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A Sindhi wedding ceremony is not too different from a Hindu wedding ritual. It differs from a typical Hindu wedding because of its pre and post wedding rituals. The Mehraj, namely the sindhi priest, first performs the kachi misri, which is the informal engagement ceremony. Following that, if a male has not had Janya performed as a young adult, the scared thread ceremony is performed before the wedding. As the wedding approaches, Sindhi’s perform a prayer to Jhulelal, called the Behrana to ask the Sindhi God to bless the couple’s life. Following Bherena, ladas are sung, mehendi is applied and satt surn and ghari Bukhi ceremony is performed at the bride and groom’s house separately. Vanwa: oil and haldi ceremony. Sagri takes place at the bride’s house as the groom gets ready.

The wedding ceremony is performed with traditional Sindhi rituals and the ceremonies consists of the following steps: 1. Swagatam (welcome of the baarat) 2. Hathialo (joining of the couple hands) 3. Ganesh Poojan 4. Nav Grah Poojan (prayer of the nine planets) 5. Kalash Poojan (prayer to the lord of water) 6. Vidi (reading of mantras from holy books) 7. Havan (holy fire) 8. Mangal Phera (walk around the fire) 9. Saptapadi (seven steps together) 9. Promises 10. Varmala (garland exchange) 11. Wedding ring 12. Mangal sutra (scared necklace) 13. Kanyadhan (sent off the bride) 14. Mithai khilana (sweet offerings) 15. Senan ji gadjani (meeting of the groom and brides parents) 16. Palav (blessings for everyone) 17. Ashirvad and Shanti Path (blessings and sent off).

The wedding ends by performing the datar. Pandit Bhagirath, amongst one of the few Sindhi priests in the USA, assures that all the rituals in a Sindhi wedding are performed most traditionally by the bride and groom. Weddings are meant to be fun and our Sindhi Mehraj understands that completely and ensures everyone has a good time at the wedding and all the pre and post wedding rituals. Upon request, pandit ji performs the wedding with English and Hindhi translations