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Orissa Marriage rituals

Featured in this video are the rituals performed after the marriage in Orissa, a state located on the east coast of India. This is called Samadhi Bhet and is a post-wedding ritual.

Here all the five gods Shiva, Surya (Bhaskara or sun), Durga, Vishnu and Ganesha are evoked by worship. The ritual is performed to strengthen the relationship between the two families.

The Surya devata is considered to be a witness to the alliance formed after marriage between the two families. One can see the rituals performed by the parents of the bride and the groom.