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  • Hindu Marriage Rituals

    By: Palak Gupta | In: Hindu Marriages | Last Updated: 2010-06-08
    Marriage is considered to be a sanctified bond. The couples are believed to be chosen by god in the heaven itself. The marriage ceremony especially in case of Hindu weddings is an elaborate affair. Both the boy and the girl who are going to tie the knot have to follow intense rituals on and before the wedding take place.

    The couple has to take various pledges before they are pronounced to be a married couple. Knowing your rituals help you understand their importance. So, here we present you the 13th main rituals that are followed by the bride and the bridegroom.

    Vara Satkaarah
    Vara' means bridegroom and Satkaarah' means their reception. So, according to this ritual the bride's relatives have to receive or welcome the bridegroom and his relatives at the entry of the wedding menu. The bridegroom is blessed by the bride's mother and is applied a tilak. Meanwhile, the priests continue to chant the holy mantras.

    Madhuparka Ceremony
    The next ritual is to receive the bridegroom on the stage. At this time the father of the bride gives various gifts to the bridegroom and his family members.

    Kanya Dan
    Daughter is given away to the bridegroom by the bride's father. The ceremony takes place along with chanting of various mantras.

    Vivah-Homa
    It is holy fire ceremony that establishes that all important occasions start in a spiritual atmosphere.

    Pani-Grahan
    According to this, the bride's right hand is kept in left hand of the bridegroom. While chanting some mantras the bridegroom accepts the bride as his wife.

    Pratigna-Karan
    The bride and the bridegroom walk around the holy fire taking vows of loyalty, life-long fidelity and never ending love.

    Shila Arohan
    The bride steps on a stone slab with the help of her mother. This indicates the movement of the girl's life to the next stage.

    Laja-Homah
    The bride and the bridegroom offer rice to the holy fire by keeping their hands in each other's hands.

    Saptapadi
    The scarf of the groom is tied to the dress of the bride in a tight knot.

    Parikrama or Pradakshina or Mangal Fera
    This is commonly known as the seven pheras'. The couple has to take seven rounds of the holy fire along with the mantras chanted by the priest. This according to the Hindu Marriage Act legalizes the marriage.

    Abhishek
    Water is sprinkled while meditating on the pole star and the sun.

    Anna Praashan
    Food is offered by the couple into the holy fire and then to each other.

    Aashirvadah
    Blessings of the elders are garnered by the couple.

    These ceremonies are duly followed by the Hindus so as to attain marital bliss for the couple. Our write up must have enlightened you on the 13th essential rituals to be followed in the Hindu wedding.

    The next ritual is to receive the bridegroom on the stage. At this time the father of the bride gives various gifts to the bridegroom and his family members.
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