It was late night and I was sitting in bus, wondering, which one of fast passing dark corner is mine stop. In nights, hilly roads are usually colder and foggy here. I watch from window how smoke, from tea and cigarettes rising up. Few hours later bus reached Palampur and I saw Shilpica – the bride. It was wedding as I love – intimate, overloaded with traditions, and slightly crazy. We climbed mountains in wedding outfit, danced in the forest, kissed under the rain.
In bihari wedding customs it is prescribed for the bride to keep supari (betel nut) put on knife to be prevent from an evil eye.
This is North Indian tradition where groom have to bargain his entry to the wedding hall. Sisters of bride blocking entry and ask groom’s party for money.
Kanyadan – giving daughter to the groom and phera or saptapadi – seven steps and seven vows, ceremonies mixed with pahari-bihari ways to-do.
Left – pahari’s tradition of worshiping kuldevta of groom’s family during wedding ceremony; Right – Bright keeping sindoor box, that she will use whole life long, and it will be going with hir on fire when she will pass away.
In bihari wedding using orange kum kum and applying sindur from tip of nouse till top of the head.
Next morning after wedding we were ready to move to the Atul’s house. And when at this point every normal wedding about to end, here things just began!
Female relatives on new house taking care about new bride. They made marquee using old sarees, there bride will sit during ritual bathing. And cloth changing. They will remove all juwellery what had being given by girl’s parents and put on her cloth and ornaments from new home.
During her ritual bathing the groom sits outside of marquee, keeping ritual vail in hands. This vail has covered her had during wedding ceremony according to pahari tradition, and it should not touch the ground.
Woman from groom’s side combing Shilpica’s hair and giving new ornaments.This ritual calls “sirgooti”, its way of welcoming new pahari bride, and showing that now she belongs to new family.
Kalash pooja ..workshiping pot which contains ganga water
Now everything is ready to get into doli! And come up to the hills!
We came up to worship kuldev temple of Atul’s family