Even a simple wedding in Rajasthan is just as elaborate as any big affair. Traditions and customs form an important part of all Marwari weddings.

Marwari clan has to be taken into consideration before any match is fixed and marriages take place only within the community as a rule (except for some).

The engagement ceremony or the Sagaai takes place at the house of the groom. This is strictly an all-male affair. On this day, the bride’s brother puts tilak on the groom’s forehead. A sword, clothes, sweets etc. are given to the groom.

Ganapati Sthapna
and Grih Shanti is the second-most important ceremony performed a few days prior to the wedding. An idol of Lord Ganapati is installed and a havan is performed. This sthapana (installation) is important as all ceremonies commence only after this.


A few days prior to the wedding the Pithi dastoor ceremony starts. It consists of the application of turmeric and sandalwood paste to the bride and the groom who cannot leave the house once the pithi starts. This ceremony continues until the day of the wedding.

Mehfils are an integral part of every Rajasthani wedding. ‘Ladies’ mehfils as well as ‘gents’ mehfils are organised. The traditional dance-‘ghoomar’ is performed in the ladies mehfil, while men have their own parties.

The Janeu (sacred thread ceremony) is performed a day before the wedding. On this day the groom has to be dressed in saffron robes and perform a hawan before wearing the thread. This has significance because the groom has two choices of either becoming an ascetic or accepting the institution of marriage. After wearing the thread (i.e. acceptance to marriage) the groom makes a mock attempt to run from the chain of marriage while his maternal uncle catches him and convinces him into accepting the marriage.


The custom of Palla Dastoor is typical to the Marwaris. On the day of the wedding or a day prior to it, the Palla Dastoor is brought to the bride’s house by the groom’s family. It consists of clothes, jewellery and gifts from the groom, which the bride has to wear during the wedding ceremony.

On the morning of the day of the wedding, Baan Chadana is performed at the bride’s and the groom’s house to ensure prosperity.

A Marwari barat, consisting entirely of male members, then proceeds to the wedding grounds. There the groom is taken to the ladies section where the bride’s mother receives the groom with the traditional aarti and then taken to the mandap. The wedding comprises of the saat pheras and kanyadan like all Hindu weddings.

After this, the Barat returns with the newly weds, the girl is bid farewell by her family and is accepted into her new family. When the bride enters her new home a small ceremony called Grihapravesh takes place. Puja and other ceremonies also take place on this day.

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