Hindu Sainth wedding ceremony, traditional Hindu religious ritual performed by priest.

Vishal’s Hindu wedding comprises of several individual ceremonies. After the Mayan (Miyaan) comes the Sangeet – bit of fun for all the wedding guests – then the  Sainth, a religious ceremony with oils,  natural plants and seeds. The priest conducts the ceremony – which could be on the floor of the temple, or as here in the family home.  The key family members sits round in a circle in front of the priest, and participate throughout.

yellow sari with mehndi at Hindu wedding Sainth prayer ceremony

What a beautiful buttercup yellow sari with mehndi - so just couldn't resist starting with this glorious splash of colour!

Hindu wedding Sainth prayer ceremony

natural green leafy plants during the Sainth ceremony

Hindu wedding Sainth prayer ceremony with the coconut

The coconut always appears at Hindu weddings, and has many different levels of significance

The coconut is passed to one of the family by the Hindu priest.

The marks on the coconut maybe perceived as representing the three-eyed Lord Shiva so it brings good luck.  Sometimes it is smashed to reveal its soft white centre, representing the human brain, as it looks a bit like a human head, thus the ego is squashed and presented to the Lord.

Hindu wedding Sainth prayer ceremony

flower petals in a dish - all part of life...

Here is more of the evening’s story in pictures…..

Hindu Sainth prayer ceremony

Hindu priest with the Groom's Father

Hindu Sainth prayer ceremony offerings

Colourful offerings

Hindu Sainth wedding prayer ceremony

Oh such happiness!

Hindu wedding Sainth prayer ceremony

Oh little baby...!

Hindu wedding Sainth prayer ceremony

Prayers

Hindu wedding Sainth prayer ceremony hands

Hands...

Hindu wedding Sainth prayer ceremony

Young and old sit down on the floor together.

Hindu wedding Sainth prayer ceremony

The headdress that the groom will wear the next day at his Sehra Bandi and Baraat

Hindu wedding Sainth prayer ceremony with candles

Candles are lit...

Hindu wedding Sainth prayer ceremony with candle offerings

Hands held out above the burning candles...

 Money is given here too.

Hindu wedding Sainth prayer ceremony

Just a moment in time, as the candles are passed round and hands add money to the tray.

Hindu wedding Sainth prayer ceremony little details

Petals garnish the offerings, like so many strands of hundreds and thousands on fairy cakes

Hindu wedding Sainth prayer ceremony blessing for a child

Blessing from the priest for the little boy

Milk always appears somehwere in Hindu and Muslim Asian wedding ceremonies.

Glasses of milk brought in by the Groom's mother

Hindu wedding Sainth prayer ceremony and milk

Happy smiles again as the milk arrives.

Hindu wedding Sainth prayer ceremony - gifts

Time for gifts...

Hindu wedding Sainth prayer ceremony presents

Presents.

Hindu wedding Sainth prayer ceremony presents

So much happening!

Hindu wedding Sainth prayer ceremony with all the family

Everyone - nearly...

End of Hindu wedding Sainth prayer ceremony

Groom Vishal and his brother Dinesh causing a stir!

Outside the groom's house, all lit up at night after his Hindu Sainth ceremony

Night!

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