Ajeet & Ashmedh – Part Two – The Punjabi Sikh Ceremony

A Punjabi Sikh Wedding
As the most religious part of the Sikh wedding, the Anand Karaj, is just as colorful and upbeat as the Sangeet the night before. Ajeet and Ashmedh wanted to make the ceremony as spiritual as possible, so they could take in the meaning of the Anand Karaj, the Sikh wedding ceremony translated as “Blissful Union,” where the bride and groom are joined in a spiritual union.  Ajeet got ready in her parent’s home in Bayside, Queens and Ashmedh had a village of friends and family from his hometown in Raleigh, NC ushering him to this new chapter in his life.  When they reached the ceremony venue at the Sikh Gurdwara in Glen Cove, Long Island – the bride was hidden away while the groom made a grand entrance to the front of the Gurdwara in a white adorned horse on the heels of a live drummer (dhol) and his family doing bhangra, a Punjabi folk dance. The ceremony itself was very fluid, with a prayer between the two families to commence the ceremony and the reading of four stanzas from their holy book to make it official.  Even though they were deep in prayer, Ajeet and Ashmedh got many moments of joy and laughter in their ceremony.

  • March 30, 2013 - 4:12 pm

    Aaliyah C. - Your work is amazing! 😀 I hope my wedding pictures will look as great as these. I love how you used triple pictures side-by-side. thank you sooooo much for sharing!

  • August 8, 2012 - 4:27 am

    Raman - I came across your blog from a mention in a DPS article, and I have to say, I absolutely LOVE your work, this post and the details of explaining the ceremony. The colours are stunning and you captured the traditions/moments perfectly!

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