Day #3 brings us to Rabin’s Grahashanti and Pithi held at his parents house on January 20th. The day was bright, dry (thankfully), and warm. We started off with the Grahshanti, which is the prayer to the nine planets in our solar system. During the grahshanti, the gods of these planets are asked to infuse courage, peace of mind, and inner strength to the bride and groom to help them endure any future life hardships. Then came the fun part… the beautification process! The “cleansing ceremony” or what we traditionally call the Pithi was next! Rabin was pasted up and down, left and right, with paan leaves and turmeric paste. His skin was smoothened, whitened, and glowing!…or so it’s believed. Now, radiant as ever, he’s ready to marry Rita!
- Maharaj/Pundit: Prafulbhai