Yes! There's more! The ceremony was about an hour and a half long so of course it needed it's own post. I saved a copy of their program so I would be able to write about what is happening in these photos. It was amazing to have a front row view of all the rituals during the ceremony. As you'll see in these images, there was a lot going on.
Once the welcoming of the groom was finished, Purvi's parents walked with Murali into the mandap.
The ceremony begins with prayers to Lord Ganesh for a happy and successful marriage for the bride and groom.
Preparing for Purvi's entrance. These kids were serious about their role in the ceremony. So cute!
During the bride's entrance to the mandap, a white cloth or antarpaat, is held up in front of the groom's face. Here is an explanation of the antarpaat from the couple's program, "The cloth symbolizes the physical world which separates the bride and groom, and serves as a warning to not let anything separate the couple from this day forward."
Once the white cloth is removed Purvi and Murali exchanged floral garlands to signify their acceptance of each other.
The joining of hands symbolizes Murali's acceptance of his responsibility to love, respect and protect Purvi.
Here Murali is placing a red powder on Purvi's forehead to show that she is now married.
During this part of the ceremony, Lord Agni, the God of Fire is invoked to witness the wedding. The fire symbolizes the illumination of the mind, knowledge and happiness.
Purvi and Murali then join hands and circle the fire four times. Each time around they make offerings representing sacrifices of their material possessions in return of God's blessings. Purvi lead Murali the first three rounds and then Murali led Purvi the last round.
At one point during the rounds Purvi's brother stops them and Murali's father had to negotiate a price to get him to move so they could continue. It was pretty funny.
Here Purvi and Murali are taking seven vows as their feet move along this board. The vows are things like providing for each other, sharing in joys and sorrows, caring for their children, being together forever and remaining lifelong friends. I love the shot of Murali peeking over Purvi's head.
And they are married!
They did a simple exchange of rings.
And then they received blessings from family and friends.
Before they departed from the mandap they greeted and hugged their parents.
Oh and more money had to exchange hands to get Murali's shoes back!
I'll have a final post coming to show off some fun cocktail and reception photos.