Marwari Pre Wedding Customs

Marwari Pre Wedding Customs

Luxury adornment, traditional rituals and mouth-watering are some of the features of Marwari wedding. Once be a part of such wedding, no one can forget this lifetime experience. The Marwari rituals and traditions for the wedding event are special and unique from other Indian weddings. Not just the wedding day rituals, the Marwari wedding also stretches towards pre-wedding and post-wedding customs which are as crucial as the wedding day rituals. This article will focus on the Marwari pre-wedding day customs.

Engagement Ceremony

In the Marwari tradition, the engagement ceremony is generally conducted in the groom's home. During the event, the parents and brother along with other family members are presented and no lady member attends the engagement ceremony. In this custom, the bride's father applies tilak on the forehead of groom and presents sweets, fruits, clothes, sword to him.

Ganapati Sthapna & Griha Shanti Ceremony

Ganapati sthapana & griha shanti ritual is conducted two days prior to the wedding. During the ceremony, a 'yagya' is held by both the families of the bride and the groom to worship the idol of Lord Ganesha.

Pithi Dastoor

During the Pithi Dastoor ceremony, the paste of turmeric and sandalwood is applied on the bride and groom in their own home. Thereafter, they are restricted to leave home. It is the common assumption that the turmeric powder and sandalwood will enhance the beauty of the couple.


After the Pithi Dastoor ceremony, the couple along with their families sits for mehfil ceremony. However, the gents and ladies arrange separated mehfils but they celebrate together. Female members, in particular, wear traditional dresses and enjoy special folk dance such as ghoomar. Apart from that, the relatives also beat dholak and sing cultural wedding songs.

Mahira Dastoor Custom

The custom of Mahira Dastoor is celebrated by both the families in which maternal uncles of the groom and the bride presents attractive presents and cash to the relatives of the home.

Janev Ceremony

To celebrate the event of Janev, the groom has to dress up in the saffron wears and sits in the havan. After performing prayer at the havan, he is asked to choose anyone of two options either remain an ascetic or take the responsibility of becoming a householder. In the end of Janev ceremony, the bridegroom tries to escape from being married and then the maternal uncle of the bride persuade him to take the responsibility of wedding life.


The family of the bride tag toran at the entrance of the wedding venue. When the groom arrives at the entrance of bride's home, he has to hit the toran with a stick of neem which indicates protecting the well-being of the home from evil activities.


After the groom along with the procession arrives at the bride's home, the couple exchange garlands to each other. During the ceremony, the relatives chant and enjoy the situation. Thereafter, the bride's maternal uncle holds the bride in his arms and takes the first three rounds or pheras of the groom.

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