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The Hindu Marriage Ceremony



Introduction - Chapter 1


Hinduism is not a religion in the sense Christianity or Islam is. Hinduism is a way of life. Thousands of year ago Samskaras or sacraments were instituted by Hinduism to bring sanctity and stability to the lives of the individuals and to integrate their personalities with the society they were born in. The ancient seers and sages, gifted with light and resource, tried to transform the crude animal into a refined man with the help of the Samskars. As in Philosophy so in rituals, life is regarded as a cycle. From birth to death a Hindu person undergoes 16 Samskaras; and marriage is one of the most important among them.


Manu, the great sage enjoins, ‘Having spent the first quarter of one’s life in the house of the preceptor, the second quarter in one’s own house with the wife, and the third in the forest, one should take Sannyas in the fourth quarter, casting away every worldly tie.’
The sacrament of marriage impresses upon a person that earthly life is not to be despised; rather it should be consciously accepted and elevated to the level of a spiritual existence. This is the rich, noble heritage of Hindu ethos.
Thousands of Hindu families are settled outside India all over the world. They have strong ties with the Hindu culture and way of life, and feel that should, on such important occasions of life like marriage, avail themselves of the rich, noble heritage of Hindu thought. They like to perform the Samskara in the traditional Hindu way.
However, even those who are staying in India, know little Sanskrit. No wonder those who are not born in India, find it unfamiliar. For their convenience, Jnana Prabodhini has translated the rites into English. Similar English versions of Namakaran (naming ceremony ), Upanayana (thread ceremony ), Ganesha Pooja, Satyanarayana Pooja, are also available. Receptions are usually arranged to celebrate the joy of wedding. Gatherings of near and dear ones most certainly enhance the pleasure of the occasion. However, Hindu marriage ceremony is a sacred vow, an ennobling Samskara and it is advisable that the rites may be performed in the presence of a limited number, in a serene, quiet atmosphere and the other celebrations follow later.
Punyahavachan (calling the day auspicious), Sankalpa (expressing the desire to marry), Mangalsutrabandhana (adorning bride’s neck with the auspicious necklace, Panigrahan (receiving hands), Agnisaksha Pratijna (pledge before the fire), Lajahoma (sacrificing popped rice), Parikraman (perambulating the holy fire), Shilarohan (ascending the stone), Saptapadi (walking seven steps together) and Karmasamapti (concluding ceremony) are supposed to be the essential rites in marriage. Nakshatradarshan [soliciting the blessings of seven sages (stars) and Dhruva (pole star)], Griha Pravesh (the bride enters the in-laws’ house, and Lakshmipoojan are optional rites.

The whole content of marriage ceremony is rich with noblest thoughts. In Hindu tradition, marriage is not just a contract between two individuals. It is a union of two souls for their own betterment, for the betterment of their progeny, of their relations and the society at large. Grihasthashrama (life of the householder) is supposed to be the backbone of the society. It shelters all other Ashramas-phases of life. Ashramas and Purusharthas form the fabric of Hindu life.


Purusharthas are major goals to be attained in the life span for the attainment of Dharma (righteous life), Artha (material resources), Kama (fulfillment of natural desires), marriage is instrumental. Moksha (self-realization) is an individual pursuit,
Any gentleman or lady of good character belonging to any caste or creed can conduct the ceremony as a priest or a priestess.
We hope that this English version of the Hindu marriage ceremony may give insight into the Hindu values to those who participate in it. The beauty and sublimity with which our forefathers formulated it are unmatched.
With all the best wishes to those who are entering this noble phase of life-

Requirements for the marriage ceremony - Chapter Two




  1. Kumkum and Turmeric powder (Haladi)

  2. Rangoli

  3. Incense – Agarbattis

  4. Wooden seats (if available) – 8

  5. Metal Urns – 2, Metal glasses – 4, Metal bowls (small) – 4,

Metal dishes – 2, Big metal bowl – 1, Spoons – 4

  1. Oil lamps for Aarati – 2

  2. Garlands – 2

  3. Mangalasutra – Necklace with black beads

  4. Gold chain or a gift for the bridegroom

  5. Grinding stone or any soft square or round flat stone

  6. Electricheater or a similar arrangement for a Homa

  7. Darbha (dry grass), Samidhas (dry wood) about 25 pieces
If possible, a few pieces of sandle-wood

  1. Coconuts – 3

  2. A Kalash – copper pitcher filled with water, decorated with

Mango or similar leaves and topped with a coconut.

