|Mandap ceremony holds utmost importance
on the day of the wedding. This is because all the significant rituals
are performed during the mandap ceremony. In India, weddings take
place in accordance with the age old customs and traditions. It is
a very meticulous process and is fulfilled with the feeling that it
is a one time affair. As a result, parents on both the sides do not
leave any stone unturned in organizing a prosperous wedding for their
This attributes to the fact that Indian weddings are around five day
long. There are a number of rituals that take place before, after
and on the wedding day itself. Mandap ceremony is also such ritual.
After the var mala ceremony is over, the couple is blessed by the
elderly people of both the families. This is followed by the mandap
ceremony, which is performed under a canopy supported on four pillars.
This is called Mandap. It is usually made of bamboo and is decorated
with red and silver colors.
The four pillars of the mandap signify the parents on both sides,
which toiled hard to bring their children up. The mandap ceremony
usually takes place at the house of the bride or otherwise it is held
at the wedding venue itself. All the rituals during the mandap ceremony
are performed in front of the sacred fire and hymns recited by the
priest, from Vedas. The main rituals conducted here are Saat Phere,
Kanyadaan, Maang baharai etc.