Puja : Ganesh, Kalash, and Navagraha
The priest (pundit) begins the wedding ceremony under the mandap, by invoking the blessings of God to accept our prayers, to bless the assembly of family and friends, and to bless the couple to be married. The mother of the bride is then requested to join the ceremony. The priest first worships Lord Ganesh, the remover of all obstacles and continues with invocations and offerings to the copper vessel (Kalash) containing sacred water, flowers, and a coconut symbolizing the universe. In this part of the ceremony, the five universal elements: earth, air, fire, water, and sky are worshipped. The nine planets of the solar system (Navagraha) are also invoked for their blessings.
XXX mother offers YYY a glass of a mixture of honey, yogurt, ghee and saffron (Madhuparka), which he accepts with a Mantra, the meaning of which is, “I will always cultivate in me the sweetness of the Madhuparka in all my dealings.