In the Jain community, marriage is an event of two people and two families. It is the parent’s responsibility to introduce their children to a potential spouse. It can’t be regarded as an arranged marriage because the couple is provided a long period to understand each other and take marriage decisions. When the couple is agreed, an engagement is organized. In this ceremony, symbolic gifts and items are exchanged between both families. It generally takes place in the community hall or the groom’s residence.
The marriage date is discussed in the engagement ceremony. Invitations are sent out to require people. The wedding ceremonies start in the bride and groom’s home about 7-10 days before the wedding day.
The best thing about Jain marriage is that there is no dowry system. Society suggests gifts from the bride’s family to the groom’s family unless they are a token gesture.
Footwear is not allowed at the wedding place in the Jain community. Also, food is prohibited throughout the process to keep the sanctity of the rituals. All the offerings are made to Devi-Devtas and Tirthankara’s according to Jain cosmology.
Pre-wedding, Wedding, and Post-Wedding Rituals
Jain wedding rituals are numerous. But, all the traditions are characterized by purity and simplicity. Lagana lekhan/Lagana patrika vachan, sagai or engagement, haldi, mehendi, Baraat and aarti, mangal pheras, granthi bandhan, ashirvada, jina grahe dhan arpana, and sva raha aagamana are some ceremonies that take place throughout the wedding and after the wedding day.
Just like all other communities, the reception party is also hosted in the Jain tradition by the groom’s family. Relatives, family members, and friends are invited to bless the newlywed couple.
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