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Places to Visit in Saputara
Nestled in the heart of this beautiful hill station, the Saputara Lake attracts a horde of visitors year-round. The lake is encompassed by undulating hills and lush greenery, which make it a picturesque place to relax and rejoice. It also offers a distant panorama of the majestic Sahyadri Hills.Echo Point is a famous vantage point and a picnic spot, which attracts a horde of locals as well as tourists. This viewpoint offers a splendid view of the surrounding landscapes, which is made of gurgling waterfalls and abundant greenery.Gandhi Shikhar, popularly known as the Sunset Point, is a prominent attraction. As the evening approaches, the sky is painted with an orange hue of the setting sun, which forms a spectacular sight to behold. Gira Waterfalls are a beautiful seasonal cascade located on the Waghai road at a distance of 49kms from Saputara. The falls emerging from a tributary called Kapri is located in the scenic hilly area where you can relax and enjoy a picnic lunch with your family.Artist’s Village is regarded as the cultural and traditional center of the region. It is regarded as the best places to visit in Saputara for buying traditional as well as tribal artifacts. Warli paintings and the tribal craft objects are some of the rare ones which you can find here. The place is regarded as an ideal place to learn about the culture of this region.
Situated on the state border between Gujarat and Maharashtra, near Saputara, the Hatgad Fort is an ancient citadel that overlooks some splendid landscapes. The history of this fort states that it was built by the great Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji during his reign. Offering stunning vistas of the Sahyadris, this fort is a delightful destination for history buffs as well as nature lovers.Situated on the southern tip of Saputara Lake, Nageshwar Mahadev Temple is the most celebrated shrine of the hill station. This beautiful temple enshrines Lord Shiva's Swayambhu idol. Although this temple is visited by several devotees every day, it witnesses a huge influx of devotees on Mahashivratri – the prime Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Shiva.It is a religious destination, which forms an important part of every tour itinerary of this hill station. This group of natural caves is named after Pandavas – the five mighty warrior brothers from the Hindu epic Mahabharata. People believe that during their exile, they stopped at this hideout for a brief period and worshipped Lord Shiva. Owing to the religious association, these caves attract several visitors round the year. Get a detailed information about Maharashtra tourism such as best time to visit, places to visit and things to do in Maharashtra.
Club Mahindra Hatgad Resort in Saputara is a place that just takes your breath away. It is the perfect combination of luxury and scenic beauty, an ideal retreat for guests looking for a relaxing change from the monotony. With the best accommodation and dining amenities, Club Mahindra Hatgad is best resort in and around Saputara to be.
The Seven Steps – What do they represent?
This portion of the ceremony takes places following the tying of the Mangalsutra (hyperlink) and establishes the commitment the couple makes to each other during the Hindu wedding ceremony. Saptapadi quite literally translates from Sanskrit to ‘seven steps’. Many are familiar with images across the Internet of Indian Brides leading their Grooms around the fire pit at the Mandap, but few know the significance of these steps.
The Seven Steps
The following is a list of the promises the couple makes as they complete each full circle. While the couple is making their rounds, the priest dictates mantras pertaining to each specific phere. The Groom takes the pinky finger (or hand) of his Bride and leads her for the first four pheras, and then they switch places and the Bride finishes the last three by leading him to the culminating step. Each of these pheras signifies a specific meaning for both the Bride and Groom – complementary meanings that ensure that they will work as a unit to make this marriage successful, healthy, and prosperous.
1. Let us provide for our household, stay in good health and carry out our duties and responsibilities to each other, our families and our tradition.
2. Let us develop our mental and spiritual powers
3. Let us increase our wealth and comfort by righteous and proper means
4. Let us acquire knowledge, happiness and harmony by mutual love, respect and trust
5. Let us be blessed with contended family of strong, virtuous and heroic children
6. Let us be blessed with long lives
7. Let us remain true companions, committed only to each other
While the couple makes their rounds, family members that are present on the Mandap bless the couple with rose petals and rice, celebrating a pivotal part of the ceremony. After the Bride and Groom have made the seven rounds, they seek blessing from Lord Vishnu, the preserver, and Lakhsmi, the goddess of wealth. It is said that the couple has tied themselves together for seven lifetimes to come once this part of the ceremony is finished. Some regions of India finish the ceremony off by having the bride touch seven beetle nuts in turn with her toe, while her groom helps her keep her balance.
