Arranged Love! A Traditional Wedding tale of Kaveri & Amit, through the lens of WhatKnot Photography

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Someone somewhere is made for you, just for you. But the eternal forces wait for the perfect moment to cross your eyes with that special soul. You must have heard this song

Kehte hain khuda ne iss jahan mein sabhi ke liye, Kisi na kisi ko hai banaya har kisi ke liye..
Tera milna hai uss rab ka ishaara maanu, Mujhko banaya tere jaise hi kisi ke liye …

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Someone up there makes a conspiracy for two souls to meet, makes everything mesmerizing for them to fall in love, to get tied in the knot of destiny thereafter; the whole world, the stars, the air, the sky, the rains, the entire cosmos attends these moments of togetherness and blesses the bride and the groom with everlasting love and happiness.

Likewise a photographer holds the smiles, feelings, emotions, expressions, and the moment at large and magically captures it into a frame of memories. We have two such magicians with the same name “Aditya” from WhatKnot, capturing moments and telling tales.

About WhatKnot Photography

WhatKnotAditya Mahagaonkar & Aditya Marathe from WhatKnot are Mumbai based Wedding Photographers, but go wherever the shoot takes them. It’s a coincidence or a conspiracy that they share the same first name, and it sounds funny to them though they find it hard explaining it to their clients. But they just let their images do the talking. Both of them hold an MBA degree and have worked for some of the biggest companies before they decided to take up photography. They are hugely popular in Mumbai and have made their mark to be one of the best wedding photographers in Mumbai. Their photo albums talk more about the type of pictures they enjoy clicking.

Did you think 2 States was only for love marriages? We have Kaveri and Amit breaking stereotypes. Meet Kaveri, a Marathi girl from Mumbai and Amit, a Goan boy born and brought up in Mumbai. Both are absolute workaholics with crazy hectic jobs. Amit is a management consultant while Kaveri is into Market Research, and you thought only opposites attract. They say “We are also the youngest in the family and extremely pampered by our families”.

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Arranged marriage it is. They decided to meet in Starbucks in Juhu for the first time, with lot of apprehensions in mind that was arguing with heart; and the heart, that was losing control. Then they met again and very often. It took months for them to say “Yes I do”, but the fact that they couldn’t stay away from each other had already given hints to their parents that this was happening. It probably was that they were enjoying their courtship more.

Eavesdropped – more often they met, they planned about where they were going on Honeymoon. While their parents planned the wedding, the two travel freaks were knitting Paris dreams.

The Engagement

The magical day of formalizing the relationship finally arrived. Sakharpuda ceremony took place and they got engaged. Sakharpuda literally means ‘a packet of sugar’ which is given to each other. As it’s said, “Kuch acha karne se pehle meetha khana chahiye”.

And the Wedding Celebrations Begin

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The big day of Kaveri’s life, of Amit’s next road was a mix of Marathi and Konkani rituals. The priest kept on switching from Konkani to Marathi, explaining the rituals and in general being the perfect organiser, a perfect blender of states.

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Ganapatipujan, Punyahvachan, Devdevak

Did you know, Lord Vishnu along with all the gods and goddesses were heading towards Goddess Laxmi’s palace to marry her, and had not invited little Ganesha to the wedding. He thought that Little Ganesha looks peculiar with the elephant face and huge belly. But Lord Vishnu’s chariot couldn’t proceed further because of huge rock, no god could help with this problem and Lord Ganesha came to their rescue. Thereafter all shubh karya and weddings especially happen only after inviting Lord Ganesha.

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Hence both Amit’s and Kaveri’s family performed the puja inviting Lord Ganesha followed by Kuldevta and Pitradevta and seeked their blessings for the completion of all wedding ceremonies without any obstacle. Then the elders of the family bestowed their blessings on the couple and their parents.

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Gaurihar Puja

Gauri is the name of Godess Parvati, who took 3 births to win Lord Shiva’s heart and become his wife. To be blessed by Goddess Parvati is a boon to all the would-be-brides. In Gaurihar puja, Kaveri was gifted the distinctive yellow Paithani sari and distinctive jewellery by her maternal uncle. This includes Mundavalya – decorative strings of pearls, beads and flowers that are tied on her forehead and Ambinath – a paisley shaped nath made of gold, diamonds and precious stones.

