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HINDU MARRIAGES  Publish Date(17-Apr-2017)

The weddings in the Hindu tradition is generally a big time and big budget affair and involves many pre-wedding and post-wedding rituals and celebrations which vary by region, preferences or the resources of the groom, bride and their families. They can range from one day to multi-day events.

The Pre-wedding ceremonies include engagement or betrothal, during which time, confirming the date and details of the marriage by a written declaration by both the families declaring their agreement to the proposal are done in public.  This function is generally done in the presence of the elders in both the families, the friends and relatives and it can be taken as an act of  commitment to the marriage, which, hitherto was kept as a family affair.

 Hindu marriages are generally performed in a colourful way involving many Rituals and Procedures. While the procedures are mostly common, however there are many differences in the way these are perceived and given importance in the Hindu wedding ceremonies.  There are many reasons like the local setup, economic conditions, status of the families, the cult or the tradition followed in different castes etc.

Nevertheless, there are a few key rituals common in Hindu weddings like kanyadaanPanigrahana, and Saptapadi, which are respectively, giving away of daughter by the father, voluntarily holding hand near the fire to signify union, and taking seven steps with each step includes a vow/promise to each other before Agni. The ceremony is traditionally conducted entirely or at least partially in Sanskrit. The local language of the bride and groom is also used. One important factor in all the marriages is the time during which period the marriage is to be performed and it is called as Muhurtha Neram considered as  the auspicious time for the successful marriage.

However a few marriages are done without observing any of the above formalities, mostly by the rationalists and non believers.

But the thing common in all the marriages is each occasion is followed by a good feast. It is believed that people who take part in the marriage having tasted a great meal, will bestow their wishes to the couple without any reservations. Nowadays the marriage is also rated on the number of dishes served in the food and their taste and quality.

The post-wedding ceremonies may include performance of certain rituals by the couple, followed sometimes by a discourse by religious heads on the ways to be adopted by the couple post marriage and Grihapravesa - the welcoming of the bride to her new home.

There are some colourful events also in the marriage  like Janavasam or Mapillai oorvalam before the wedding which involve a small tour of the Groom around the streets in a decorated car. While in the earlier times it was found to be useful in declaring the marriage status of the boy to the public, this event is being given a goby in most modern marriages. Similarly the Kasi yatra is also a part of some marriages wherein the boy suddenly take a detour to skip the marriage and go on a yatra and he is persuaded by the father of the girl to stop his yatra and come back to marry his daughter. Another colourful event done after marriage is NALANGU which involves a few games using Coconut and Appalam between the Boy and the Girl to bring in a sort of familiarity and understanding. The event is made more interesting by the friends and the relatives taking sides and advising the boy and the girl not to give in the victory to other.

All in all, one thing is certain that irrespective of the way in which the marriage is conducted, it is a memorable occasion in one’s life remembering and cherishing the occasion throughout their life.

Let us give a Big wish to the thousands of the couples who are joining in the wedlock at any point of time throughout the world.