|Sindhi Marriage Rituals are somewhat similar to a Hindu wedding, but set on a highly enthusiastic and lavish scale. Amongst the Sindhi community, there are special priests known as Mehraj who specialize in matchmaking and a Guryanni whose main job is to carry horoscopes of eligible boys and girls from house to house.
Sindhis originally hail from the Sapt Sindhu, the area of the Sindhu river. Sindhu is known as Indus river and is in Pakistan now. In the Vedic period, the Sindhis had developed a vast trading network across the area. Trade during the times was mostly by the river route and the Sindhu river was the lifeline of this route. Sindhis still remain a major business community, their skills having developed over generations. In the wake of partition, Sindhi Hindus migrated to independent India. Apart from a small number of landowners, the Sindhi Hindus in pre- partition Sindh belonged, predominantly, to the business and professional classes. Consequently, the Sindhi Hindu population was concentrated in and around metropolitan cities and townships.
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|Janya: “Sacred thread ceremony”
Sacred yellow thread is put on the groom, and the ‘pujari’ or ‘maharaj’ (Brahmin priest) chants the ‘guru mantra’ (the ‘gayatri mantra’) into the groom’s ear. The sacred thread or ‘janayu’ is the symbol of a Hindu male.
Kacchi Misri: “Acceptance of the alliance”
Pucci Misri:”The engagement”
Mehendi: “The henna ceremony”
Navgrahi Puja: “Invoking harmony within the planets”The ‘Navgrahi Puja’ is performed on the morning before the wedding. It is imperative for the bride’s ‘mama’ (maternal uncle), ‘chacha’ (paternal uncle) and brother to be present.
Wedding Sagari Sagari: “The groom’s relatives decorate the bride with floral jewellery”After the ‘Navgrahi Puja’ the ritual of ‘sagari’ follows the same evening. Members from the groom’s family come to the bride’s home or any other chosen venue and decorate her with a floral headdress, floral bracelets, and garlands.
Garhi – Bukhi: A special ‘puja’ for the mothers of the bride and groom
Vanwa: “Oil ceremony”The ‘vanwa’ is held immediately after the ‘garhi-bukhi’ if the wedding ceremony has been fixed for the next day.
Dattar: “The salt ceremony”
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Sindhi Wedding Customs