Hindu bride gently pushes a Kalash full of rice with her foot during Graha Pravesh– Here’s why

One of the most symbolic customs is observed when a newlywed bride enters her husband’s house for the first time.

Last Updated: Aug 09, 2016, 16:41 PM IST
Hindu bride gently pushes a Kalash full of rice with her foot during Graha Pravesh– Here’s why
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Mumbai: Kalash plays a significant role in Hindu customary practices. The pot shaped vessel is used in almost all Hindu customs. And even during weddings, Kalash is used for various purposes.

One of the most symbolic customs is observed when a newlywed bride enters her husband’s house for the first time (Graha Pravesh).

The newlyweds are made to wait at the doorstep until the in-laws of the bride do the aarti. Once the aarti is done, the bride is asked to gently push a Kalash full of raw rice with her right foot.

But have you ever wondered what this ritual symbolises?

In this post, we will give you the answer.

A woman is often referred to as Lakshmi in Hindu households. When she becomes a part of a family after a matrimonial alliance, she represents the Lakshmi of the house.

It is from the doorstep that Goddess Lakshmi (wealth and prosperity) enters the house. And she exits from the same door. So when a newlywed bride enters the house, she gently kicks a Kalash full of rice grains so as to push wealth and prosperity inside the house. Thus with her entry, she symbolises the entry of good luck, wealth and prosperity.