The Mandap at an Indian wedding is traditionally the ceremonial structure or canopy where the wedding rituals take place. This structure represents the home of the bride. The people who sit under the Mandap can vary depending on the specific wedding customs and traditions. Here are the typical individuals who sit under the Mandap:
Bride and Groom: The central figures of the wedding ceremony are the bride and groom. They sit together under the Mandap as the focal point of the rituals and exchange of vows. Be sure to grab a seat near the center aisle to witness all the rituals.
Pandit or Officiant: A Hindu priest or pandit conducts the wedding ceremony and performs the rituals. The pandit often sits under the Mandap to guide and officiate the proceedings. But, he or she will be guiding the families through each ritual.
Parents and Close Family Members: The parents of the bride and groom, along with other close family members, may also be seated under the Mandap. They hold significant roles in the wedding and participate in various rituals, blessings, and ceremonies. In the event of parent not being able to attend or has passed on, a respected family member will be seated and uphold the duties of the family.
Witnesses: Two witnesses, often close friends or family members, may also be present under the Mandap. They are responsible for signing the marriage documents as legal witnesses. During some of the rituals, you will see aunties, uncles and cousins partake in the ceremony.
The specific seating arrangements and individuals under the Mandap can vary based on regional customs, cultural practices, and personal preferences of the families involved. So, don’t be shy and arrive early to the ceremony, grab a seat near the center aisle to witness all these beautiful rituals taking place.
Braja and Kishore will be floating in and out of the space to photograph some of the most important moments.