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An Account Of A Typical Oriya Wedding

Posted last August 8, 2016, 8:23 am in People report article

Known for their non-extravagant, yet elegant style of living, the people Orissa boast the simplicity of their culture in everything they do. The same reflects in their marriage rituals, but that’s not all that sums up the essence of an Oriya wedding. Though the marriage ceremonies appear quite inspired from a typical Hindu style marriage, but one can clearly observe few differences in the Oriya matrimony due to the prevailing regional differences. To bring you closer to the rich culture of Orissa, we bring to you some of the exciting facts that no one tells you about the Oriya wedding.

Here, have a look! 



The initiation of the ceremonies takes place with ‘Nirbandh’ that marks the engagement of the couple. After Nirbandh, the invitation cards are printed and sent to the respective relatives, also known as the Jayee Anukolo ceremony. Once the engagement is done and invitation cards are distributed, several other ceremonies like Mangan, Jairagodo Anukolo take place that involve applying turmeric paste on the skin of the bride and a ceremonial bath after that. 


Marriage Timings

The wedding style and the wedding timing of Oriya weddings depend majorly on the cast that the families belong to. While the Brahmin Oriyas carry out the wedding ceremonies during the day, the non-Brahmins usually perform the wedding ceremonies in the later day or during the night time.


What Makes Oriya Wedding Different?

Apart from the authentic Oriya rituals, one thing that makes the wedding totally different is that the mother of the groom doesn’t attend her son’s wedding. Yes, you heard that right! The same custom applies to the other elder women of the family too. The mother stays at home and waits for the bride to arrive with the other family members.  


Wedding Rituals

The wedding rituals begin with barajatri when the groom arrives at the wedding venue. The groom is welcomed warmly with arti and tilak by the bride’s mother. After that, Baadu pani gaadhua ceremony takes place, in which the bride is taken out for her ceremonial bath before the actual wedding ritual. The Baadu pani gaadhua ceremony is followed by kanyadan and saptapadi. The wedding ritual comes to an end with the Hatha Ghanta ceremony and Sala bidha. 


Post Wedding

Once the newlywed reach home after completing all the ceremonies, they are greeted warmly by the members of the family. The ceremony of Grihapravesh takes place when the bride enters the home. After Grihapravesh, the ceremony of Astha Mangala takes place, in which the bride and groom visit Bride’s home after 8 days of the marriage where they both are greeted with sincere wishes and lots of sumptuous food. 


All these little details make the Oriya marriages special in their own way. Be it the simplicity that reflects in the ceremonies or the strange rituals that  aren’t seen in any other kind of marriage. Hope the article helped you to know a bit more about this beautiful wedding ritual. Thanks for the read! Good luck.