In India, rice grains are considered a symbol of prosperity, sustenance and abundance. The bride knocks over a pot of rice with her foot as she enters her new home, representing the prosperity she will bring to the house. #indian #wedding #tradition #ritual

Note the Henna work [mehndi] on the feet and hands of the indian bride. She is entering her new house for the first time after the wedding. and has to topple the rice at the entrance before she goes in.

In India, rice grains are considered a symbol of prosperity, sustenance and abundance. The bride knocks over a pot of rice with her foot as she enters her new home, representing the prosperity she will bring to the house. #indian #wedding #tradition #ritual

Note the Henna work [mehndi] on the feet and hands of the indian bride. She is entering her new house for the first time after the wedding. and has to topple the rice at the entrance before she goes in.

According to the Hindu tradition, as the bride steps out of the house, she throws back handfuls of rice over her head. This signifies that the bride is paying back or returning whatever her parents gave her in all the years she stayed with them; and wishes for prosperity to always flourish in the house she is leaving behind. #bride #indianbride #weddingtradition #tradition

According to the Hindu tradition, as the bride steps out of the house, she throws back handfuls of rice over her head. This signifies that the bride is paying back or returning whatever her parents gave her in all the years she stayed with them; and wishes for prosperity to always flourish in the house she is leaving behind. #bride #indianbride #weddingtradition #tradition

Mangtikka is an accessory worn on the central parting of the hair, all the way up to the forehead. The centre  of the forehead is believed to house the ajnachakra, and stands for preservation. This adornment symbolizes the status of women as the preservators of the order of human race. #indian #wedding #ritual #tradition #solah #shringar

This woman is wearing the most common form of Maang Tikka.This style is mostly worn in North India. Ladies wear this kundan Maang Tikka on the festival of Karwa Chauth.

Sindoor or Vermillion is is put for the first time by the groom during the wedding. It indicates that a woman is married. The powder is red in color which symbolizes fertility and regenerative power of women. ---- #indian #wedding #tradition #ritual #blackbook

Sindoor or Vermillion is is put for the first time by the groom during the wedding. It indicates that a woman is married. The powder is red in color which symbolizes fertility and regenerative power of women

Significance of the exchanging of garlands: Wearing a garland worn by someone else is usually forbidden. But in a wedding, the man and wife exchange garlands, symbolizing that they are two bodies united as one from that moment on. #indian #tradition #ritual

Significance of the exchanging of garlands: Wearing a garland worn by someone else is usually forbidden. But in a wedding, the man and wife exchange garlands, symbolizing that they are two bodies united as one from that moment on.

The Maangalyam: It is tied around the bride's neck in three knots - symbolizing marriage of the mind, spirit and body. The groom recites this verse thrice: "Maangalya thanthunaanena mama jeevana hethunaa; Kante: badhnaami subhage tvam jeeva saradhah satham".  Meaning: "This is a sacred thread. It is essential for my long life. I tie this around your neck, O Maiden with many auspicious attributes! May you live happily for a hundred years with me!"

The Maangalyam: It is tied around the bride's neck in three knots - symbolizing marriage of the mind, spirit and body.


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