This is the first step to the wedding in Jain culture. Lagana Lekhan is a puja that is held at the bride’s house to decide the date and time for the wedding by the priest. The date and time is then sent to the groom’s house. This ceremony is marked by reading out a letter by the priest at the residence of the groom. This takes place after the Vinayakyantra puja is performed by the groom. Sagai or engagement ceremony takes place at the groom’s house, where first a puja is conducted. The bride’s brother applies tika on the groom’s forehead and offers gifts and money. The Lagan Patrika Vachan takes place after the Sagai ceremony.
Tilak Ceremony is reckoned as the first step to the bond between the two families. This auspicious event takes place mostly in the groom’s residence, where the male members of the bride’s family visit to put Kumkum or vermilion on his forehead. Though there are many versions of Tilak ceremony in different parts of the state, the one mentioned one is commonly witnessed. Apart from this, music and dance is also a major part of this ceremony in many states of the country. Roka ceremony is considered to be the first step towards the marriage. It is like an official announcement of the consent of both the bride and the groom to get married to each other. In this ceremony, the families of two sides gather for the first time and exchange sweets, gifts and dry fruits with each other. In some traditions, a puja is performed by the priest.