Saubhagyavati Bhava – Seven married women are invited to bless the couple. While blessing the bride, these seven women utter the three words, Akhanda Sauvagyavati Bhava, meaning may your married glory remain forever.
Chero Pakaryo – A fun-filled ritual where the groom tugs at the saree of his mother-in-law as a way of asking the bride’s family for gifts.
Ashirwad – The couple ask for blessings from all the elders of both the families.
Reception – The reception is thrown in the honor of the newlyweds, where the relatives gather together for a feast. They come and greet the couple each offering a gift.
Vidaai – at the end of the reception, it is time for the bride to bid a tearful goodbye to her paternal residence and start for her husband’s house.
Ghar nu Laxmi – The bride finally reaches her husband’s house where she is warmly welcomed. She is considered Ghar nu Laxmi, or a bearer of luck and fortune for her family. The mother-in-law does her arti and applies tike to her new daughter-in-law. The bride enters the house after knocking down a vessel filled up to the brim with rice.
Aeki Beki – the newlywed couple is then made to play a game called Aeki Beki where several coins and a ring are placed in a tray of water covered by milk and vermilion. The couple has to find the ring from the vessel. It is believed that whoever finds the ring four times first, will be in control of the family.
Wedding Day Rituals
Varghodo – The word refers to the wedding procession where the groom travels to the bride’s house. The groom arrives at the bride’s place on a horse and his relatives walk with him while dancing with music and band. Crackers are set off along with fireworks.
Ponkvu –This custom refers to welcoming of the groom by the bride’s family. The groom arrives and he is met with by the bridal party including the bride’s mother who performs and aarti, applies tika on his forehead and pulls him inside by trying to grab the groom’s nose which he playfully tries to evade.
Jaimala – During this ritual, the bride and groom are introduced formally for the first time. They exchange garlands twice, first time of which the groom has to stand on a stool so that he is standing on higher ground, and for the second round he steps down and they are on equal ground.
Madhuparka – After the Jaimala, the groom is led to the wedding mandap by his mother-in-law. His feet are then washed with milk and water. He is then offered a drink containing five sacred ingredients, milk, yogurt, ghee, honey, and sugar, known as the Panchamrut. During this the sisters of the bride try to steal the groom's shoes, known as 'Juta Churai'.
Antarpaat – The bride is led to the wedding mandap by her maternal uncle and an opaque cloth is placed between the bride and the groom to prevent them from seeing each other. This is known as antarpaat.
Kanya Daan – Before offering his daughter to the groom, the father of the bride washes the feet of the groom. He then places the hands of his daughter on that of the groom, thereby entrusting her happiness to him from now on.
Hasta Milap – The priest unites the groom’s shawl and end of the bride’s saree while chanting sacred verses from the scriptures. This along with the united hands of the couple is known as Hasta Milap.
Mangal Pheras – The bride and the groom, with their garments tied, stand up and make four circles around the sacred fire, each for the four goals of human life - Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. The priest chants verses from the scriptures asking the couple to repeat them.
Saptapadi – The bride is made to touch seven betel nuts placed at regular intervals along a straight line with her right toe. The groom helps her during this task. The bride and the groom then recite the seven sacred vows during this ritual.
Sindoon Daan – The groom puts vermillion on the bride’s hair parting and ties the mangalsutra around her neck.
Kansar – The bride and groom feed each other with sweets at the end of the ceremony.
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Chandlo Matli – This function is performed when the marriage gets fixed between the two families. Father of the bride along with four other male members of his family visits the groom’s home and applies Chandlo – a red circle made of vermillion at the center of the forehead. They bless the groom and offer him Shagun, a token gift.
