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Wedding Jain Rituals

Here is provided information on post wedding Jain rituals: Ashirvada Ceremony : In the Ashirvada ceremony, elders come forward and bless the newlyweds for their married life.

Phere & Kanyavaran : In any Indian marriage, phere is considered to be the most important ritual, without which the marriage is incomplete. For the conduct of phere, an auspicious time is selected. The bride and groom are taken to the mandap and seated there. The bride is made to sit on the right side of the bridegroom. After taking the seven vows, the couple changes their position. In the Kanyavaran or kanyapradan ceremony, the bride's parents or the uncle places a one rupee and twenty-five paise and rice on the bride's right hand. Then the bride is handed over to the bridegroom. The bride's father makes a public proclamation in front of the assembled guests. While chanting the mantras, the priest pours water on the hands of the bridegroom and bride thrice. Havan & Granthi Bandhan Havan is held after the completion of pheras. During the performance of havan, a series of mantras are recited like those of the Peethika, Atha Gathu, Atha Nistarak, Atha Surendra, Atha Parmarajadi and Atha Paramesthi. Offerings are also made. In the end, Shanti mantra is chanted nine times. Havan is followed by the Granthi Bandhan ritual, in which a married woman ties the groom's shawl with one end of the bride's sari pallu. It is accompanied by the reciting of mantras. Thereafter, the couple takes four rounds around the sacred fire. The bride leads in the first round. Thereafter, they exchange their positions and take other three rounds around the havankund. The recitation of Mahaveerakshak stoot takes place in the background. Ladies sing Mangal geet and make merriment. After the phera, the couple takes seven vows. After taking the vows, the bride is seated on the left side of bridegroom. The bride is then called vamangi, which symbolizes that she has become the better half of her husband. It is followed by the exchanging of garlands between the bride and groom. The havan is finally completed with the performance of Shantipath and Visarjan.