There are different kinds of Indian wedding rituals and customs owing to the existence of great cultural diversity in India. The Rajasthani wedding is just one amongst these. The Rajasthani wedding happens to be the most lavish wedding in India. The Rajasthani marriage is celebrated in a royal style and the rich weddings here will surely remind one of the majestic Rajput marriages of Rajasthan. There are a number of Rajasthani wedding rituals and customs and the most auspicious time for a Rajasthani wedding is from May-July or November-February.
The pre wedding ceremony of Rajasthan is followed by many rituals. The Pithi Dastoor ceremony is when turmeric and sandal wood paste is applied to the bride and the groom at their respective houses. Then there is the Mehfils for the men and women separately and ghoomar dance is performed. In Janev ceremony a sacred thread is gifted to the groom who has to dress in saffron like an ascetic and perform a havan. Then there is the Palla Dastoor clothes, jewelry and gifts which are send by the grooms family for dressing the bride on the wedding day. On Baraat which comprises of male members go to the brides house with the groom riding an elephant or a horse and carrying a sword.
On the Rajasthani wedding day, Aarti is performed when the brides mother welcomes the groom with a traditional aarti and is taken to the mandapam by a male family member. Then the marriage is performed. Post wedding, is followed by Bidai where a coconut is kept below the cars wheel and the bride lifts her veil and the groom gifts a piece of jewelry to the bride. Next is Grihapravesh when the couple reaches the grooms house. The Rajasthani wedding ceremony comes to an end with the Pagelagni when the bride has a formal introduction with the family members and gifts are offered to her.