Ragis perform kirtan
(the singing of hymns from Sri Guru Granth Sahib) as people begin to enter
the Gurdwara for the beginning of the ceremony. This is when the bride
makes here first public appearance of the day. Men and women sit on opposite
sides of the Gurdwara hall at equal distances from Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
Non Sikh male and female visitors and guests can usually sit together
if they wish.
The sounds of kirtan
are heard as people enter and pay their
respects before Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
The groom and his parents
enter and he presents a cash offering as well as a rumala, a new silk
covering for Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
The groom sits before
Sri Guru Granth Sahib and listens to kirtan as he awaits the bride's arrival.
The bride and her family
enter the Gurdwara.
The bride sits down
beside the groom and waits as people continue to arrive.
The granthi (caretaker
of the Granth Sahib) sits in attendance of
Sri Guru Granth Sahib, which is covered when not being read.