The bride's family visits the groom's family bringing gifts, the paste for the tikka mark and a silver tray with a few grains of rice and saffron in a small silver bowl, 14 dried dates (chuharey) wrapped in silver foil and a coconut wrapped in gold leaf.The bride's father applies the mark to the groom's forehead, blesses him and gives him some money.She is also presented with jewellery, which her mother and sister-in-law help her wear.
A basket containing Bindi and bangles is handed around so girls can choose those that match the outfit they plan to wear to the wedding.
The origin of this ceremony lies in the arranged marriage norm, where the parents would announce that they are looking for a suitable match for their son or daughter, and once they had found that match, their search had come to an end.
Though rings are not exchanged, the couple stand unofficially engaged after this ceremony.
These eleven Sikhism matrimonial do's for a successful marriage and matchmaking include prospective spouses, engagement and wedding ceremonies, and apply to bride, groom, parents and families seeking to arrange marriage as well officiating parties.
Do: The Sikhism code of conduct forbids rituals and rites based on superstitious customs and practices as sacrilegious.