Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas end three-day celebrations with elaborate Hindu wedding ceremony

The power couple, who got hitched on December 1 in a Western ceremony at the Taj Umaid Bhavan Palace hotel in India, had a Hindu ceremony today. December 2, at the same venue

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas end three-day celebrations with elaborate Hindu wedding ceremony

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have now officially come to the end of their wedding weekend, which can be easily described as a weekend to remember. The power couple, who got hitched on December 1 in a western ceremony at the Taj Umaid Bhavan Palace hotel in Jodhpur, India, had a Hindu ceremony on Sunday, December 2, at the same venue in order to honor Chopra's Indian heritage.

The festivities at the wedding (Instagram)
The festivities at the wedding (Instagram)

The duo completed the traditional Hindu ceremony since they have already finished the sacred Hindu tradition of 'saat pheras', where the bride and groom circumambulate the sacred wedding fire, while the priest chants holy mantras. The Hindu tradition of taking 'saath phere' during the ceremony is considered to be the seven steps necessary for a marriage since Hindu customs believe that by partaking in this ritual the two souls are joined for seven lifetimes in holy matrimony.


 
 
 
 
 
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“It is super important to Priyanka to have an Indian ceremony that honors her heritage and culture, just as it’s important to also have a Western ceremony that honors Nick’s Christian upbringing,” a source said earlier this week. “They are doing both.”

The Hindu ceremony started off with wedding rituals such as the haldi and chooda ceremony. Haldi is a Punjabi wedding ritual where turmeric paste is applied to the bodies of the bride and groom on the morning of the wedding day. The ceremony is usually accompanied by song and dance. The yellow color of turmeric is considered very auspicious in the Indian traditions. The auspiciousness of this ingredient and its color ushers in a life of prosperity for the couple, who are starting off their new life together.

The chooda ceremony translates into a ritual involving bangles. Traditionally a set of 21 bangles in red or maroon and white or ivory is selected by the bride's maternal uncle and aunt and they gift it to her. It's considered to be a mark of their blessings. The bangles (chooda) is also known to bring good luck to the newlyweds and the color red is believed to strengthen the bond between the couple. Guests even had a theme for this ceremony as they were supposed to adhere to a 'pink, orange, purple' color scheme. The decor for this ceremony was floral with marigolds being the choice of flowers.

 



 

The couple's Hindu wedding took place on the palace grounds with the Mehrangarh Fort in the backdrop. The wedding event's highlight was a 40-foot high canopy (mandap) beautifully decorated with red flowers. Nick played the Indian groom to the hilt, as he arrived on a horse (ghodi) to the venue. He was dressed like royalty, wearing a turban and holding a sword. Once there, the couple both took a ride on an elephant before exchanging garlands. Sources say that Chopra grew quite emotional while exchanging garlands (jaimala). She teared up because she missed her dad and had wanted him to be there on her special day. 

Both Chopra and Nick, who kept their wedding quite a tight-lipped affair with extremely beefed up security, have now started to share snippets of their fairytale wedding with the public. Chopra recently shared the pictures and videos of performances at the couple's sangeet, and social media is going absolutely gaga for all of them.

For the sangeet, Chopra donned a stunning sequined Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla saree in gold and silver, while her beau was seen in an open midnight blue sherwani that boasted of a silk threading detail for the occasion. The pictures capture the overall festive vibe of the pre-wedding ceremony, and also gave fans a glimpse of all the fun and frolic that took place during the elaborate ceremony.

The bride performed at the function with her mother, Madhu Chopra, while Nick literally set the stage on fire with his dance performance. He was also spotted doing the signature step from 'Gallan Goodiyan', a song from Chopra's Bollywood movie 'Dil Dhadakne Do'. Chopra's sister Parineeti was also seen performing on a song for the sangeet, since both the bride and groom's family members took it upon themselves to recreate the couple's journey up to their wedding through their performances.


 
 
 
 
 
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“It all began as a fierce song & dance competition between the families but ended, as always, as a huge celebration of love,” Chopra wrote on Instagram along with a series of videos and photos from the big night. “Nick and I were looking forward to the Sangeet (musical evening), another pre-wedding ritual.. and to see what each side had put together.”

She continued, “And what a performance it was. Each family telling our stories through song and dance, filled with lots of laughter and love. We were both filled with gratitude for the effort, the love and the laughter and will carry the memories of this special evening for the rest of our lives. It is an amazing start to a lifetime of togetherness for our families and friends.. #grateful”

This comes after Chopra and Jonas posted pictures on Instagram of their mehendi celebrations, and made it quite clear in the caption how both of them value family as well as each other's belief systems, in and out. "One of the most special things our relationship has given us is a merging of families who love and respect each other’s faiths and cultures," wrote the couple about their mehendi ceremony.  “And so planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so so amazing. An important part for the girl in an Indian wedding is the Mehendi.” They added, “Once again we made it our own and it was an afternoon that kicked off the celebrations in the way we both dreamed."