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The two main sects of Jainism differ somewhat in the marriage traditions they follow. According to Shwetambars, there are sixteen main rites in a marriage ceremony, which are – Matrkasthapana, Saptakulakarasthapana, Varaghodano Santimantra, Hastamelapa, Agnisthapana, Homa, Prathamabhisheka, Gotroccara, Mandapavedipratistha, Toranapratishtha, Agnipradaksina, Kanyadana, Vasaksepa,Dvitiyabhiseka, Karamocana, and Asirvada.
The Digambaras have a total of twenty prescribes rituals for their marriage ceremony – Vagdana, Vinayakvidhana, Kankanabandhana, Grhasamskara, Toranavidhi, Vivahavidhi, Parasparamukhavalokana, Varamala, Varapratijna, Kanyadana, Devasastragurupuja, Homahuti, Granthibandhana, Panigrahana, Saptapadi, Punyahavachana, Santimantra, Asirvada, Svagrhagamana and Jinagrhe Dhanarpana.
The Swetambar Jains are concentrated mainly in North India – Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh while the Digambaras communities are mainly found in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Hence, the marriage rituals in Shwetambara Jains are mostly influenced by Hindu weddings rituals in North India and the wedding rituals of the Digambaras are influenced by that of South and Western India.