A day before the wedding the palm and feet of the bride are
decorated with "Mahendi".
A canopy or mandapa decorated with
flowers is erected at the place of wedding.
On the wedding morning, various ablutionary rituals are performed on both the
bride and the groom in their own homes. Their bodies are anointed with turmeric,
sandalwood paste and oils, which cleanse the body, soften the skin, and make it aromatic.
They are then bathed to the chanting of Vedic mantras