Gol Dhana – The words Gol Dhana or Gor Dhana literally translates into Coriander seeds and Jaggery. This ritual is observed a couple of days before the wedding and is akin to the engagement ceremony in other cultures. The bride’s family visits the groom’s family and presents them with gifts of sweets and savories in traditional containers known as matlis. The bride and the groom exchange rings. Five married women, each from the bride’s and groom’s family, take turns and bless the couple-to-be for a happy married life. Generally a small feast is arranged for members of the two families.
Mandap Mahurat – This ritual is observed to officially kick-of the wedding. This is observed in both the bride’s and the groom’s places but separately. The priest performs a puja at the house especially praying to Lord Ganesha and seeking his blessings to remove all obstacles from the couple’s paths before their impending union.
Griha Shanti – This is also another puja performed by the priest to address all the obstacles presented by adverse planetary positions according to the bride and groom’s horoscopes. The priest offers appeasement to the Gods and seeks their assistance to smooth out any obstacle in the conjugal life of the couple-to-be.
Mehendi –The mehendi ceremony is generally observed two days prior to the wedding day. Henna paste is applied on the bride’s hands and feet in detailed intricate patterns. The initials of the groom are incorporated in the design somehow. Other women in the family also get their hands and feet painted with henna. Wedding songs are sung by women at the venue during mehendi ceremony.
Sangeet Sandhya or Sanji – This ceremony is observed during the evening a day prior to the wedding. Both the bride’s and the groom’s family come together at a common venue and perform songs and dance routines, especially traditional Raas or Dandiya and Garba dances. The ritual presents an informal setting for the two families to get to know each other well.
Pithi – This ceremony takes place separately at the bride’s and groom’s places separately the day before the wedding. The bride/groom sits on a low stool or bajat with their palms upturned, and a paste of turmeric, sandalwood, rosewater, herbs and mogra attar or perfume is applied to their face, hands and feet. The Pithi is generally prepared by the bride/groom’s paternal uncle’s wife or Kaki. The bride/groom is then bathed with water.
Mameru or Mosalu – This is an event where the groom’s maternal uncle or Mama along with his maternal aunt’s husband or Mousa goes to the bride’s house and present her with gifts like traditional Paanetar Saree, Jewelry, Wedding Bangles or Chooda made from ivory, sweets and dry fruits in beautifully wrapped boxes. This custom takes place the day before the wedding.
Jaan – The next ritual is known as 'Jaan' and it is performed to ward off any evil. It is quite interesting as the groom visits the bride place and touches his mother in law's feet to seek blessings.
The Gujarati Groom usually wears Dhoti and Kurta for the wedding day. Although modern-day grooms also prefer to wear Sherwanis and other Indo-western Style Kurtas. They almost always wear a colorful, bandhni work dupatta around his neck. He almost always wears a matching turban on his head embellished with pearls and other precious stones.
The Gujarati bride typically wears a traditional saree which may either be a Panetaar or a Garchola on her wedding day. Panetar sarees are generally white in color with a bright red border typically made of gajji silk. The saree and the border are often embellished with zari threadwork and stone embellishment making the saree quite heavy. It is gifted to the bride by her maternal uncle. The Gharchola is usually a silk saree in rich red or maroon color with zari threads and bandhni work and is usually gifted from the groom’s side as a symbol of acceptance. The draping of the saree is typical for a Gujarati bride with the Pallu draped in the front fanned out over the blouse. The bride generally wears the Panetaar saree during the initial rituals of the wedding while she wears the Gharchola for the later wedding customs. She wears embellished bindis on her forehead over her eyebrows. The bride wears a host of jewelry to set off her bridal beauty like Gala no har, kan ni butti, Nathani), Bajubandh, with Bangadiand Patla, Chandlo and Chadda.
Haldi or turmeric is an essential commodity of Indian cuisine. The spice also holds a special place in Indian weddings. This is celebrated in a ritual known as the Haldi or Pithi Ceremony. It takes place in both the bride’s and the groom’s homes a few days before the actual wedding.
