In Hinduism, rice holds great spiritual and ritual significance. It constitutes an essential staple diet. Because of its basic life-sustaining attributes, rice is appreciated as a potent symbol of auspiciousness, prosperity, and fertility. Hence, it’s not a surprise to find rice being extensively used in Hindu rites and rituals.
According to Hindu beliefs, a bride is considered to be an incarnation of the Goddess of Prosperity, Lakshmi. During the wedding ceremony, rice is often sprinkled over the newlyweds to bless them with a prosperous married life. Rice, considered pious, supposedly fends off demons, hence it is poured into the wedding fire by the bride and bridegroom.