Why do Jain marriages seem to be very rich?
Posted On May 2, 2022
In Jainism, marriage is encouraged by the scriptures as it recognizes the dependence of two living beings on one another. While certain traditions are sacramental to Jains, regional and cultural influences have resulted in certain rituals. However, Jains prefer their traditions to be carried forward in a very cultural way.
A wedding is an important and a significant time. It signifies the day we commit the rest of our lives to another human being—to love, cherish, and honor until death does us part. It is a commitment we make in front of friends and family and often represents the joining of two families.
Jains are the richest religious community, with more than 70% of their population in the top quintile. The weddings are preferably conducted by a Jain Pandit, but in certain cases it is also performed by a respectable person of the community who has proper knowledge of the entire process and its significance. As practice of dowry is highly condemned by the entire Jain community, spending lavishly on the wedding is a norm across Jains. Families spend significant sums of money on the venue, decor, outfits, jewelry, and gifts for their relatives. With growing awareness of Instagrammable trends, these costs go up when celebrity makeup artistes and wedding photographers get added to the mix.
The wedding becomes their occasion to showcase their status and hospitality, provide best to the guests. Right from the venue selection to the menu decision, from the wedding officiate to the florist, from the guest list to the bride and groom’s outfit, the lighting, the music, everything become an extravagant affair.
Jains spend crores to stage elaborate marriages. The wedding becomes the centre of the Universe, albeit for a few hours. Every Jain wedding reflects the customs of the Jainism, which means, attending a Jain wedding is like exploring a part of the religion. From traditional food to attires to rituals, you get to savor everything in the Jain wedding opulent and it is tons of fun.
Amidst all this grandeurs, Jains do not forget to keep the wedding traditionally and culturally rich. Right from the Lagna Lekhan to the reception, all traditions are passed on to the youngsters intact.
The perception of what society thinks about us has always driven our thinking, and this is strengthened generation after generation. A person in India is estimated to spend one-fifth of the total wealth accumulated in his lifetime on his wedding. From fashion designers, event planners, florists to caterers, you need to hire an efficient team to make your special day truly incredible.
Weddings have become the most visible expression of a person’s social standing and wealth. This custom is entrenched in our community.
All in all, an experience of attending a Jain wedding will be about witnessing the warmest of all hospitality and a part of country’s cultural pride and above all, the happiness is contagious!