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Hues of pink can change anyone, and so was found true in this case as well. Aditya from WhatKnot says

We have known Kaveri for quite some time, and she is usually the sober and quiet type. But at the wedding, it was a different game altogether. She was excited, elated and had all the superlatives about being happy about the wedding, about getting a Mundavalya tied on the forehead.

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Lagna Muhurath

It’s time! Amit, wearing a Mundavalya on his forehead, with a garland in his hand stood at the mandap and so was Kaveri on his opposite, separated by a silk cloth called Antarpat. They waited for the curtains to fall and so did everyone present there. At the stroke of the auspicious hour, the priest chanted hymns amidst musical notes of Shehnai and Chougadha, the screen was taken down, and the couple exchanged garlands.

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Everyone showered Akshata grains and blessings, on the couple. Then holy water was applied on the couples’ eyes from a golden Kalash, and an Aarti was performed. While there were several ceremonies to follow, this was one of the main highlights of the wedding.

Kanyadaan

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Kaveri and Amit took permissions from their parents to exchange the wings of love, to double their happiness and to become one, in a Sankalp ceremony. Then, in the Kanyadaan, bride’s mother poured holy water over the groom’s hands, while her father told him that he’s giving away his princess in marriage. To this Amit accepted and told that she is ‘the shower of love, which has been given by the sky, and received by the earth’, and made a promise that he will never violate his limits, and will maintain fidelity and companionship. A Lakshmi Narayan Puja was performed, and they tied a Kankan bandane on each other’s wrists.

Mangalsutrabandhan

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Amit tied the Mangalsutra around Kaveri’s neck, and filled her hair parting with vermillion. This is probably that moment when all brides get a little teary-eyed, not to forget her parents! She, in turn, applied a sandalwood tilak on his forehead.

VivahHom, LajjaHom, Saptapadi

Maharashtrian weddings have an emphasis on Sanskaar, or rituals, and three pujas follow this. During the VivahHom, Kaveri and Amit took their marriage oaths in front of a fire (Agnisakshi). The Lajja-Hom saw them joining palms and putting an ahuti of ghee and puffed rice into the sacred fire, while praying that Kaveri will never break loving ties with her in-laws. Finally, the Saptapadi – the seven vows were taken by them to live happily together, to fight for each other against all odds, while making rounds of fire that played the witness.

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Then, they were made to sit opposite and touch their forehead, a gesture to say that they were friends forever now. Kaveri’s brother twisted Amit’s ear, playfully reminding him to treat his sister well, as he was giving away his first childhood friend to Amit.

All the rituals done and finally something interesting for the newly wed. Amit had to whisper Kaveri’s new name into her ear, and he grabbed the chance to say “I love you” and she couldn’t help blushing.

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Post-wedding Rituals

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Food and Fun! A grand lunch marked the completion of the wedding ceremonies. The lunch was followed by a host of post-wedding rituals, traditionally performed until the next day. A few of the post-wedding rituals included Manpan, Reception, Varat, Grihpravesh, Suhagraat and Haldi Utarvane. One interesting post-wedding ritual is Suun Mukh Baghne, where the Amit’s mother offered gifts and a sari to Kaveri and they saw themselves in the mirror to visualize their new happy family.

And what next?

The journey of life began, with two more people using Mr & Mrs as their titles, with they missing their bachelorhood, yet enjoying the married life nuances.

Hearty congrats to Kaveri & Amit, who are the beautiful couple featured in this post.

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Kaveri & Amit received a lot of surprise gifts at the wedding, but what was the best gift for them, to which they say,

Hiring a candid photographer is the best gift you can give yourself on your wedding day. Through the wonderful pics that they capture, you relive that special day of your life every time you look at the pics. It’s a wonderful experience, almost like an incentive to get married!

A simple, yet an elegant wedding beautifully captured by WhatKnot Photography.

Read Kaveri & Amit’s Full Review of the WhatKnot team’s fantastic work here.

The SayShaadi team wishes Kaveri & Amit a very happy married life!

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