An Arya Samaj Shaadi
The rituals begin..
Madhupark se satkaar:
The welcoming of the groom by the bride and the traditional offer of water for ablutions.
Thread Ceremony and Yagna:
The groom wears a sacred thread. The yagna begins. It symbolises worshipping an element of nature, fire. At the end of the yagna, alms are given away.
Kanya Dhaan literally means `giving away the girl.` The parents of the bride must give their daughter away to her new family.
The groom holds the bride`s hand and together, they take their wedding vows. The couple walk around the fire at the end of this ceremony.
The brother of the bride places her foot on a stone, while the groom recites mantras. He prays that their marriage be as firm and steady as the rock on which he has placed his sister`s foot.
The couple go around the sacred fire four times during this ceremony. The bride prays for the health of her husband and for a healthy, happy marital relationship with him. The groom makes a promise towards the end of the ceremony. He promises to be reverential and respectful towards all women.
This ritual involves the groom undoing his bride`s hair gently and letting it cascade down freely to signify that he will never hurt her.
The ends of the bride`s sari and the groom`s shawl are tied together. The saptapadikriya or seven steps taken by the couple signify their seven needs: nourishment, strength, wealth obtained through honest means, good health, progeny, good luck and a loving relationship.
The couple worship the Sun.
The couple touch each other`s hearts and promise to be tender-hearted and gentle with each other.
The groom fills the parting on the bride`s head with sindoor or vermilion.
The newly-weds view the Dhruv or the Pole Star. The Pole Star is important as it symbolises constancy - a virtue that`s important in every marriage. They also view two stars of the Great Bear constellation - Arundhati and Vasisht. These stars, never viewed separately, symbolise togetherness.