Gowda Wedding Rituals: Embracing the essence of traditions

Hridaya and Bharath marriage, a Gowda wedding to remember

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Hridaya and Bharath, our lovely couple, were married in accordance with Gowda wedding rituals, and we, at One Horizon Productions, got the amazing opportunity to capture their precious moments. Their wedding was spread across two days comprising of pre-wedding, wedding, and post-wedding rituals.


On the night previous to the Haldi and Mehendi rituals, Chapra pooja was performed.

What is Chapra pooja?

Chapra pooja is a Gowda pre-wedding ritual. Chapra, a make-shift roof, was created from coconut and banana leaves. To-be groom, Bharath, offered prayers to God and performed the pooja to welcome auspicious things at the wedding.


Meanwhile, our bride, Hridaya, worshipped the family deity at her place. She sought blessings to make the marriage successful

Chapra Pooja Photos

Haldi and Mehendi: Pre-wedding rituals

During the Haldi and Mehendi rituals, we witnessed the fun and excitement of cousins and friends. The rituals were held a day before the wedding. The bride’s and groom’s Haldi and Mehendi were done in their respective homes. All elderly married women applied Haldi and blessed the lovely bride and groom for a happy marriage.


We captured the humorous moments of the bride being showered by Haldi water by her friends and cousins. 


Haldi was followed by Mehendi. Both of the bride’s hands were carved with bridal Mehendi. Again, how could any marriage ritual end without a dance? While the bride had to remain seated for her Mehendi, her friends and cousins danced to add happy and crazy vibes. Unable to resist, our bride danced her heart out the moment her Mehendi was done.


On the same night, the Haldi ritual was held at the groom’s place. The highlights of the event were the groom’s cousins and friends who rubbed Haldi all over the groom’s body to make him outshine the bride’s beauty. Capturing those lovely moments was such fun. 

Hridaya and Bharath’s Haldi and Mehendi

Vokkaliga Gowda wedding rituals

The next morning, the day of marriage finally arrived, where we could witness a love story meet its destiny. Hridaya and Bharath were introduced by a mutual friend and facebook became their communication tool. It was Hridaya’s birthday when, to her surprise, Bharath proposed to her for marriage. The rest is a tale to remember.


Hridaya and Bharath married as per Gowda’s wedding rituals. They are simple and elegant rituals holding significant symbolic meaning. If you are wondering what are Gowda wedding rituals, read ahead.

Gange Pooja and Kankana Dharane

The wedding rituals begin with Gange pooja by the bride. The bride worships the deity at the neighborhood temple seeking blessings for marriage and married life. After the pooja, a sanctified thread is tied around the wrists of the bride and bridegroom. This ritual is known as Kankana Dharane.

Kashi Yatra and Vara Pooja

Kannada Gowda wedding rituals comprise a fun-filled ritual, where the groom pretends to renounce worldly life and go on pilgrimage to Kashi. Groom’s maternal uncle stops him and convinces him to marry. Then, the groom seeks blessing from God and sets forth with his party to the marriage venue.


The bride’s father welcomes the groom and performs vara pooja. He washes the groom’s feet and presents him with his wedding attire.

Kanyadana or Dhare Herdu

Dhare Herdu is a ritual similar to Kanyadaan performed in North-Indian Weddings. It is one of the most important rituals of Gowda weddings as it highlights the bond between the girl and her parents. The ritual symbolizes the father’s emotions as he hands his daughter’s responsibility to the groom. 


The right hand of the bride and groom is placed over each other. Then, a coconut is placed over their palms. The bride’s parents shower milk over the couple’s joined hands as a symbol of acceptance of their union.

Mangalsutra and Saptapadi

Mangalsutra is a thread dipped in turmeric that the groom ties around the bride’s neck. It symbolizes the auspiciousness of their eternal relationship. Five married women help the groom in tying the mangalsutra.


After tying the mangalsutra, the bride and groom take seven steps around the holy fire called saptapadi. Each step symbolizes a vow. Saptapadi concludes the wedding, and the couple is officially considered as husband and wife.


Newlyweds then observe the sky to view Arundhathi nakshatra. Arundhathi is a twin star that symbolizes the role of a husband and wife for a happy and prosperous life.


The One Horizon Productions team witnessed a lovely wedding and captured all their rituals for the couple to savor forever.


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