  1. Rice grains (Akshata) mixed with slight Kumkum.

  2. Antarpat – The holy piece of cloth to be held between the

Bride and bridegroom before Muhurta.

(Except new-moon day and eclipse, all days are considered auspicious by the Shastras.)

The place of the marriage should be decorated. The sitting arrangement should be as shown in the diagram below. The relatives of the bride and bridegroom are requested to sit quietly at the assigned seats and participate in the ceremony whole-heartedly. They have a role to play in the ceremony.

ASIF PL REFER TO PG 4 OF THE BOOK FOR SOME DRAWINGS

Proposal of Marriage - Chapter 3



Priest : I welcome you all to this marriage ceremony. Let us commence it with the worship of Shri Ganesh who brings success to all endeavors.
Priest and the Participants :
O god with the curved trunk, with the huge body, shining like millions of suns, make all my undertakings always obstacles.
Om. Gam. I bow to Ganapati. We think of the one-toothed one, we meditate on the one with a curved trunk. May the tusked one, therefore, inspire us.

Priest : ( To the bride, bridegroom and their parents) Please wear the Pavitrakas (rings of metal or grass) in your third finger. Take a spoonful of water from the glass holding the spoon in the left hand, pour it on the plant of your right hand and sip it.

This is Achamana. With every Achamana, say with me :


Priest and the Participants :
Om. Obeisance to Keshava.

Om. Obeisance to Narayana.

Om. Obeisance to Madhava.

Om. Obeisance to Govind.


Priest : Do Pranayama (deep breathing) and meditate upon God and seek his blessings (Let the water pass from the right palm) (Udaka).
Now let us make the marriage proposal.
Priest and after him, the bride, bridegroom, and their parents :
On this earth, in the ….. Continent /…..town /…...village, today, in the year….. in the month of …..on…..day, under the…..constellation of stars,
Bridegroom :
I, through this marriage enter the second phase of my life, i.e. householder’s life, in order to attain Dharma – righteous life, Artha – material resources, and Kama – fulfillment of natural desires.
Priests and relations :
Let the ceremony be accomplished.
Priest, the bride and bridegroom :
I pray Shri Ganesh and the family deity, and seek their blessings. I also request the senior relations to bless us on this occasion so that our married life would bring prosperity to us.

Priest, bride and bridegroom :
Priest : O Shri Ganesh, the god of gods, the learned among the learners of incomparable fame and glory, and the protector of our inspired mantras. We entreat you to come and reside in our home.
Priest, bride and bridegroom :
Priest : O Shri Ganesh, let this wedding ceremony be free of all obstacles.
Priest, bride and bridegroom :
Priest : O family deities, we bow before you again and again. Kindly bless this auspicious occasion.

Soliciting blessings of the elders - Chapter 4




Priest and parents of the groom :

My son whose name is ……….


Priest and the groom :

I, ………. (name)


Priest and parents of the bride :

My daughter whose name is ………..



Priest and the bride :

I, ……….. (name)



Priest, bride, bridegroom and parents :

We are performing the marriage ceremony. Kindly bless us and wish supreme happiness for us.


Priest and the relations :

Let this day be auspicious for your marriage.


Priest, bride, groom and parents :

We are performing the marriage ceremony. Kindly bless us and speak out the beatitudes.


