Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant are all set to tie the knot on July 12 in Mumbai. The couple has been making headlines for a while now as a lot is happening at this one-of-a-kind wedding. Prior to the wedding, the couple attended some of their pre-wedding festivities. One was the star-studded event in Jamnagar, while other onboard a French cruise where they were graced by the family members and famous celebrities. On July 3, the Ambani family kicked off the wedding celebration of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant through a traditional wedding ritual called "Mameru" ceremony for the bride. Also known as "Mosalu," it is a cherished tradition in Gujarati weddings, which recently found a spotlight during the pre-wedding festivities of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant. What is Mameru and Mosalu ceremonies? This article will provide details about the Gujarati wedding ritual, which holds profound cultural and familial significance, symbolising love, blessings, and strengthening familial bonds.

Mameru Ceremony and Mosalu Ceremony

According to Gujarati tradition, the Mameru ceremony, also known as Mosalu ceremony takes place a day or two before the wedding. It is a unique event in which the maternal family plays a pivotal role. In Gujarati, "Mama" and "Mosa" means maternal uncle, and "Mameru" translates to the uncle’s gift. This ceremony is a heartfelt gesture from the maternal side, showcasing their affection and support for the bride as she embarks on her new journey.

Rituals and Traditions:

During the Mameru ceremony, the maternal uncle, accompanied by his family, visits the bride’s home with a plethora of gifts. These gifts typically include traditional items such as sarees, jewelleries, sweets, dry fruits and other auspicious items. One of the most significant gifts is the Panetar saree, a traditional white and red saree that the bride wears during the wedding rituals. Along with this, the maternal uncle also gifts a set of jewellery, including ivory or white bangles, necklaces, and earrings, symbolising his blessings and good wishes for her future.

Apart from the exchange of gifts, the ceremony is marked by rituals, music, dance, and a feast. Family members come together to celebrate the bride’s upcoming nuptials, creating joy and festivity around. The bride adorns herself in her new saree and jewellery and is showered with blessings and love from her maternal family. The ritual signifies the relationship between the bride’s maternal relatives and the groom’s family.

Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s Mameru Ceremony

The Ambani family hosted Radhika’s pre-wedding ritual, Mameru, on July 3 at Antilia, Mumbai. For the traditional ceremony, Radhika dressed in a custom Manish Malhotra bandhani lehenga in rani pink, decorated with gold taar zardozi details. She complemented her attire with heavy gold accessories from her mother’s own Mameru ceremony.

How beautiful Radhika Looked!


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Cultural Importance

The Mameru and Mosalu ceremonies underscore the importance of maternal relatives in Indian weddings. It reflects the deep-rooted cultural values where family bonds are celebrated and reinforced. This ceremony is a beautiful testament to the love and blessings bestowed upon the bride by her maternal family, ensuring she carries a piece of her maternal home into her new life.

The Mameru ceremony and Mosalu ceremony is a blend of tradition, love, and familial bonds, making it a significant and heartwarming part of Gujarati weddings. It celebrates the bride's journey, adorned with blessings and gifts from the maternal family, symbolising their enduring support and affection.

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