The mandap or vedi is the central element of the wedding decorations in Hindu weddings. It’s considered the ‘sanctum sanctorum’ of the wedding rituals.
Nowadays, it has become a struggle between traditional requirements and modern lifestyles. The western influence on our lifestyle and innovations have definitely impacted the natural jewels.
Today, the prime highlight of any wedding décor is the mandap as the bride and groom want the design to be exceptionally unique and at the same time should also match their aesthetic sensibilities. According to the latest trends, you can experiment with different shapes; use the most exotic flowers, candles, strings of crystals, glamorous light effects, and some unique elements. Nowadays, even fiber wedding mandap are very popular. The design element in mandaps can further be enhanced by the creative use of décor techniques and lighting.
The Hindu Vedic traditions seldom give us any rituals without meanings. Even the mandap design and décor are rich in meanings. Here are some facts that you might not know.
The four pillars symbolize the four stages of life as per the Hindu Vedas – Brahmacharya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha and Sanyasa. Indeed, it is under this mandap that the groom steps out of his ‘Brahmacharya’ and becomes a Grihastha (a householder). Furthermore, the pillars also signify the four important aspects of a human life – Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.
The holy fire is the witness – ‘saakshi’ – to the marriage. Vedas tell us that Agni stands for purity and spirituality. So, Agni is always invoked at the beginning of any auspicious event.
It’s imperative for every couple to understand the sastra behind the mandap design because there are highly significant meanings behind every object and ritual.