Priest and the relations : Let this ceremony bring the best to you.
Priest, bride, groom and parents :
We are performing the marriage ceremony. Kindly bless us that may this ceremony be fruitful in every sense.
Priest and the Relations : Let this marriage be fruitful in every sense.
(Now the bride and bridegroom are given new clothes and ornaments. They are garlanded. Parents of the bride and groom greet each other. The bride and the groom and their parents are given Madhuparka, i.e. fruit salad with honey, yogurt, ghee and milk.)

Handing over the daughter - Chapter 5



Priest and the parents of the bride :

Friends, in your noble presence, I offer my daughter to Shri ……..


Priest and the relations :

Be it so.



Priest : I request the bride and her parents and the groom and his parents to stand up. (The groom holds the bride’s palms together over his palms all facing up. Then the bride’s mother pours water on the palms and the bride’s father says -)

Priest and Bride’s father :
To you, Shri ……’s great-grandson, Shri …….’s grandson, Shri ……’s son, the groom named ……. I offer this bride named …….great-grand-daughter of ………grand-daughter of ……..daughter of me ………..for the achievement of Dharma (merit), Artha (Worldly prosperity) and Kama (conjugal love) by accepting her as your mistress.
Priest and the groom :

(Groom touches right shoulder of the bride.)


Bridegroom : Yes, I accept her as my wife.

(The bride whose parents or near relations are not present at the time of the marriage could say the following--)


Priest and the bride :
Shri……’s great-grandson, Shri……’s grandson, Shri……..’ son, O young man called …….., Shri …….’great-grand-daughter, Shri ……’s grand-daughter, Shri…….’daughter, I named………select you as my husband. Accept me as your wife.
Priest and the bridegroom :
You gave me my beloved. However, who bestowed this grace upon whom? Love gave it to love. Love gives and love receives. My dearest, enter this fathomless sea of love. I accept you with love. O God of love, the world belongs to you. O my beloved, you are a shower of love. May sky offer you and may earth accept you.
Groom : I accept you as my wife.
Priest : Friends, in your presence, the groom and the bride have accepted each other. Now let us give blessings to this newly wedded couple.
Relations : O bride and bridegroom, you have accepted each other as wife and husband. May your family life be for the good of your people and for the society at large. We bless you in every way.
Priest and the bride :

In the pursuit of righteous life, material resources and natural desires, O dear, take a vow that you will be faithful to me.


Priest and the groom :

My dear, in pursuing righteous life, material resources and natural desires, I will ever be faithful to you.




Priest and thee bride : Please take the vow once again.

My dearest, in the pursuit of righteous life, material resources and natural desires, assure me that you will be faithful to me.


Priest and the groom :

My dear, in the pursuit of righteous life, material resources and natural desires, I assure you once again that I will ever be faithful to you.


Priest and the bride :

My dearest, I am grateful to you. However to confirm what you say, please repeat the vow the third time.


My dear, in the pursuit of righteous life, material resources and natural desires, reassure me the third time that you will be faithful to me.
Priest and the groom :
O beloved, in the pursuit of righteous life, material resources and natural desires I will ever be faithful to you.

Bride : I am overwhelmed with love. I too will be faithful to you. I will be devoted to you as Seeta was to ShreeRam. I will protect you as Savitri protected Satyawan; and I will accompany you in all your endeavors as Arundhati accompanied Vasishtha.

Expressing expectations from married life - Chapter 6

(for every wish the rice grains – Akshata – are showered.)


Priest and the bride :

May my desire for glory be fulfilled. (Sprinkles rice grains.)


Priest and the groom :

Be it so.


Priest and the groom :

May my desires for sacrifice be fulfilled.



Priest and the bride :

Be it so.


Priest and the bride :

May my desires for prosperity be fulfilled.



Priest and the groom :

Be it so.


Priest and the groom :

May my desires for righteous life be fulfilled.


Priest and the bride :

Be it so.


Priest and the bride :

May my desires for progeny be fulfilled.


Priest and the groom :

Your desire will be fulfilled.


Priest and the groom :

May my desires for success be fulfilled.


Priest and the bride :

Be it so.


