Right from the engagement, ring ceremony, mehandi till the run up to the wedding, Maneet looked stunning and fully charged with million watt energy. It was a up hill task to wade past the battalion of traditional wedding photographers and videographers to get some good photographs of the couple. But eventually we did succeed. The bubbly chirrupy Maneet became a docile damsel right before she entered the Gurdwara for Anand Karaj. But she looked gorgeous and we could see the sparkle in the eyes of Amar. Here is a sneak peek of Maneet and Amar’s Punjabi Sikh wedding Photography in Delhi.
Jago, a ritual in Sikh marriage.
The Jago ceremony usually happens the night before a Punjabi wedding and is a chance for friends and family to rejoice and dance together in celebration. A pot (gaggar) is decorated with candles and carried on the head whilst dancing and singing jago songs. The word jago means “Wake up” and gets everyone in the mood for whats to come. The Jago Ceremony starts with the aunt colourfully dressed in a traditional Punjabi Ghaghara and with her dancing with the pot on her head. The pot is then passed around the rest of the family and friends where they take their turn in the Jago alongside everyone else.I was right behind the Groom Amar. Maneet had just arrived for the ring ceremony. As she came near the dias, she was urged by the grooms family to sing a song…. she smiled and blushed…. and turned red….Being a Wedding Photographer in Delhi, Sikh Wedding Photography is a integral part of my work. What I like about the Sikh Weddings is the high amount of energy and exuberance in all of them. Shooting for a Sikh Wedding is like an entertainment for me rather than work.
And here is the bride dancing away with her friends during the mehendi night.Perhaps tired after all the hi-voltage dancing, the Bride rests and Watches as the guests dance and celebrate “Mehendi”.Its the mothers heart. She knew it was inevitable. Its just a few hours and her precious daughter will be gone. Though everyone else was jubilant and celebrating, she cried…. and cried all thorough the wedding.
Anand Karaj (Punjabi: ਅਨੰਦ ਕਾਰਜ, anand kāraj) is the Sikh wedding ceremony, meaning “Blissful Union” or “Joyful Union”, that was introduced by Guru Amar Das. The four Lavan (marriage hymns which take place during the marriage ceremony) were composed by his successor, Guru Ram Das. It was originally legalised in India through the passage of the Anand Marriage Act 1909 but is now governed by the Sikh Reht Maryada (Sikh code of conduct and conventions) that was issued by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC). It dictates that only those who follow the Sikh religion may marry under the ceremony, therefore, Sikhs cannot marry persons professing other religions under it. It also states that child marriage is invalid and that no account should be taken of the prospective spouse’s caste.
In a recent verdict of the Sri Akaal Takht Sahib,i.e. a Hukumnama, Anand Karaj can only take place in a Gurudwara. Any Amritdhari (Baptized) sikh may perform the marriage ceremony. (Above text courtesy Wikipedia.)
Why do I feel a tear in my eyes too, at every Vidai(farewell) I click. When brothers and dad pushed Maneet’s car, I had to make an effort to hide my tears. Bad for me…very bad.Brothers, cousins, and all the men of the house push the car in which the bride leaves for her new home. Its such a touching moment. After years of loving, parents have to give away their most precious possession, that is the daughter. My eyes were wet and could not see through the view finder of the camera. I just ran after them and clicked at random without knowing what I am shooting. Looking for Sikh Wedding Photography in Delhi or elsewhere? Contact me for a free consultation.
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