“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” ~ Bertrand Russell
This gorgeous couple, Arpita and Shamie, lived in Texas, but most of their family members and friends live in Georgia. As a means of preserving and celebrating their cultural and spiritual heritage for their upcoming baby, they had Godh Bharai ceremony in the seventh month of Arpita’s pregnancy at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn, Georgia. This mandir is a masterpiece of exquisite Indian design and workmanship.
Godh bharai is the Indian form of the popular baby shower ceremony. The ceremony began by honoring Ganesha, the God of wisdom, prosperity, and good luck. Women celebrate it usually during the seventh month of their pregnancy. The process honors the unborn children, marks their arrival to the family. It is also a celebration in which the elders of the family will bless the mother to be. No Godh bharai ceremony is complete without the Garba dance. Traditionally, the dance is performed around a clay lantern with a light inside, called a Garbha Deep. This lantern represents life. Garba is also performed in a circle as a symbol of the Hindu view of time.
Congratulations Arpita and Shamie for your bundle of love!