Priest : Friends. Let us now bless the young couple.
Priest and relations :

O bride and bridegroom, all your expectations of married life will be happily fulfilled. May God bless you.


Adorning bride’s neck with Mangalasutra - Chapter 7



The auspicious ornament
Priest : O groom, please adorn the bride with Mangalasutra. O bride, Please put this golden necklace around the neck of the groom.
Priest and the bridegroom :
I put this auspicious ornament around your neck as a symbol of good luck, love and friendship. I hope you like it.
Priest and the bride :
It is beautiful. Please let me put this golden necklace around your neck which, too is a symbol of good luck, love and friendship.
Groom : the necklace is lovely. I appreciate your gift.
(The bridegroom applies kumkum on the forehead of the bride. The bride applies chandan tilak on the forehead of the groom.)

Receiving the hand
Priest : (To the couple) Please join your right hands.
Priest and the groom :
O Bride ! I accept this hand of yours for it will bring me good fortune. Be with me till we get old. You have been given to me by Gods like Bhaga, Aryama, Sun and Purandhi, so that I may perform the duties of the householder in the right manner.


The sacrifice for marriage ceremony - Chapter 8
Priest : In Hindu tradition marriage is a sacred pledge, and not just a contract. You have taken the pledge. Now please repeat it in the presence of the holy fire.
(The priest enkindles the fire on the altar. The couple sits by the altar. A stone is kept to the west, an urn filled with water is to the northeast and 4 kusha grass blades ( Darbhas ) are spread to the north of the fire. On them, two small metal bowls and an urn containing ghee are kept. One is to be filled with water and the other with ghee already melted on fire.)

Priest and the bridegroom :
Here I install the fire called Yojaka.
Priest : Take two Darbhas, dip them in the water in the small bowl and sprinkle that water on the bowl of ghee and on all other things near the alter. This is a purifying gesture. Now all the material brought for sacrifice has been purified. Keep the Darbhas in your hand.
Priest and the groom :

O sacred fire, your family comes from the sage Shandilya, your banner bears the sign of Aries. Please grace me.


Priest : Offer the Pavitrak of the Darbhas to the holy fire.
Priest and the groom : (After having offered the Darbhas)
This is offered to Skanda, the heroic deity. This now belongs to Skanda and not to

me.
O fire, this fuel is your very self. Blaze up with all your radiance. Let our progeny, wealth and glory increase with your blessings. Let us have abundant harvests and monsoons. We offer this fuel to you. Now this belongs to the wealth-bestower fire and not to me.


Priest : Take the ghee container in your hand and offer the ghee to the fire. Let the flames come out freely.

Now give the oblations one by one.


Priest and the bridegroom : ( Offering a spoonful of ghee )
This is offered to Prajapati- god of creation. This belongs to him and not to me.

This is offered to the sacred fire. This belongs to the holy fire, not to me.

This is offered to Soma. This belongs to Soma, not to me. (Offers ghee to the south of the fire.)


Main Sacrifice - Chapter 9
Priest and the bridegroom :
O fire, you purify the course of life. Give us abundant harvests and joys on the earth. Keep our adversaries away from us, destroy them. This belongs to the fire that purifies, and not to me.
Priest and the bridegroom :
May Agni, the foremost of gods, come here. May he protect my progeny from the clutches of death. May Varuna, the god of showers, grace us. Save her from the sorrow of parting with her sons. I offer this to the fire called Garhapatya. It belongs to that fire, and not to me.
Priest and the bridegroom :
May the fire called Garhapatya \ protect my wife. May he give long life to her sons and daughters. Let her see her sons and grandsons happy, healthy and prosperous. This belongs to the fire called Garhapatya, not to me.
Priest and the groom :
O fire, glowing with the spirit of the self, you are the controller of the existence. Tour secret name is Vaishwanara. The couples greet you like a friend and offer you the sweet milk of the cow. You make the husband and wife think and feel harmoniously. This belongs to the holy fire, and not to me.

