Royal Wedding : A Picture Tale From Bagore Ki Haveli
By Preeti Panwar Solanki
Rajasthani RoyalWedding is celebrated with gaiety. It is an elaborate affair and extends over a period of days. Royal wedding strictly adhere to the ancient customs and traditions. There are a number of pre wedding, wedding and post wedding rituals, which are observed.
The regal and glorious ceremony of wedding is depicted in many scripture, sculptures and paintings in India, Bagore ki Haveli in Udaipur is one of the places where tale of Royal wedding is beautifully presented through paintings.
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Bagore Ki Haveli
Bagore-ki-Haveli is a haveli in Udaipur in Rajasthan state in India. It is right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar, built it in the eighteenth century.
The palace has over a hundred rooms, with displays of costumes and modern art. The glass and mirror in the interiors are Haveli work. It also preserves an example of Mewar painting on the walls of the Queen’s Chamber. Below depiction of wedding is taken from those paintings on the walls of chamber.
A Picture Tale of Royal wedding
in Paintings of Bagore ki Haveli
Marriage is a ‘Union of Two Individuals and two families’. Royal wedding is an occasion where regal relatives and friends of bride and groom are gracefully dressed and bejeweled. There abode/house/palace/fort is ornately painted and murals of wedding scenes, horses,elephants etc. are made. Dwellings are brightly illuminated. Dances are performed by friends and family on joyous notes of musicians. This is an exhibitions of traditions and rituals at a royal wedding in a symbolic way.
To solemnize a marriage, the Hindus consult the astrologers(Pandit) who tally the positions of the Stars of the marrying couple and decides upon date and time of tying the nuptial knot. Here the Maharaja is consulting the Pandit to decide the date and time of wedding.
A few days before the wedding, the relatives and friends start arriving to participate in ceremonies of marriage. With the presence of the musicians, music for rituals begins. The bride’s beautification and ski care is done with application of paste of turmeric,creme and grand-flour. This rituals is done by close relatives. Mehandi is applied on bride’s hands and legs to adorn her.
Barat aur Toran
The male guests at the groom’s house forming a party (barat) for royalwedding come to the house of the bride. On the eve of wedding , the bridegroom bejewelled and dressed in best fineries,turbans,sword,daggers,cross belt etc. is seated on the elephant/horse back. The dressed barat party comes to bride’s house where a toran (a wooden symbol) hang at the entrance is struck with the sword by the groom. The guests now enters the bride’s house to solemnize marriage.
After the rituals of Toran, the Groom at royalwedding is received by the bride’s mother (Saasu). She performs aarti at entrance of the house symbolizing groom’s welcome. This is done by lit lamps. Mother is accompanied by lady friends and relatives of bride.
In presence of mother and father of the bride, the wedding couple takes seven rounds of the fire to enter into a nuptial relationship. No the bride is a member of groom’s family. Bride’s parents handover their girl-child to the groom. The wedding is then accomplished.
Shahnai at Phere
On the next morning of wedding, the groom with his younger brother is invited for breakfast at bride’s house. The family members and relatives of bride offer sweets to the groom one by one. Simultaneously they are introduced to the groom. This is ceremony for introduction and acceptance of new found relationship.
After the completion of all these rituals only, the marriage is deemed complete. In fact, Rajasthani Royal weddings are very traditional and rather regal in look and appeal.The essence of royalty with traditions, culture, rituals and hospitality offered in Rajasthan is incomparable with any other destination around the globe.
A few more glimpses from Bagore Ki Haveli, Udaipur