After all the wedding ceremonies are complete, the bride bids a tearful farewell to her family members. The tears reflect both happiness and sadness. She is then embraced in her new home for starting a new life with her husband and his family members.
Varat– It means the procession of the bride from her paternal home to her Sasuraal (husband’s home). After completion of all the wedding rituals, the groom picks up the silver idol of Goddess Parvati (placed in rice) which was earlier worshipped by the bride during the Gaurihar Puja.
Grihapravesh–The bride's Sasuma (groom's mother) welcomes the newlywed couple and washes their feet with milk and water. After this, the traditional Aarti is performed and the bride is asked to enter the house by gently kicking a Kalash (glass of rice), kept at the entrance. The couple must enter the house with their right foot (which is considered auspicious and lucky). This signifies the starting of their new life.
The Reception– Finally, a reception party is organized by the groom’s side wherein the newly married couple meets and greets all family and friends, while sumptuous food is served for the guests. The bride attire consists of a traditional sari and jewelry gifted to her from the groom’s side while the groom dresses up in attires presented to him by the bride’s side.
This is how the simple and humble welcoming of a new bride is done in the Maharashtrian Culture.