We have a gorgeous wedding tradition to share with you today! Wedding mandaps have been a focal point of Hindu weddings since ancient times and the custom continues today.
The bride and groom exchange vows under the sacred mandap. It consists of four pillars forming a covered structure with chairs for the bride and groom, their parents, and a pedestal for a sacred fire.
The structure itself is symbolic, each pillar representing the four vedas(the primary texts of Hinduism), the four goals of a fulfilled Hindu life, as well as the four parents of the couple, who's love and support have allowed the marriage to take place.
The mandap is so important that the day before the wedding, a special ritual takes place to bless it. Though traditional mandaps often contain leaf garlands from mangoes, coconuts and other fruits and traditional fabrics, more modern mandaps reflect the couples' style and are often decorated with bright flowers, contemporary fabrics and crystals.