Sacrifice of popped rice, being wedded to each other And ascending the stone

Priest : Now, please stand up. The bride will join her palms. The groom will take a spoonful of ghee and pour it on her palms. Then he will take a handful of popped rice twice and put them on the palms of the bride. Again, he will pour a spoonful of ghee on it. Then he will hold the bride’s palms in his, and offer the popped rice in the fire.
Priest and the bridegroom :

My wife has worshipped the fire called Aryaman. He may guide her to develop the same amount of affinity to her in laws as she has for her parents and may further strengthen her ties with the in laws. This belongs to the holy fire called Aryaman and not to me.


Priest : O groom, please hold the hand of the bride and take a round around the fire and the water pitcher (Kalasha).
Priest and the groom :
Groom : I am the Purusha. You are the Prakriti that binds me. I am the sky, you are the earth. I am a song of the Samaveda, and you are the Rik, the Rigvedic verse. Let us make a loving family. Let us bring up our progeny and live a joyful life of a hundred years.

Priest and the groom : (to the bride)
O bride, ascend this stone. Be firm like this stone. Make your enemies prostrate on the ground. Defeat them one and all.
Priest : Go to your former place once again and offer the oblation of popped rice as you have offered earlier.
Priest and the groom : (After the oblation)
My wife has worshipped the fire called Varuna. He may guide her to develop the same amount of affinity to her in laws as she has for her parents and may further strengthen her ties with the in laws. This belongs to Varuna and the sacred fire and not to me.
Priest and the groom :
Groom : I am the Purusha. You are the Prakriti that binds me. I am the sky, you are the earth. I am a song of the Samaveda, you are a Rik a couplet of the Rigveda. Let us live together lovingly, bring up our progeny. Let us lead a joyful life of a hundred years.

(to the bride-) O bride, ascend this stone. Be firm like this stone. Let the enemies prostrate before you. Defeat them one and all.


Priest : Now come back to your former place. Give an oblation of popped rice as you did twice.
Priest and the groom :
My wife has worshipped the fire called Pooshan. He may guide her to develop the same amount of affinity to her in laws as she has for her parents and may further strengthen her ties with the in laws. I offer the oblations. It belongs to God Pooshan, not to me.
Priest : (To the groom) Hold the right hand of the bride and take a round around the altar and say-
Groom : I am the Purusha. You are the Prakriti that binds me. I am the sky, you are the earth. I am a song of the Samaveda, you are a Rik, a couplet of the Rigveda. Let us make a loving family, let us being up our progeny and live a joyful life of a hundred years.
O bride, ascend this stone. Be firm like this stone. Let your enemies prostrate before you and defeat them one and all.
Priest : Now offer the rest of the popped rice in the fire.
Priest and groom :

I offer this to Prajapati – the god of creation. This belongs to him and not to me.



Walking seven steps together - Chapter 10
(The groom holds the left hand of the bride in his right hand and takes seven steps in the south-east direction. The right foot first and then the left foot to be joined with the right, then chanting of the mantras and proceeding further. This is the way Saptapadi is performed. There should be a distance of 1.5 to 2 feet between two steps. A handful of

rice grains is kept at every step-making a small heap. The bride and groom are to put their feet on them.)


Priest and the groom :

O my dear, we have stared on the course of a householder’s life. Let us walk together.

O my beloved, walk one step with me for getting our livelihood. Please follow me.
Priest and the relations :

Dear ones, you have walked one step together. May you support each other in the journey of life.


Priest and the groom :

O my beloved, walk with me the second step for attaining strength. Please follow me.


Priest and the relations :

Dear ones, you have walked two steps together. May peace and harmony prevail in your life.


Priest and the groom :

O my dear, walk with me the third step for getting wealth and prosperity. Please follow me.


Priest and the relations :

Dear ones, you have walked three steps together. Your love may help both of you blossom in your life together.


Priest and the groom :

O my dear, for pleasure and happiness walk with me the fourth step. Please follow me.


