Shree Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple

The intricately carved honey-colored (further accentuated at sunset) Somnath temple on the western edge of Gujarat is believed to be the place where the first of the twelve holy jyotirlingas emerged in India – a spot where Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light. The temples lies at the meeting of Kapila, Hiran and Sarasvati rivers and the waves of the Arabian Sea ebb and flow touching the shore on which it is constructed. The ancient temple’s timeline can be traced from 649 BC but is believed to be older than that. The present form was reconstructed in 1951. 

The setting sun transforms the temple sign, in Hindi script, painted with Indian flag colors by casting a golden glow.

Somnath Temple Gujarat
Golden Glow on Somnath Sign

Decorations at the Reception

Lights transformed the decorations from the wedding to reception adding to festivity and celebration of the event. What a fantastic end to a classy Indian wedding with lovely decorations!

Wedding Event Walkway
Chandeliers at the Reception
More Chandeliers at the Reception
Reception Decorations

Musical Event Decorations

Among the many pre-wedding events that occur prior to the Hindu, Punjabi, and Gujarati wedding ceremonies, the Sangeet is where the party begins. The word Sangeet translates to ‘sung together’ from Sanskrit. Unlike religious ceremonies such as the Haldi or portions of the wedding ceremony, the Sangeet is solely conducted to relish in the happiness and joy surrounding the couple.

The décor reflects the festive spirit of this Indian wedding event …..

Decorations at Musical Event
Chandeliers at the Musical Event

Sangeet Event Decorations

The word “Sangeet “ means music, but when it is used as a term to describe a celebratory event during an Indian wedding it translates to Music Night or Musical party. This musical night is a celebration of the union of not only the couple but the bonding of both families. A sangeet usually takes place the night before the wedding. It can feel very similar to a wedding reception, with food, dancing, and fun—and everyone is invited! The couple’s family members and friends perform special dances to celebrate the couple.

Fresh flower decorations and colorful lights welcome the guests …….

Musical Event Entrance Decor
Musical Event Walkway
Musical Event Stage and Dance Floor

Haldi Ceremony Decorations

Warmed to the very core with the color of sunshine, a Haldi (Turmeric) ceremony is one tradition of many that brings a unique feel to an Indian wedding. Haldi or turmeric paste is renowned for cleansing and purifying couple’s body before they enter into holy matrimony. Additionally, it symbolizes the happy start of a new life together. Haldi is said to safeguard the bride and groom from any negative omen that may damage them before the wedding.

The decorations and outfits at this event were matched to the colors of turmeric …..

Welcome Decor for Haldi Ceremony
Haldi Ceremony Decor
Haldi Ceremony Yellow Theme

Wedding Decorations in India

We attended in January 2023 a spectacular wedding in Hyderabad, India. There were five events for the wedding and the decorations at different venues were all unique, elegant, and colorful. The decorations at these events were at a different level, but reflected the normal festive spirit of celebrating Indian weddings.

The first event was the Welcome Party where family and friends of the groom and bride introduced themselves and had an outdoor party with live music.

Welcome Party Decorations
Decorations at Padmaja Palm Groves

Tadoba – Gaur

The gaur, also known as the Indian bison, is a bovine native to South Asia and Southeast Asia. The gaur has been recognized by wild life experts as the largest of all wild cattle, bigger even than Asian wild Water Buffalo and American Bison. A gaur herd includes females and one dominant male. Bulls often congregate into bachelor herds while older males occasionally prefer living solitarily. 

Here is a gaur in Tadoba National Park, India.

Gaur with Broken Horn
Gaur at Tadoba