Kanyādāna ("gift of a maiden") is a Hindu wedding ritual. and the origin of this tradition is yet to be established . There are different interpretations regarding kanyādān across India (South Asia).
The word 'kanyādana' is made of two parts, 'kanyā' meaning unmarried girl and 'dāna' meaning 'charity' or 'to give away'.
Of all dānas, annadāna (provide food) is considered supreme from the perspective of the receiver, as food is needed for survival.
From perspective of the giver (in this case the girl's father), kanyādāna is considered supreme because you give away what you love the most - your own daughter - to another family.
In communities where kanyādāna is performed as part of the actual wedding, the ritual is carried out through a variety of kanyādāna songs. These songs may include the parents lamenting the loss of their daughter, as well as regretting their economic sacrifice for the wedding. Other songs focus on the groom, for example comparing him to the "ideal groom", the god Rama, in the epic Ramayana. Importantly, the kanyādān ritual occurs right before the Sindoor ritual (sindurdan).
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