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Ganesh Pujan

Gauri putro ganadhyaksho vighnaharta vinayakah
Vaivahik vidhawam mangalam viddhatunah

Any auspicious event like a marriage always begins with the prayers and offerings to lord Ganesha. Ganesha represents the cosmic intelligence and wisdom. He is the Lord of all new beginnings - the provider of wisdom. His name is invoked at the commencement of all undertakings and is inscribed at the beginning of all literary works and invitations. Ganesh is the keeper of the threshold, the remover of obstacles, master of the mind and son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.



Jayamala

The bride and bridegroom exchange garlands made of fragrant flowers, pledging to love and respect each other. The fragrance of th flowers signifies the fragrance that will envelope the couple throughout their lives.

Kanyadan

In Vedic law, kanyadan is considered to be the highest form of a pious duty performed by the bride’s parents or the maternal uncle. The concept behind kanyadaan is that the bride is a form of the Goddess Laxmi and the groom is the Lord Narayana. The parents are facilitating the union of Goddess Laxmi with Lord Narayana.

Sumuhurtam

The selection of an auspicious day and time - which is determined on the basis of the most propitious configuration of the cosmos for a marriage - signifies that each one of us is an integral part of the entire cosmos, and an integral cosmic law governs us all. Hence auspicious time of marriage is believed to enhance in the life of the newly wed couple.

Mandap

The place of marriage ceremony (mandap), is considered sacred in a Hindu marriage. The mandap represents the entire world where nine poles represent the nine planets. The guardians of the eight quarters of the world that are represented in the nuptial canopy are:

Indra - God of the celestials (East pole)
Agni - Fire God (South east pole)
Yama - God judge of human actions (South pole)
Nivriti - God of death (South west pole)
Varuna - God of water (West pole)
Vayu - God of wind (North west pole)
Kubera - God of the riches (North pole)
Isana - God Shiva (North east pole)

The center pole or Stambha signifies marriage. Vedic ceremonies are performed within the mandap, a symbol of the universe, where the newlyweds are blessed by all the guardians of the world.

Agni

Agne vratapate vratam carisyami
Tatte pravravimi tacchakeyam
Tenaradhyasamidamahamantrat
satyamupaimi svaha

Agni, the ceremonial fire, symbolizes the aspects of purity and sacrifice in life. Vedic ceremonies are traditionally performed near this small fire, which serves as a witness. Fire is believed to have a priestly role and a threefold composition - his nature being the anthropocosmic that is divine, human and earthly at the same time. Agni is Aadhidaivik, aadhyatmic and aadhibhautic. It signifies purification with qualities of heat and light.

Paanigrahan
Paanigrahan literally means accepting the hands. When the groom takes the right hand of the bride in his right hand, he takes her as his wife. The following mantra is recited by the groom while he accepts her hands.

• my beloved! I pledge to look after you throughout life even when you are old

• Apart from looking after you through the whole life, I pledge to perform all the duties appropriate for the head of the family.

• I consider you to be a gift of the lord. I shall look after you faithfully. Live with me happily for the whole life of a hundred years or more along with our entire family.

• You are my better half. We shall obey the commands of God and He shall provide us with a blissful abode.

• Let all the elements f nature, whether fire, the sun, or the earth, as well as the warriors and scholars of the realm help in promoting and protecting our family

• We shall strive for the happiness and prosperity of the family. We shall mutually appreciate the beauty of our inner emotions. I promise not to hide anything from you nor shall I enjoy anything stealthily.

Mangalashtaka
These verses are specially written in a traditional form for the couple, are recited by the priest, as well as the family members of both bride and groom. These verses are often composed by family members and invoke Lord Ganesha, Istdevta (personal deity, Kuldevta (family deity) and ancesters, so that all of them may come and bless the couple.

Saptapadi
Saptapadi - sevenfold vows taken by the bride and bridegroom - one of the most ancient aspects of a Hindu marriage. It is an essential and crucial part of the ceremony that validates a marriage. This sacrament is performed before the homa fire in a wedding hall or temple and is occasioned by elaborate celebration. The Grihya Sutras pronounce, "One step for strength, two steps for vitality, three steps for prosperity, four steps for happiness, five steps for cattle, six steps for seasons, seven steps for friendship. These are the seven mantras that the bride and groom take together around the ceremonial fire.

1. Sharing: We promise to share the duties and welfare of the family. We will respect each other. We will take care of each other’s well being, both material and spiritual.

2. Family Dharma: We will share each other’s joys and sorrows with courage and strength. Together, we will protect and provide for our family.

3. Harmonious Life: We take an oath of trust and loyalty to each other. We believe this will ensure prosperity, joy of life, and longevity. Our great standards of morality will allow us to raise children with noble character.

4. Growth: We will develop a love for beauty, art, literature and will fill each other’s life with the fragrance for human values: love compassion, understanding, sacrifice, and service.

5. Restatement: Let us reconfirm our four vows of purity, love, family, duties, harmony and growth.

6. Spiritual Development: and Social Obligations: We will conduct our lives according to the principles of Dharma. We will perform all acts of righteousness. We will continue the great traditions of our Dharma and pass on these Eternal values to our children. We will ensure the continuation of our great Hindu heritage for the benefit of all humanity.

7. Eternal Bond: Now with these seven steps, we are related as husband and wife and our bond is eternal. Let our love and friendship become eternal. We have accepted each other in the presence of God, our ancestors, our parents, our relatives and friends; we will abide by our Vedic scriptures.

Let us assure each other of our unflinching love. Let our thoughts, decisions and actions be one and in unison. Let us be kind, loving, considerate, good and open hearted to each other. Let us share our material and spiritual wealth. Let us become as complimentary to each other as thought and speech are to each other.



 

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