We are aware of the Hindu caste system and we also know that Kshatriyas are the second in line after the Brahmins. During any Hindu marriage, be it arranged or love this is one of the biggest points that is considered before they say, ‘I do’. But these days, matrimonial sites have gained a lot of popularity because of its availability but even then, people want caste and religion to be the deciding ground thus the matrimonial companies have come up with community-specific sites like Kshatriya matrimonial sites.
But who are Kshatriyas? We are so busy to find matches as per our cast that we forget to look into our history and know where to have this particular cast come from. Well, let me tell you that first before I move forward. The Kshatriyas are a group of Hindus who are mainly located in the northern part of India. The Sanskrit term Kshatriya actually means “warrior or ruler”. Kshatriya has customarily been expected to be the caretaker of law and order as well as protect the land from attackers of the other countries. Although Kshatriyas are supposed to be the descendants of warriors who served rulers or were a part of the royal families themselves, these days very few have anything to with soldiering or royal families anymore.
But these days, there is no legal royalty present in India and the Kshatriyas have taken up the daily jobs like any normal person but when it comes to marriage this caste system becomes the base of the decision. Here are some of the most elegant Kshatriya wedding rituals that you would certainly enjoy while attending their wedding:
Kshatriya Wedding Rituals
You might have heard various other casts having this ritual, well Tilak is the most common ritual among the various casts of the Northern part of India. Any wedding in India starts with the acceptance of the bride and the groom. In this very ritual, the male members of the bride’s family visit the groom’s house as the ceremony takes place in the groom’s place. The bride’s brother applies tilak on the forehead of the groom as a symbol of acceptance into the family. The groom is then bestowed with gifts like garment, sweets, and sword. The sword is something that he carries during the wedding as a symbol of strength.
Griha Shanti And Ganpati Sthapana:
Every auspicious work in India starts with the blessings of the lord as it is very important for us to seek their blessing so that the task can move forward smoothly. Similarly, before the wedding, the Families of the bride and groom performs many yagyas and pujas to please the all mighty and seek their blessings for the new couple. On this day the auspicious idol of Ganesha is established as it is believed that he is the lord of good luck.
This is another name of the commonly known Haldi ceremony. Usually, the only haldi is applied on the bride and the groom but in this particular ceremony, a paste of haldi and sandalwood is applied to the bride and the groom. This ceremony is celebrated by both the parties at their respective homes, but I have noticed that usually, it is the bride’s family that celebrates this ceremony with more oomph. It is also said that the bride and the groom cannot leave the house after this ritual as it is considered to be a bad omen.
Sacred Thread Ceremony:
This particular ceremony is very significant in every Hindu wedding, which also includes Kshatriya weddings. The groom is dressed in an orange outfit which is worn by the saints, and then he wears the sacred thread while taking part in a yagna along with the priest. In this ceremony, he is offered two choices, either to renounce or to accept his household duties. At the end of this ritual, the groom pretends to escape from his household duties, and that is when his maternal uncle convinces him of the benefits of getting married.
The Kshatriya baraat is an all men’s affair as it consists of the men from the groom’s family. The groom is dressed in gold achkan and an orange turban on his wedding day and rides on a horse while carrying a sword as the symbol of strength. The groom is then escorted where the ladies of the bride’s family are, thereafter the bride’s mother performs does his aarti and welcomes him to the wedding mandap. He is usually accompanied by a male relative or his brother. The wedding starts with the lighting of the yagna fire and with the chanting of the Vedic mantras. The wedding then proceeds towards the kanyadaan and the holy pheras marking the end of the ceremony.
The only difference in a Kshatriya wedding is that the bride must keep her face covered with a long veil throughout the ceremony that is on her wedding day. Another very notable difference in the wedding is that the wedding is only attended by the women of the house as the men of the house are usually busy tending to the baraat and the other guests. These rituals may sound however similar are very different because of the way it is performed and well, I think this is the true beauty of the rituals.