THE HALDI RITUAL
Haldi has a host of health benefits which marks it as an important ingredient in food items, as well as in beauty and skin care. While it adds taste and color to food, the turmeric paste also enhances glow and fairness and promotes healthy skin. This glow is essentially what the Haldi ceremony is all about.
The paste is a mixture of turmeric, sandalwood powder and rose water, which forms a fragrant mix.
A few days before the wedding, the elders gather at the bride and groom’s home and prepare the mixture carefully. It’s usually the elderly ladies who come forth to apply the paste on the hands, feet, legs, arms, and face of the bride and groom. They bless them for their special day and later, enjoy an evening filled with music, fun and tasty food.
The bride and groom are traditionally forbidden to meet each other until the day of the wedding, once the haldi ceremony is over.
PROTECTION AGAINST THE EVIL EYE
According to the religious texts, haldi or turmeric has powerful properties that protect from evil forces. So applying its paste on the bride and groom can ward off any bad omen that may befall them before the wedding. This is also a reason for the bride and groom to stay within the confines of their homes. They do not step outside until the day of the wedding.
SYMBOLIC SIGNIFICANCE OF HALDI
By applying haldi paste, elderly ladies show their love and prayers symbolically. As the couple gear up to set out on their new life, the folks that gather shower their blessings and wishes for a healthy married life.
Going by some Hindu texts and tradition, turmeric purifies the body and soul. Application of its paste is believed to cleanse the body and mind from any negativity, thereby marking the couple pure and auspicious for their new life together.
Turmeric is known to be a strong antiseptic. And it is perhaps this scientific knowledge that justifies applying it on the body. Haldi paste can prevent acne and pimples, and remove dead cells, thereby enriching skin and promoting a healthy glow.
Moreover, being an antiseptic will help the body boost itself against any minor infections that may threaten the body before the wedding.
The Gujarati Wedding starts with Ganesh Sthapan; an invitation to Lord Ganesh to be present at this occasion. His presence is believed to ensure the smooth running of the ceremonies and to remove any obstacles, bringing happiness and prosperity.
Next follows the Mandap Mahurat. Although family and close friends attend the “Mandap mahurat’, only the women of the household observe the ‘puja’. The ‘pujari’ performs a brief ‘puja’ at the shrine then puts ‘tikka’ on the foreheads of four men from the family, usually brothers of the bride/groom. He goes on to give them a small bamboo stick with ‘nada chari’ (red thread) wrapped around it and Manek Sthumbh (the pillar of gem).
The men link their hands and carry this to the site of the ‘Mandap (the canopy under which the wedding will be held)’ and embed it into the earth. This stick is symbolic of one of the poles of the ‘Mandap’, which will support the canopy. The priest will tie Meendhal to the right hand of the bride/groom, symbolizing an emblem of purity.
Thereafter is the Pithi which entails rubbing a paste made out of green beans flour, turmeric, rose water, and other variable ingredients, on the brides’s/groom’s skin. Supposedly, the paste when rubbed on is excellent for the skin and evens out skin tone. Family members and friends often times have fun getting the groom completely covered in the paste.
With all of these ceremonies conducted in the day, the Garba party is held in the evening. The Garba party is where all friends and family come together for a fun filled night. It is just a night to share the joy and happiness together with each other and everyone, the young and old dance all night long! You just can’t miss this!
You were already in my mind when I wake up this morning
I just can't stop thinking about you
You are the most important person in my life
So, I just wanted to say I love you.
and I can't wait to see you again
Just being with you has made all my dreams come true
and I want to do everything I can make you feel that way too
You deserved to be treasured being the sweetest, kindest
most thoughtful Boyfriend any girl could ask for
and believe me you, I do treasure you your only
Love you always, till my life, My dearest
My Dear Anu,
It's You and Me,
My Sweet Heart,
just You and Me....
I want you to know that
No one can describe
How deeply you touch my heart.
