Indian Weddings are a grand affair and comprises of many rituals. These rituals are performed in the presence of pundit and he is the one who directs the families how all rituals are to be performed. Pundit plays a crucial role as a wedding cannot happen without him. Right from finding the auspicious day for wedding to finalizing the wedding cards to the bidai, the pundit is there as the emissary of god and goddesses. He recites all the hymns and mantras which are necessary for the wedding. The recitation of these is considered auspicious and the presence of the pundit is itself an auspicious thing. Indian Weddings are supposed to be witnessed and presided by gods and goddesses and pundit is believed to be the purest soul with all the knowledge of Vedas who appeases Gods by various offerings and mantras so that the wedding goes on without any hindrance.
The whole process of wedding begins with a Pundit; he is the one who matches the horoscopes of bride and groom and then decides an auspicious day for the wedding to happen. He initiates all the ceremonies and also tells everything to the families. Indians believe in Mahurat and every ritual is performed according to the Mahurat fixed by the pundit. No one except him has the knowledge to tell about the various rituals. Even the family asks for the advice of Pundit before taking any decision. The importance of him can be seen in daily lives too when people visit temples and give their offerings to the gods and goddesses through him. It is he who is considered the intermediate between gods and human beings. He excels in the knowledge of Vedas and that sets him apart from the crowd. The origin is also important as the one who is born to Pundit family can become a pundit and not the others. The pundit requires to have a sound knowledge of Sanskrit too as almost all mantras are in this language.
It is the he who submits the wedding cards to gods and goddesses and then these are sent out to the guests. When the wedding ceremony takes place pundit prepares the vedi or the holy place where the Pheras would take place and performs all the rituals for a wedding. He explains the meaning of marriage to the bride and groom and all the family members. The responsibilities and duties that come after when gets married is also explained and is seriously listened too. A pundit is given clothes and money that is called Dakshina and it is believed that if the pundit is satisfied gods too are satisfied. Even the most modern families perform the wedding ceremony and cannot think of abstaining from the directions given by the pundit. The presence of a pundit is essential for all rituals and pujas related to Wedding, child birth, new house, engagements and even death. The society cannot think of surviving without him. Their presence and existence is important for sustaining the one cannot imagine an Indian society without them. Puja is not perfect unless performed by a pundit