Real Indian Grooms and their Grand Baraats

Most of the romantic fairy tales that we heard as kids talked about a prince charming, who came on a white horse to rescue his ladylove and whisked her away for their 'happily ever after'. Well, Indian weddings are nothing less than a fairy tale where the vibrant atmosphere is filled with beauty, colours and excitement. And, here too a bride's 'prince charming' comes on a white horse accompanied by his baraat. Of late, the ghodi has been replaced by cars (vintage or luxurious) or carriages as well. But, whatever be the way, an Indian baraat is nothing short of a beautiful visual treat for every eye. Take a look at some real-life baraats


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Band and bajaa


The most important part of a baraat is the band that accompanies it. A groom arrives the wedding venue with complete pomp, as the band fills the atmosphere with music, dance and enthusiasm. 

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Groom arrives in style


A groom's baraat is nothing less than a royal procession, complete with pomp, merriment and a majestic ride. Here is an interesting montage of a baraat, which captures the excitement of the groom and his baraatis beautifully.

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Indian baraat spells excitement


It doesn't matter whether it is a day time wedding or a night time one, baraatis (people accompanying the groom's procession) are always ready to show their happiness for the would-be couple. Like these relatives of the groom who are showing off their excitement through their dance moves. 

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Groom joins in the groove


No one can be more exhilarated in this procession than the groom himself, after all it is his special day. Here is a groom who joins in the fun and shakes a leg with the baraatis.

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Groom makes a move


The music and the thrill that fills the atmosphere is certainly contagious. Take a look at this groom who doesn't shy away from showing his excitement at his wedding. So, what if he is on the ghodi? There is nothing to stop him from showing off his dance moves!

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Baraatis and their dance moves


Who cares what you look like when you are out expressing your happiness for your brother or best friend's wedding? Take a look at this baraati who throws away all shyness to shake a leg on the dhol beats. Anyone who has ever experienced a North Indian baraat first-hand would surely know these moves!

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A traditional Indian groom


In most regions of the country, grooms wear a turban on their head on which a sehra (an accessory to cover the face) is tied. This is all done before the groom leaves his house. Here is a groom who looks dashing in traditional Indian wear with a turban, a sehra and a stole around his neck.

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Dancing groom


Here is a shot of the same groom as he expresses his excitement with his small dance moves. Also, take a look at the ghodi, which has been beautifully decorated for this special day. Whether it is a horse, a carriage or a car that takes the groom to his ladylove, all are decked up to match the fervour of a wedding.

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Groom and his serbala


In most North Indian communities, a serbala also sits with the groom on his horse (or carriage). Serbala is the youngest boy in the groom's family, usually his sibling's son. Here is a shot of the groom and his serbala, making a royal picture as their baraat makes way to the wedding venue.

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Milini


In this ceremony, when the baraat arrives the venue, the men from the bride's side welcome the men from the groom's side in the decending order starting with the most elder member. Men from both the sides exchange flower garlands, after which the bride's side gives some gifts to the groom's side. Different communities in India have different ways to welcome their baraatis.

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Welcoming the groom


The groom is welcomed with a traditional aarti, which is in generally performed by the bride's mother. Here is a groom who is being welcomed in the wedding venue with an aarti. Every community in India has different ways and rituals to welcome the groom. No doubt that India is a land of rich cultural diversity.

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Groom's welcome with an aarti


Here is a close up shot of a groom's face as an aarti is being performed at the entry of the wedding venue. Take a look at the twinkle in his eyes and the excitement in his smile!

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Complete with music, dance, excitement and happiness a groom makes his way to the wedding venue to tie the holy knot with his ladylove!

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