I tried so hard
to put my thought on a paper,
But words escape every time I try,
I only know that I love you truly...
I love you deeply,
more and more each day.
I don't know what I would do,
You and Me,
Only You and Me
DHANU ki ANU
We feel that our relations were fixed in heaven, pre-decided by almighty till 13th March 2019, We do not know each other. We feel like we just meet yesterday but at the same time, we feel known each other all our life. We are the cutest. We make the perfect couple. We understand each other. We listen to each other, We inspire each other Everything else is meaningless because the only thing that matters for us is each other. We would be lost without each other. We must thank our families. As usual In India, Our families were trying to find out the best suitable for us. They started our journey by listing each other at Swayamvar.com. there are mothers were given the task to search for a good partner for us. With a set of instruction given, they started going through the listed entries. Our mother connected each other through Whatsapp and exchanged Biodata over there. Going through the biodata we both felt that knowing more about each other would be necessary so our parents arranged a meetup. It was planned for 13th of March at Ahmedabad where we met each other and while knowing each other we totally lost the track of time. But more or less many things were clear in that meeting and so a second meeting was planned at Himatnagar. There while walking at the River Front and talking with each other we found the bonding happening. Words, where spread and sweets were shared as the dates for our engagement, was decided. 24th March we had our engagement and with that our, Facebook Status was changed from being Single to Getting Engaged. The journey of a New Life - New Beginning it all begin from the right that moment. We started having our couple moments of endless calling and chatting. We started knowing each other’s Likes/Dislikes, Passion, Goals, Etc. From a Bud to a Blossom Flower our Love has been growing with time. Do join us as we take one step further ahead when we tie the knot with Love, Passion & Compassionate for each other for the rest of our lives.
I was born in Ahmedabad. My early years have spent in our native place, Jetalpur. We moved to Killa Pardi in 1996, then Daman in 1999 and in from 2008, we are settled in Vapi. We are shifted to English medium from Gujarati Medium. I complete my graduation from South Gujarat University. Daman and Vapi have given me lovely friends without them I could not be like what I am now. I love to travel and traveled a lot across the world. I love the surprises that spring up on my travels and love meeting people from different cultures & background. Photography is my passion that offers so many possibilities for creative expression, technical expertise, and sheer variety of ways to capture an image. Reading is yet another passion that I pursue whenever I find the time. I love adventurous activities like Bungy Jumping, Skydiving & trekking. I am also socially active. Presently serving as a Secretary of Rotaract Club of Vapi. I have learned discipline and hardworking from my loving Mom. I inspired and learned dedication, dreaming, visualizing and from my compassionate dad. Thank God, that gives me sibling like Niki (Dhara Keval Mehta) who is always ready to help me when and where I required her help. I do not have a brother but God has taken care of it, by giving Keval Mehta as a brother in law, filled the space of real brother! I get Anushka comes to my life as the rain comes after hot summer!
I was born at my maternal grandfathers home town, Idar. I enjoyed my childhood time to till date in Himatnagar. Though my paternal family belongs to prantij, they settled in Himatnagar for finding new opportunities. My father who is working with Cooperative Bank. He has fond of music. Mostly his friend's circle called him Guruji and has biggest collections of old Hindi Filmy Songs and running the Club for Music lovers in Himatnagar. My mother is also commerce graduate but she has made up her mind to focus on our education and our upbringing, she has decided to become house wife and she is the real source of inspiration, dedication and hardworking. I did my schooling at Himatnagar but I went to Ahmedabad for my graduation. I completed my higher education, Masters from Gujarat University with a higher grade. I and my elder sister are like close friends and we are enjoying our relationship after her marriage too. I like to listen to old and new songs, have found reading. I have decided that will not go far from my parents and must marry a person who is a salaried person but almighty have a different plan for me and I think, I feel almighty have the best planning for me.
In a nutshell, even everything goes wrong, the only thing I really care about is Dhanush. and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with him!
Varghodo ( Jaan Prasthan ) Male
Ring Ceremony Male
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Dhanush & Anushka