|Goa is a dream wedding destination with its pristine beaches and vast stretches of swaying palms. It is home to wedding ceremonies of all faiths and communities. The vivacious and vibrant Sikh community solemnizes their wedding rituals in the Gurudwaras which is a simple and gracious affair. This can easily be arranged in Goa in a Gurudwara by the Beach and followed by a reception on the beach in the evening. A Sikh wedding is known as Anand Karaj, it takes place in the presence of the Sikh Holy Book the Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Some of the marriage rituals are mentioned below.
It means Blissful Union in the presence of the Holy Scripture and the preacher or the Granthi.
The Granthi or any learned man or woman sings the Ardas followed by Lawan Phere or sacred hymens by Guru Ramdas, four nuptial rounds of the Holy Scripture are taken, and the Granth is now regarded as the center of the couple's lives.
The Bride is given an emotional send off in a palanquin.
Sikh marriages are over by the afternoon and followed by a Langar. The austerity and simplicity of the ceremony gives way to extravagance and opulence in the glitzy Reception by the beach in the evening.