This ceremony is undertaken at the outset of most auspicious events. Hence, the families of the bride and the groom perform this ceremony in their homes a before the wedding day. In Hindu religion, the families pray to Lord Ganesha the Hindu God who is believed to remove all obstacles and seek his divine blessing. The puja is performed by an acharya or priest in front of a sacred fire.
As this is Gujarati traditional wedding ritual the Ismaili community is also having same ritual in their wedding though they don’t have puja in ceremony, they offer prayers and seek for divine blessings to Allah. The groom or bride comes under the Mandap and plants a material bunch into a pot. This bunch contains betel nut, sava rupaiya-the shagun, small bamboo sticks, grass creeper, ficus leaves (kind of tree called ‘Pipal’ in Hindi which is sacred to in Hindu religion) and Manek Stambh. Turn by turn five maiden girls make kum kum and rice tika on the groom or bride’s forehead and manek stambh then they shower flowers and rice upon them.