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Hindu Vivah

The meaning of Sanskrit word Vivah originated from three root sounds vi + vah + ghai which means “a very special dedication,and word swayamvara consists of two words Swayam and Vara which means self and choice or desire.

Marriage is not a celebration of a ceremony and not all about exchange of rings or garlands.  It’s all about a process of promising each other for leading a conjugal life. This is the institution whereby men and women are joined in a special kind of social and legal relationship for the purpose of founding and maintaining a family. In the Hindu rite of marriage, when the bridegroom holds the hand of the bride, he in a way promises his companionship on equal terms.

Examples of Swayamvara: There are many examples of swayamvara and the Ramayana records that the God Ram himself won Sita in a swayamvara.Even as late as the 7th century King Ramchand of Kanauji held a swayamvara for his daughter Sanyogita. This girl in reality loved the enemy of her father Prithviraj Chauhan. During the swayamvara the princess garlanded a statute of Prithviraj to the chagrin of all the contestants. Prithviraj who was hiding nearby now appeared and carried of the princess on his horse.

The Hindu religion is the third largest religion in the world, weddings are very sacred, therefore a wedding ceremony takes a lot of time and effort and it is composed of different rituals and ceremonies. Hindu marriages are arranged by parents.Parents choose companions who are best suited to their children by observing personal

The need of the marriage: Wife and husband are the two wheels of the life chariot.  No one is superior to each other.  Once they are married, they are not just two individuals, they are couple. The primary witness of a Hindu marriage is the fire-deity Agni, and by law and tradition, no Hindu marriage is deemed complete unless seven encirclements have been made around Sacred Holy Fire, by the bride and the groom together. The process of marriage largely packed with vedic mantras,s more of promises and faiths reposed on each other in the holy presence of Agni (fire).

The process of Hindu marriage:

Mangalasuta(Mangalsutra) Dharana: Mangalya means that which gives good things and Dharanam means "wearing". This is one of the most important events of a hindu marriage. The groom ties the mangalasutram, a sacred necklace with the mangalyam around the bride's neck. The sacred necklace symbolizes commitment, safety and security offered to the bride by the groom as he asks her to share in a long and happy married life with him.

Homam (Holy fir and 7 fera): The holy fire, a great protection against evil, is believed to be a messenger and mediator between God and human. The bride and groom pledge and declare to all those present that they have accepted one another voluntarily. They holding each other's hands, and takes seven steps,

1.Together, we will acquire energy to share responsibilities of our married life.

2.Together,we will fill our hearts  with strenght and courage to accmplish all the needs of our life.

3.Together,we will prosper and share our worldly goods and will work for prosperity of our family.

4.Together, we will chesrish each other in happiness and in sorrow.

5.Together,we will raise dtromg and virtuous children.

6.Together, we will fill our heartswith great joy, peace , happiness and spiritual values.

7.Together, we will remain lifelong patners in the matrimony.

The following prayers by the groom:

Hey Goddess Lakshmi, you are blessed with all the luck, riches and food and so we who have held our hands today, hope to get riches and pleasures by your blessings. I announce this loudly in front of all so that you will definitely bless me. Hey maid, I am holding your hand so that you will have several good children and live happily with me till ripe old age.Hey Maid, Let Vayu (god of wind) who has the capacity to travel in all directions, who keeps a gold coin in his hand to give to those who pray him and who is the friend of fire God (Agni) who has the capacity to purify everything as well as the capacity to make raw food eatable, enter your mind and make you love me for every minute of our future lives.

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