Author: Ramesh Chander DograUrmila Dogra/Publisher: Star PublicationsYear: 2009Language: EnglishPages: 48ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788176503877
Hindu wedding is a sacred tradition of life time marital relationship between man and woman. It is performed with the observance of several rituals and customs, which make it an elaborate affair. These ceremonies continue for several days prior to the main ceremony, know as ‘pani grahana’. This is performed by the couple taking seven rounds of the sacred fire, know as ‘saat phere’, in the presence of a Hindu priest and amidst chanting of hymns and mantras from Hindu scriptures.
Importance of marriageOrigin of marriagePre-marital sceneLimitations of marriageAge of marriageQualifications of the bridegroom & brideBetrothalMusic in marriage ceremoniesAim of marriageMarriage ceremonies in various parts of IndiaVivah (marriage) definitionForms of marriage in ancient IndiaSome other forms of marriageAuspicious marriage dayMarriage hymns and ceremoniesSignificance of ceremoniesOrnaments and jewellery for married womenAnkur panamAncestral blessings and other ritesMilniArait, JaimalaWorship of deitiesMadhuparka (Honey and yughurt)Kanyadan, and patnigrahamMangala Ashtaka (Verses of blessings)Akshataropana (Wishfulfilling)Sutra veshtanaVivah Homa (Marriage and vows before the sacred-fire)Saptapadi (Seven Steps ceremony)Agni PrarthanaLocal customs in some parts of IndiaMangal AshtakMangala SutraSindurdanamAshirwad (Blessings)Doli Departure for brideFeeding ceremonyDuties of husband and wife after marriageRespect to eldersDowrySignificance of colours in marriageTurmeric in MarriageImportance of Flowers and trees (Fresh flowers, Lotus)Importance of Tilak, BindiGlossary