Priest and the relations :

Dear ones, you have walked four steps together. The ties of your love have grown stronger. May the course of life become smoother for you because of your love.




Priest and the bridegroom :

O my beloved, walk with the fifth step for progeny, enough and long-living.


Priest and the relations :

Dear ones, you have walked five steps together. May your love grow stronger and mutually satisfying.


Priest and the groom :

My darling, walk with me the sixth step for the joys of all seasons.


Priest and the relations :

Dear ones, you have walked six steps together. May your lives be woven together in an excellent fabric.


Priest and the groom :

O my dearest, walk with me the seventh step for the ever-lasting friendship.


Priest and the relations :

O bride and bridegroom, you have walked seven steps together. Let your lives be one, one soul residing in two bodies. May God bless you.



The latter part of the sacrifice
Priest and the groom :
If there are any flaws in this sacrifice, may the fire called Swishtakrit forgive me. The fire that brings about all the sacrifices in the right way and gives fruits to everyone may accept my humble oblations.
This belongs to the fire called Swishtakrit, and not to me.
Priest : Offer the rest of the ghee, spoon by spoon, in the fire.
Priest and the groom :
I offer oblations to all the deities in the world. This belongs to them, not to me.
Priest : Hold the large bowl of water in hands and perambulate the fire anticlockwise. Keep the container – Praneetapatra – near the altar.
Priest and the groom :

O god of water, you are perfect. Remain perfect for me. (Make my deeds perfect.) You are supremely perfect. Please be supremely perfect for me. You are omnipotent. Be my life itself. You are eternal. Remain eternal for me.


Priest : Sprinkle the water from the Praneetapatra in all the directions and above, also on your own head, on the head of the bride. Take a little holy ash from the fire with the end of the spoon and apply it to your own forehead and that of your wife.


The Completion Prayer - Chapter 11
Priest : Now we will offer the completion prayer.
Priest, bride and bridegroom :
O god in the form of the Yajna. We offer you all our consents and words. We humbly bow at your feet. If we have offered something less to you. Or something superfluous to you, forgive us for that. Give us faith, knowledge, intelligence, strength, wealth, health and a long life.

Blessing the couple by sprinkling holy water
Priest : Dear friends, let us sprinkle the holy water from Yajna on the newly-weeded couple and bless them.
With the inspiration of the god Savita, with the arms of the twin gods Ashwinikumar, with the glory of fire-god Agni, with the glow of sun god, and with the vitality of god Indra, we offer this Abhisheka to you. May strength, wealth, success and glory come to you. May this shower, the shower of ambrosia-bring you peace, love and prosperity.

Completion of the Ceremony
Priest : Let us complete this marriage ceremony.

(Bride’s father sits near the altar, and mother sits on his right side. Bride’s father takes a spoonful of water in his left hand and lets it pass from the palm of the right hand.)


Priest and the bride’s father :

May the almighty God be pleased by the marriage ceremony of my daughter.


Priest, bride and bridegroom :
May the almighty God be pleased by our marriage ceremony. (The couple takes a spoonful of water in the left hand and after rectifying the statement above, let it pass from the palm of the right hand.)
Singing marriage hymns and removing the Antarpat On the auspicious moment

The bridegroom stands on a wooden seat with a garland in his hands. Two senior persons/priest hold the Antarpat – a shawl. The bride, after worshipping Gauri and Hara (Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva) is brought by her maternal uncle to the marriage place. She wears a yellow sari, if possible, and has a garland in her hands. She stands facing the groom. The shawl is between them keeping them away from each other’s sight. The following hymns are sung by the priest and/or relations. Rice grains mixed with slight kumkum (Akshata) are distributed to all attending the marriage. Every time the priest says they sprinkle Akshatas on the bride and bridegroom.




Meaning of the sacred hymns - Chapter 12
The first stanza describes Shri Ganesh. On all auspicious occasions, Ganapati is venerated first because he is supposed to remove obstacles.

The second stanza is in praise of Lord Krishna.

