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What is ‘mameru’ ceremony Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant are hosting?

First Published: 4th July, 2024 20:48 IST

During the ‘mameru’ ceremony, the bride's maternal uncle and her family visit the bride's home, with blessings and gifts.

The Internet is flooded with visuals and pictures of Anant Ambani and Radhika Marchant from their ‘mameru’ ceremony that was held on July 3 before their wedding on July 12. Many of you must be wondering, what exactly is the ‘mameru’ ceremony is. Well, we have got you covered. Continue to read this article to learn everything there is to know about this ceremony, its significance, traditions, rituals and much more.

What is ‘mameru’ ceremony?

The ‘mameru’ ceremony, also known as the ‘mosaalu’, is a traditional Gujarati pre-wedding ritual that holds great significance for the bride. Mameru means maternal uncle (mama or mausa) in Gujarati, highlighting the central role of the bride’s maternal uncle and her family in this tradition.
Usually, the ceremony takes place a few days before the wedding.

How is the ‘mameru’ ceremony celebrated?

During the mameru ceremony, the bride’s maternal uncle and his family visit the bride’s home, with blessings and gifts such as sarees, jewellery, sweets, and other items symbolizing prosperity and happiness.

The saree gifted to the bride is usually of a particular design called the ‘Panetar’ which is considered auspicious and is traditionally worn by Gujarati brides during the wedding ceremony.

What is the significance of ‘mameru’ ceremony?

The significance of the ‘mameru’ ceremony goes beyond the exchange of gifts.

It signifies the bond between the bride’s maternal relatives and the groom’s family ensuring their blessings and best wishes are with her as she embarks on a new chapter of her life.

The rituals of ‘mameru’ ceremony

Rituals during the ‘mameru’ ceremony commonly include a traditional welcome for the maternal uncle’s family, followed by the presentation of gifts to the bride. The bride receives the blessings of her elders, which is considered highly auspicious. The ceremony is often accompanied by traditional music, dance, and a festive feast, making it a joyous occasion for all involved.

After the two grand pre-wedding celebrations of Anant Ambani and Radhika Marchant–one star-studded event in Jamnagar, Gujarat and the other on board a Mediterranean cruise in Italy, the Ambani family kicked off the couple’s lavish ‘mameru’ ceremony at the Antilia in Mumbai on June 3.

Radhika Merchant wore a beautiful traditional pink-orange coloured lehenga, while Anant Ambani wore orange-coloured sherwani with a jacket.

Radhika Merchant also wore her mother’s vintage temple jewellery for her ‘mameru’ ceremony.

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