Hindu marriages are based on the ancient rituals which are carried forward till date. The bride and the groom have to take part in the tiring rituals to get united; to be called as man and wife. The traditional rituals do not get ended with the marriage however set of rituals have to be undergone post the marriage. After the bidaai (the bride leaving her family and joining his groom and his family), the bride reaches her new home, graha pravesh (celebrating the bride coming home for the first time) is performed which is followed by puja (prayers) and then the sisters are bribed by the groom to get to spend the left over time with his beautiful bride. Sisters and rest of the family try their best to keep the groom and the bride away as long as possible.
A huge amount (in cash or kind) is charged by the sisters to give entry to the bride and the groom to their love nest or the bedroom. The bedroom is decorated with beautiful and fragrant flowers to create the most romantic experience.
The bride and the groom is offered a warm glass of almond and saffron milk on the first night as per the Hindu tradition and courtesy Bollywood films and serials. Now let me tell you about the science behind the decorated room and the warm milk containing almonds and pure saffron. It is an age-old tradition to decorate couple’s room with fresh fragrant, flowers for their first night or suhagraat. The fragrant flowers leave an aphrodisiac effect on the couple. It’s a beautiful way of blessing the newly wedded to begin the new chapter in their life together. Now science behind the saffron and crushed almond milk. Milk acts as a vehicle to get the ingredients to the reproductive system. According to ancient scriptures, couples are offered warm cup of saffron and almond milk to: