other havan samagris are offered to the fire.
- Rice for the Rajaham
Two plates of rice are required for the Rajaham ceremony. Here the bride’s brother pours rice on the hands of the bride and the groom, which are jointly held, pointing the havan fire. The rice is being offered to the Goddess Agni.
- Fresh leaves and flowers
Mango leaves, Beetle leaves / paan, Durva (a type of grass) etc are some essential leaves required for the wedding pooja. They must be collected in fresh condition. Also flowers are required for the rituals and the havan. The garlands for the Jaimala ceremony must be made of fresh flowers.
- Fruits required for the wedding pooja
Several fruits are required for the pooja in Hindu wedding. Most of them are also used as prasadam i.e. the holy food after the pooja. The fruits which are essential in the Hindu wedding pooja are a dozen of ripe bananas, two coconuts, 2 dry coconuts and five different types of dry fruits (one small bowl each). The banana is also offered in the havan kund.
- Kalash set up
The kalash is a holy container containing the holy water of River Ganges. The kalash is made of copper is easily available in the utensil shops. The kalash half filled with Ganges water is covered by a small coconut on top. A towel is also required to be wrapped around the kalash. The kalsh is placed near the havan kund on a cake of mud.
- Items required in Gathbandhan ceremony
Gathbandhan means tying bondage between the bride and the groom. The tie is done either with the dhoti and the sari of the bride and the groom. Or two scarves are placed on the shoulders of the groom and bride and are tied. The while the gathbandhan is made by the priest, the women of the family blow sankh and shower flowers to the couple. So a sankh is a must for this ceremony and it is required though out other ceremonies in a Hindu wedding.
- Ceremony for blessing by the parents
A rose flower is required for this where the parents dip the rose in holy Ganga water and sprinkle the water over the groom and the bride. Sometimes this ritual is done also with mango leaves.
- Sindoor ceremony requirements
After the seven rounds around the holy fire, the groom applies sindoor on the forehead of the bride. For this a box of sindoor or vermilion is required. This sindoor is the sign of the marriage in Hindu wives. During the Sindoor ceremony also, flowers are required to shower on the couple along with blowing of sankh. The box of sindoor used in wedding is to be used by the bride over the next year.
- The Mangal Sutra ceremony
Mangal Sutra is another symbol of married woman in Hindus. It is a must to wear for the married Hindu women till the last breath of their husband. Mangal Sutra is available in any jewelry shop and come in various price ranges. Flower showering and sankh blowing is done when the groom ties the Mangal Sutra or the goodwill thread around the bride’s neck.
Below is the list of articles needed in a Hindu wedding pooja:
|S. No.||Pooja essentials|
|1||Laxmi and Ganesh idol|
|3||Sweets / peda/ barfi|
|6||Turmeric and Kum Kum|
|7||Betel leaf and nuts|
|8||1 packet Camphor|
|9||Fruits – coconut (2 nos.), banana(1 dozen), dry fruits(5 types)|
|10||One piece new towel, sari, blouse and shawl|
|15||Milk (1/2 gallon)|
|18||Clove powder, cardamom powder, camphor|
|20||Firewood and sandalwood|
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