On the evening prior to the wedding day, the bridegroom is to be brought in a procession from a temple
in a flower decorated vehicle. He is escorted by the bride’s parents and welcomed at the marriage
mandap which is the bride’s abode. Nadaswaram band leads the procession along the streets, in the
flower decorated vehicle jam – packed with children.
This is a Social function, called JAANA VASAM, in South India and BARAAT in North India.
Through such a parade, public approval is sought of the groom chosen by the family.
After reaching the marriage hall, there is a formal ceremony of betrothal.