Baraat Ghodi / IIndian Wedding Horse
Your Mane Event specialises in Indian Weddings with a ghodi / white horse perfect for your baraat!
Indian ridden horse available for grooms arrival in full hand made traditional Indian costume
We have two colour options for you to choose from
* Gold and White
* Red and Gold
Other colours can be made for additional cost upon request.
Servicing South East Queensland, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and the Hinterland.
Baraat History and Tradition
The use of a Ghodi, or white horse, as transport for the groom to the wedding venue is a common part of Indian tradition.
In Hindu and Sikh weddings, the Groom is led to the marriage venue in a procession known as the Baraat. In Sikh Tradition, the Groom arrives wearing a sahara and saafa while carrying a kirpan. He is accompanied by family members, groomsmen, and friends known as baraatis.
Family members adorn the Ghodi with embellishments to match the groom as all eyes are on the two as they make their way through the procession.
In North Indian communities, it is customary for the groom to travel to the wedding venue on a white horse accompanied by his family members.
The baraat can become a large procession, with its own band and dancers. The groom and his horse are covered in finery and do not usually take part in the dancing and singing; that is left to the "baraatis" or people accompanying the procession. The groom usually carries a sword.
The baraat, is accompanied by the rhythm of the dhol (Indian Drummer), reaches the meeting point, where the elders of both the families meet. In North Indian Hindu weddings, the groom is greeted with garlands and aarti. In traditional North Indian weddings, baraats are welcomed at the wedding venue with the sound of shehnais, which are considered auspicious at weddings by Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs alike.
Ghodi Charna – Traditionally, the Punjabi groom sets off for the wedding venue by riding a white horse. The horse is decked up in decorations and tika is applied on its head.
The horse is also fed chana dal (lentil) and water by the female relatives of the groom. The groom’s sister-in-law then applies surma to the groom’s eyes to ward off evil vibes. The groom them mounts the horse in a ceremonial manner. He is then accompanied by members of his family who sets off for the wedding venue along with him. The wedding procession is accompanied by a band that plays peppy musing and the members of the wedding procession dance to it.
Both men and women participate in the procession of a Punhabi baraat. Close male relatives of both the bride and groom always wear turbans, which indicates honor. When the baraat arrives at the wedding venue, a ceremony known as the milni (literally, meeting or merger) is carried out, in which equivalent relatives from the groom and bride's sides greet each other. This usually begins with the two fathers, followed by the two mothers, then the siblings, uncles, aunts and cousins; even distant relatives are included in the milni, which symbolizes the unification of the two clans.
A Rajput baraat was consisted entirely of male members but now female members also give company. The groom is usually dressed in a gold achkan, with an orange turban and a churidar or jodhpurs with jootis. The baraat members also must wear achkans or sherwanis with jodhpurs and safas (colorful turbans). The procession to the bride's house looks rather regal as there is absolutely no dancing on the streets by the baraatis. In fact, all members, including the groom who rides a white horse, carry swords.
A Rajput groom dons a Safa or a Pagdhi before he leaves for the wedding Mandap. His sister-in-law applies Kajal on him. The groom’s sisters tie golden threads to the mare and he visits a temple for blessings before the Nikaasi.
The Baraat at a Rajput wedding is a showcase of grandeur. The groom wears gold Achkan, a sherwani Jodhpuri Juttis, traditional orange turban, a Kamarbandh, pearl necklace, carries a sword and rides an elephant or a horse. All the other men in the family wear turbans, sherwanis and Achkans too. The grand entourage then proceeds towards the wedding venue singing and dancing all the way.
Finally, when the Baraat reaches the venue, the bride’s family members receive the Baraatis with a warm welcome. The groom hits a Toran (a particular decoration done at the entrance) with a stick symbolising the warding off of evil. The bride’s mother then puts Tilak on the groom and performs Aarti.