We saw the super talented artist Cate Parr’s watercolors on Indian brides before…and now here’s one of Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
The elephant-god Ganesha (or Ganpati) is one of the most prominent deities in Hinduism. Widely revered as the ‘Remover of Obstacles’ and ’Lord of Beginnings’, his name is always invoked before any other deity’s name in Hindu wedding prayer rituals.
Legend has it that Lord Ganesha received this distinction as a blessing from his parents, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He is designated as the chief (eesha) of all of Lord Shiva’s ganas (servers) – hence the name, Ganesha.
An illustration by artist Katie Daisy.
Wedding-inspired artwork from Amrit and Rabindra Kaur Singh (aka ‘the Singh Twins‘)
SEHRA: A headdress worn by the groom during the marriage, until the commencement of the Anand Karaj ceremony when it’s removed by the bride’s father and priest. It consists of garlands that hang over and cover the face of the groom.