Well this is only as per the rituals of the Sindhi ceremony of Godh Bharai or Baby Shower, a yet another diverse way in the world, of celebrating the universals joys of motherhood. Cultures across the world celebrate birth in unique ways, and the Sindhi way of celebrating it, is indeed unique! Bharat Takhtani is a Sindhi and Esha Deol celebrated it first following her husband family rituals.
Bharat Takhtani & Esha Deol were dressed in their wedding finery and took 3 pheras around the sacred fire. Jaya Bachchan, Rashmi Thackeray, Dimple Kapadia too graced the auspicious ceremony.
Designer Neeta Lulla designed special outfits for the occasion, as being a Sindhi herself understood all the rituals involved. (Incidentally she had also designed Esha Deol’s costumes for her debut film and her wedding too!)
The Godh Bharai ritual was done with the Panditji invoking the prayers for the well being of the child and mother, followed by the family members applying oil & Kumkum on the forehead of the pregnant mother & her husband Bharat Takhtani. The mom-to-be was showered with blessing as the arrival of the baby is considered sacred and auspicious.
Official biographer of Hema Malini- Beyond The Dreamgirl, Ram Kamal Mukherjee, who was invited at the family function says, “Hemaji wore a kanjeevaram which she wanted to wear at Esha’s wedding. But somehow she couldn’t because Neeta Lulla had designed her outfit for Esha wedding five years ago. Today at Esha’s Sindhi wedding she remembered that saree and wore it.”
He added “Chappan bhog was served after the ritual. Hema Malini Jaya Bachchan did the “Tel Kumkum” ritual with Esha and Bharat.
The beliefs and ritual surrounding the important rite of passage varies from culture to culture and moreover in India for its sheer diversity, incidentally it is also known as ‘VALAKAAPU’in Tamil Nadu, so will Esha Deol mother Hema Malini too will celebrate the special Mom-to-be ceremony the southern way next?