Haridwar, literally Gateway to God, is one of the Hindu holy places in India and a center of Hindu religion and mysticism for centuries. Located on the banks of River Ganges (Ganga), at the point where the Ganges descends from the hills to the North Indian plains, Haridwar attracts a large number of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world.
Hari means “Lord Vishnu”. So, Haridwar stands for ” The Gateway to Lord Vishnu”. In order to reach Badrinath, one of the four Char Dhams, with a temple of Lord Vishnu, Haridwar is a typical place to start a pilgrim’s journey. Therefore, the name Haridwar.
One of the most recognizable moments of a Hindu marriage ceremony is the Vidaai.Vidaai is a bittersweet moment for the bride and her family.The vidaai ceremony symbolises the final stage of a wedding, where the bride’s parents bid farewell to their daughter with their son-in-law.Indian Vidai Ceremony symbolizes reaching the end of the marriage.The Father of the Bride is usually the last one in line to bid his daughter farewell before handing her off to her new life – her now husband.
Bridal Party During the Vidaai
The couple steps into a car decorated and adorned for the occasion and commence their final farewell.Often times wedding guests throw coins or rice to ward off evil eye similar to their blessings during the marriage ceremony.