Granthibandan and Varmala

The groom’s scarf or shawl is tied to the bride’s saree while chanting prayers to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, and to Lord Narayan and Laxmi Devi praying for a strong marriage like theirs. The knot symbolises the union of two souls joined together in holy matrimony. The parents of both the bride and the groom then places a long sacred cotton thread called Varmala around both the bride and groom bonding them spiritually.