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KatVic Shaadi: More Inside Info

By PRAKASH BHANDARI
Last updated on: December 09, 2021 13:42 IST
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A beautiful mandap has been created at the Sheesh Mahal for the wedding ceremony.

Photograph: Vicky Kaushal: Hitesh Harisinghani/Rediff.com; Katrina Kaif: Kind courtesy Kalyan Jewellers

Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal will tie the knot this evening in a Punjabi wedding at the 14th century Fort Barwara Heritage Hotel in Rajasthan.

The rituals will take place at the Sheesh Mahal, where a beautiful mandap has been set up.

The ceremony will start in the afternoon with Vicky's sehrabandi.

Sehra -- or the groom's head-dress -- is not just a form of adornment. The tying of the sehra, especially in Punjabi weddings, is part of the process of preparing the groom for his new journey as a married man.

Traditionally, the sehra is made of strands of flowers, but Vicky's sehra will have strands of artificial pearls.

Vicky's mother and the other female members of his family will perform the sehrabandi. While carrying out this ceremony, the women will sing traditional songs that are sung during this ceremony. They will be joined by Punjabi folk singers Maanj Music and Nindi Kaur.

After the sehrabandi, Vicky will sit in a carriage driven by six horses and go to the fort with the baraatis (wedding guests from the groom's side).

The baraatis will dance to music played by a live wedding band.

The ghodi chadna ceremony will take place before the buggy ride, in which Vicky will sit on a mare.

The groom's sisters and cousins will feed the mare and adorn it.

To ward off the evil eye, family members and friends will perform the varna ritual using cash.

After this, Vicky will climb the horse. Then, he will sit in the buggy and leave for his wedding.

The haldi ceremony, where turmeric paste is applied on the bride and groom, took place on Wednesday. In keeping with tradition, a little mustard oil was added to the turmeric paste before it was applied. Gurdaas Mann's performance at the ceremony was enjoyed by everyone.

Katrina, who wore a yellow outfit for the haldi, looked stunning.

The mehendi ceremony also took place on Wednesday. Mehendi artists from Mumbai created intricate henna designs on the hands of the guests.

The mehendi itself came from Sojat in Rajasthan; this mehendi is known for its beautiful colour.

During the three-day pre-wedding ceremonies, the guests were served both Gujarati and Rajasthani food.

Eighty kilos of sweets were made in Sawai Madhopur, including Bikaner's famous Gond Pak and Jodhpur's equally famous Mawa Kachori.

On Wednesday night, singers Maanj Music and Nindi Kaur sang Punjabi folk numbers as the guests danced with Katrina and Vicky.

On Thursday, after the wedding, everyone will celebrate with a musical night.

Guests were still arriving -- singer-actor Harry Sandhu, singer Aastha Gill, D J Chetas --reached Fort Barwara yesterday.

A majority of the guests will leave will leave by car on Friday morning from Chauth Ka Barwara, where Fort Barwara is located. After a three hour journey to Jaipur, which is approximately 133 kilometres away, they will take a flight for Mumbai.

Katrina and Vicky are expected to stay in Fort Barwara till Saturday.

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