The third stanza invites all the holy rivers in India to bless the couple.

The fourth stanza reveres the almighty, the ultimate, the supreme.

The fifth stanza venerates all the luminaries, stars and planets, and requests them to grace the marriage.

The sixth stanza says that so far as the Ganges is flowing through its course, so far as the sun is shining in the sky, so far as Meru mountain is adorned with blue marble rocks, you enjoy life with sons and grandsons.

The seventh stanza says : May the couple be blessed with the fortunes of Lord Indra.

The last stanza : May this day prove to be auspicious for the marriage. May all cosmic energies be in favor of the couple and make their marriage a success.


After the hymns are sung, on the auspicious moment, the shawl separating the bride from the bridegroom is removed. Both of them garland each other.

Bride’s sister stands behind the bride and bridegroom’s sister stands behind him.


They hold urns filled with water and with mango leaves. They sprinkle water on bride and bridegroom with mango leaves. They make an Aarati. (Moving the oil lamps in a circular motion around the face of the person.)
After this, the marriage ceremony is over. Sweets are distributed to all. Kumkum and Haldi are applied to the foreheads of the ladies. Betel-leaves and betel nuts are distributed to gents. The couple and the parents are now ready to greet the relations and friends who have come for the marriage.

Prayers to the seven stars symbolizing sages And the pole star - Chapter 13

Priest and the groom :
There are the seven sages who helped Arundhati, the foremost among the seven Krittikas (stars), to reach permanent position When I see her, I feel that my wife is the eighth krittika
O pole star, you are called Dhruva because you are ever stable in this position. You are stability incarnate, steadiness itself. By your stability it seems as if you arrest the movements of other starts. In the circular constellations of stars, you stand out with your triangular neighborhood. O Dhruva, please protect me from my enemies.

Benedictions

Priest and the parents of the bride : (To the bride-)

My dear daughter, by your love and good conduct earn the love of your father-in-law, mother-in-law, and brothers-and sisters-in-law. Lead a happy life in this house.


O dear ones, stay together with abiding love. Let not even a trace of dissent appear between you. Lead a full life of joy with children and grandchildren.


Entering the house - Chapter 14

The bride and the groom enter the house with the right foot first, followed by the left foot.


Priest and groom :
I enter this blessed home happily with my wife. This home gives long life to its brave sons, is always crowded with loving people, rich with wealth. This house produces sons of great valor. I will stay in this house with my wife enjoying the best things in life.
My dear wife, in this family, you will live blissfully with your children. As a housewife, be alert about your duties. Even in old age, we would admire this house of ours in the company of our friends.
Worship of goddess Lakshmi
Priest : The bridegroom is going to rename his wife.
(To groom-) Please take a spoonful of water with your left hand and pour it on your right palm (Achaman). Do the pranayam (deep breathing) and meditate upon God for a minute.
Priest and the groom :
On this auspicious day I rename my newly wedded wife.
(In a metal dish, a dishful of rice grains is kept. The groom writes with his ring the name of the family deity and the new name of the bride on the grains.)
I sing the glory of Lord Ganapati. If one remembers his lotus feet, all the adversities fade away as the darkness fades away with the rise of the sun.
The family deities and other revered deities, we bow before you.
May all know my wife’s name as ………………..
Priest and the groom : O Seniors and elders! With my wife, I bow before you.
Priest and the relations :
The bride named…………… may enjoy long married life and desired children.
Priest and the groom :
May the new name…………of my wife be known to all.
Priest and the relations :
The new name…………..will be known to all.
Priest and the groom :
By this rite may God the almighty be pleased.
The bride and bridegroom make Achamanas and complete the rite.
Om. Obeisance to Keshava.

Om. Obeisance to Narayana.

Om. Obeisance to Madhava.

Om. Obeisance to Govind.


ASIF YOU NEED TO SCAN PGS 30 AND 31
Please note that the ceremonies are verbatim from the books of Jnana Prabodhini.
Long Live Sanatan Dharam

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