India | Jammu and Kashmir


Divagone is a ceremony that precedes the wedding rituals of the Kashmiris. Divagone is observed to invoke the Surya (Sun), Chandra (Moon) and Brihaspati deities to bless the newly wedded couple. It marks the transition of the bride and the groom from the brahmacharya ashram to grihastha ashram. Lord Shiva and mother Parvati are worshipped by the bride and groom separately in their respective homes. Before the Divagone ceremony, the relatives of the bride and groom observe fast. The ritual is conducted in front of a sacred fire. Bathing of the bride and groom with a mixture of water, rice, milk and curd and showering of flowers amidst the chanting of mantras is part of this function. They change into a new set of traditional dress after the ritualistic bath.

Updated on 18th December, 2005


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