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Rituals that make Oriya weddings special

Winter in Orissa is famous for its special occasion that is weddings. Odisha is a
state of great biodiversity and their simplicity is reflected in their wedding
customs. The Hindu wedding rituals are modified with the modernization and
according to region. Here are some Wedding rituals which explain the simplicity
of Oriya Wedding. These rituals are:

Nirbandh: Most of the Oriya Matrimony is arranged and matches are found only
traditional matchmaking in their community. Inter caste marriages are not
allowed in this community. Once a suitable match is found, the horoscope is
matched off the bride and groom. Once the horoscope is matched, then both
families meet for the further process. If they that all is okay, they set a date of
nirbandh. It is a formal engagement. In this engagement ceremony, the bride and
groom are not presented, only the bride and groom’s family members are
available to exchange the greetings and words regarding marriage. After the
exchange of the words, they offer gifts.
Jayee Anukolo: It is the mark of the beginning of the wedding and their
ceremonies. First, the wedding invitation is distributed; it is the announcement of
the wedding day. First, the card is presented to God. Like this, they invited God to
bless the bride and groom for a happy married life. This ritual is known as Deva
Nimantrana.

The second invitation card is sent to the maternal uncle’s bride and groom and
they personally visit the house with the betel nuts and leaf’s. This is Moula
Nimantrana.

The Third invitation sent to the Groom’s family by the Bride’s family. The Bride’s
father visits the groom’s house with the invitation and personally invites the
Groom. This ritual is called Jwain Nimantrana.

After that, the families are free to send the invitation to relatives and friends.

Mangan: It is like a Haldi ceremony. Turmeric paste is prepared and applied to the
bride and groom prospectively in the evening before a wedding and paste are
applied by the seven married women. One of them must be sister in law. Then the
bride and groom take a holy bath. Turmeric paste works as a cleanser.

Jairagodo Anukolo: In this ceremony, a holy flame is lighted up. It is assumed to


be auspicious for the upcoming wedding.

Diya Mangula Puja: In this ritual, a small prayer is conducted at the local temple.
Bride and grooms dresses, jewelry and wedding garlands are offered to God for
the blessing of a happy matrimony.

Nandimukha: In this ritual, the bride’s and groom’s father pray their ancestor for
the shower of blessing.

Barjaatri: The Groom and family members accompanied and set off the wedding
venue. Generally, Brides’ family sent convince with the family male member to
receive the bride. When both family members reach the wedding venue gate, a
small arati is performed in the form of welcome to the groom and other
members.
Baadua Pani Gadhua: When the groom enters the wedding venue, the bride’s
friends take the bride for the further ceremony.

Kanyadaan: It is the foremost ritual of a wedding. When the bride & groom reach
the wedding venue, the bride’s father hand over the bride’s handover to the
groom. The bride’s father requests the Groom to take the daughter for long life.

Hatha Granthi Fita: The bride’s father places her hand on that of the groom.
Then the mango leave garland is tie-up. Like this, the bride’s role is converted into
wife and daughter in law.

Saptapadi: seven small hills are then placed on the ground. These seven mounds
represent the seven phases of life. Onwards, the bride and groom perform seven
rounds and before starting each round, each small hill is crushed.

Lajahoma : The bride’s brother put the puffed rice into bride and groom's hands
and togetherly they pour the puffed rice into the holy fire. After that, the groom
put the sindoor into the bride’s forehead into the portion of the hair.

Guest is feed with the lavish food and after that, the bride finally says goodbye to
her parents and ready to start a new life with her husband.