Re­liv­ing beau­ti­ful mem­o­ries

Marwar - - Cover Story -

Pr­erna Nig­otiya and Pulkit Jain tied the knot on Novem­ber 23, 2017. Rem­i­nisc­ing about the fairy-tale af­fair, Pr­erna Nig­otiya says:

“Hav­ing a per­fect, fairy-tale wed­ding was our dream, and it came true! Since our fam­i­lies wanted a her­itage wed­ding, we ze­roed in on Jaipur. From Novem­ber 21 on­wards our fam­ily mem­bers and friends started pour­ing in from around the world. The D-Day was Novem­ber 23. The high­light of the evening was the bridal en­try where I en­tered on a Cin­derella cart and reached the var­mala stage. The grand pavil­ion had just Pulkit and me on it. As we ex­changed the var­mala, fire­works and mes­meris­ing mu­sic rent the air. We felt like a king and queen at that par­tic­u­lar mo­ment. It was the most spe­cial mo­ment for both of us and will be cher­ished in our hearts for­ever.”

Sneha Ra­te­ria and Aditya Agar­wal got mar­ried on De­cem­ber 3, 2017. Re­mem­ber­ing her spe­cial day, Sneha says:

“It was the day on which Aditya and my life would change for­ever. Our fam­i­lies took care of ev­ery­thing and made the day seem like a big fun-filled party. Never be­fore had The Taj Ben­gal, Kolkata looked so pretty! The rose-laden man­dap was the high­light of it all. All the events were very el­e­gant and in­ti­mate and my fam­ily made sure that the wed­ding was way above my ex­pec­ta­tions—the rose-cov­ered hall­ways, can­dlelit ban­quets, de­li­cious food and rock­ing per­for­mances by var­i­ous artistes. We did not even re­alise how time passed by that week­end be­cause we were hav­ing so much fun. The best part about Mar­wari wed­dings are the rit­u­als. All the cus­toms are so en­joy­able. My most favourite rit­ual was Sir-guthi, where I was pam­pered by all my sis­ters-in-law—they did ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to make me feel spe­cial! I was wor­ried that I would be a ball of nerves, but in­stead, I was a su­per-re­laxed bride. I didn’t be­have like a typ­i­cal bride and rather en­joyed ev­ery bit of it. I made the most of my Big Day!”

Amrita and Rishi Jalan got mar­ried on July 8, 2010. Re­call­ing some of those spe­cial mo­ments, Amrita says:

My favourite rit­u­als were thape ki puja and mooh dikhai. Th­ese rit­u­als are done right af­ter com­ing out of the man­dap. We (as bride and groom) were led into a room in which the thapa had been drawn. My mom made us per­form a puja of the thapa first and then asked my hus­band to re­cite some shlokas (beau­ti­ful verses that de­scribed his love for me). She lifted the veil from my face and al­lowed him to see my face only af­ter she was sat­is­fied with the shlokas. It was ab­so­lutely hi­lar­i­ous as my mom lit­er­ally grilled Rishi for bet­ter shlokas. There­after, the en­tire bride’s side show­ered us with to­ken gifts. This par­tic­u­lar rit­ual re­ally lifted our moods.”

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