I was recently asked to attend a Hindu wedding ceremony. Having never experienced a non-Christian wedding, I was excited about the event. On the surface, it was very different from other weddings I’ve attended, but the focus on unity and love is all many cultures universally, I think. I want to share my experience.
The ceremony began in the morning with the bride and groom division. The bride’s family and friends gathered in one area, while escorted out with boyfriend and his family and friends. A beautiful and ornate arch was built against a side entrance of the hotel. Everyone gathered around, as the groom has to rituals prepares you for the ceremony. The rituals include some members of the family of the bride and Hindu priest.
After the rituals were performed, we all went through the arch at the hotel. Personally appeared this particular part to play to me as the groom’s family and friends were participating in the ceremony and not just watch.
Then we went to the ballroom where the main ceremony would take place. We sat in rows facing a big stage, which was beautifully decorated, and we had programs that could follow along with the awards. Anyone can be different, so this ceremony is not an example to all the ceremonies, but gives you an idea of what can be.
The Hindu wedding ceremony
The Hindu wedding ceremony is a long and elaborate ceremony, rooted in every step of the Vedic tradition, which means that several aspects of life that continue after the wedding. The indian wedding mandaps london– a stage canopy or marriage – with flowers and a fire starts as a witness decorated Hindu wedding ceremony.
Aagman Var (the bridegroom)
The groom arrives for the wedding with his family and they are welcomed by the family of the bride. The mother of the bride then performs a ritual greeting and leads the groom on the mandap.
Ganesh Puja (worship Lord Ganesh)
The wedding ceremony begins. A prayer to Lord Ganesh Lord Ganesh is worshiped, so you can remove all obstacles to bless the bride and groom.
Kayna Aagman (The arrival of the bride)
The bride is the mother escorted down the aisle to the mandap by her uncle on arrival. Father of the Bride takes her hand and leads to madnap. The bride and groom are separated from antarpat (curtain), which dropped when Maharaj (priest) called a prayer for the couple.
Kanya Daan and Hastamilap (give to the bride)
In the Hindu religion is the Kanya Then do what the widest range of parents of the bride. The Kanya Daan symbolizes the bride in the form of Goddess Laxmi and groom as Lord Narayana. Here the family of the bride is the act of giving.
Jaimala (exchange of garlands)
At this time, the bride and groom exchange garlands of fresh flowers, you accept each other and respect for others commit as a partner in life.
Mangalpheras (Circling the Sacred Fire)
During the Mangalpheras, the couple sacred fire four times surrounded with scarves tied wedding. The brothers of the bride are also called to participate in the ceremony. The four circles symbolize the four basic human goals of Dharma, Artha, Karma and Moksha.
Dharma – Religion and Ethics
Artha – Wealth and Prosperity
Karma – love, fertility and family
Moksha – spiritual liberation and salvation
Saptapadi (seven votes)
The bride and groom seek the blessings of God as taking seven sacred vows together:
1. Let’s respect each other.
2. We will care for one another.
3. We will be together patients.
4. We will be honest and faithful to each other.
5. We are together in grief and happiness.
6. We will make this journey of life with love and harmony to travel.
7. We will do our happy, healthy and strong family.
Kansar Bhakshan (first meal together)
Bhakshan Kansar first meal with the couple. The bride and groom offer Kansar to symbolize their union today. Kansar grated sweet wheat, sugar and ghee is made.
Mangal Sutra, Sindoor (Santo necklace)
The Mangal Sutra sacred black pearl necklace, the groom ties around the neck of the bride becomes. This symbolizes their union. The groom then applies sindoor to fulfill a promise to all your wishes hair center-parting of the bride.
Akhand Saubhagyavati (blessing)
Married women come from the family of the bride and the groom’s family and girlfriend bless whispering “Akhand Saubhagyavati” in his ear, which means “good luck, prosperity and long life, happy.”
Ashrivaad (first blessing as man and woman)
The wedding is complete and Maharaj, along with parents and elders of the bride and groom’s families offer blessings for a long and happy marriage. Double the bride and groom touching the feet of Maharaj and his family elders as a cult form mof in Hindu ceremony known.
Vidai (goodbye to the bride)
The Vidai is one of the most emotional parts of the ceremony. Now that the couple were married, she asks to leave his family. She throws a handful of rice over his shoulder wished her childhood home happiness and prosperity.
What I found most surprising was the ceremony that although all the above steps, the atmosphere of the ceremony remained cheerful and happy. The Hindu priest, joked and while some of the steps, laughed as family and friends laughed and applauded. Although there was a certain feeling of reverence and holiness, everyone had a smile, too. It was a very happy occasion, too.
I am very happy to have the opportunity to attend this event and learn about another culture sacred ceremony. I thought it was very welcoming to non-Hindus, and was glad to participate in the ceremony.