Why Mango Leaves and flowers thoran for Weddings?

In today’s post let us see the significance of the auspicious mango leaves. Why are mango leaves considered auspicious in Hinduism? It is a strong belief that the mango leaves in bunches absorbs negativity; in another words they are used to eliminate evil eyes (Drishti). These leaves are considered to be sacred in Hinduism. Five leaves of this tree in a pot that are smeared with sindoor or vermilion is a usual site in any Hindu religious ceremony (Kalasha). This auspicious mango leaves are embodied with many Gods and Goddesses. According to a legend the significance of tying a mango leaves relates to God Murugan and God Ganesha who are the two sons of Divine Shiva and Goddess Parvati, they w

Significance of Mandapa Decoration for a Wedding!

Mandap ceremony holds utmost importance on the day of the wedding. This is because all the significant rituals are performed during the mandap ceremony. In India, weddings take place in accordance with the age old customs and traditions. It is a very meticulous process and is fulfilled with the feeling that it is a one time affair. As a result, parents on both the sides do not leave any stone unturned in organizing a prosperous wedding for their kids. This attributes to the fact that Indian weddings are around five day long. There are a number of rituals that take place before, after and on the wedding day itself. Mandap ceremony is also such ritual. After the varamala ceremony is over, th