The Vishwakarma marriage follows the pattern of typical Hindu marriages but
also has a few unique customs. It’s a happy occasion that not only brings
together the bride and groom but also family and friends.
On the day of the wedding, the groom seeks the blessings of Lord Ganesha
through an elaborate Puja. This is believed to remove all obstacles.
This is performed at the house of the bride on the day of the wedding. She
invokes the blessings of Goddess Durga through a puja.
The Muhurtham refers to the auspicious timing of the actual wedding ceremony
itself. This is based on astrology. Usually, the auspicious time is set early
in the morning (5 am till around 7-8 am).
The bride is brought to the wedding mandap in a basket. During the marriage
ceremony the couple must not see each other. This ceremony is the giving away
of the bride to the groom by the bride’s father. The groom is invited to accept
the bride as After the marriage ceremony is over, the parents of the bride wash
the groom's feet.
Tying of the Mangalsutra
The groom ties the mangalsutra around the bride’s neck. This is the highlight
of the wedding.
Once the mangalsutra is tied, the couple exchanges garlands. The guests and
family shower flower petals and rice on the couple.
The bride and the bride groom circle the fire seven times during this ceremony.
The groom walks with the bride to the right side of the sacred fire while
holding his wife's right hand. He stops, bends down and holds the right toe of
his wife with his right hand and helps her take seven steps around the fire.