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VIVAH SANSKAARThe Wedding Sacrament (Vivah Sanskaar) is the most important among the sixteen Vedic sacraments. It is a divinely ordained institution that forms the very basis for a coordinated family life. It seeks to bring two souls together into a composite whole, in fulfillment of cosmic purpose and plan. When we observe the functioning of the universe, we see an eternally harmonious relationship between the sun and moon, heaven and earth and all the other cosmic pairs. Even God (Purusha) and Matter (Prakriti) are seen to be related eternally with each other for the creation of this universe. A groom and a bride are brought together in marriage to reflect the same kind of lifelong harmonious relationship.
Baarat SwaagatThe bride's party welcomes the groom's party in front of the wedding shrine with the recitation of Vedic Mantras. The fathers of the bride and groom embrace each other.
ParichayThe bride's mother and other respectable married ladies shower grains and wave lights over the groom to invoke the powers of prosperity and light over him.
Var Mandap PraveshThe groom now enters the Mandap (wedding shrine).
Vadhoo Mandap Pravesh
The bride now enters the Mandap.
Aasan DaanThe bride offers the groom a seat of comfort.
Maduparka DaanThe bride offers the groom a taste of sweetness. Before he sips, he chants, "The wind blows in sweetness, the river flows in sweetness. May the plants bring sweetness to us".
KanyadaanThe father of the bride formally offers the right hand of his daughter, into the right hand of the groom, to signify consent for her being married to him.
JaimaalThey both now garland each other to signify their own choice and acceptance of each other. They chant together, "May all the cosmic powers unite our hearts, and as particles of water, once mixed, can never be separated, even so may our hearts be inseparable".
Ritwig VaranBoth fathers adopt the officiating Priest and request him to perform the Vivaah Sanskaar.
AgnihotraThe Priest invites the bride and groom to kindle the sacramental fire and make offerings of clarified butter and mixed herbs.
Paani GrahanThe groom stands with the bride still seated. He takes hold of her right hand, chanting, " I take your hand in mine for fortunes and happiness for both of us. Live with me up to the days of old age, for all the wise people present here and God Himself have consented into us getting married"
PradakshinaThe groom leads the bride around the Havan Kunda three times, chanting, "I am Vishnu, you are Lakshmi. I am the Harmony of music, you are the words of wisdom. I represent heaven, while you are the earth itself, personified. Let us become one, with minds in harmony. Let us live a long life together, and while living, let us see and hear the best things in life".
Shilaa-rohanThe groom asks the bride to put her right foot on a slab of stone, exhorting her to be firm like a rock when the winds of wrongdoing would come to make her fickle minded.
Laaj-aahutiThey both make offerings of parched grains unto the fire, praying for prosperity in wedded life.
PradakshinaThe groom again leads the bride round the fire four times.
Sapta-padiThey now take seven steps, together, to the northeast. As each step is taken, a promise is made. The seven promises are : The first step to nourish each other The second step to grow together in strength The thrid step to preserve our wealth The fourth step to share our joys and sorrows
The fifth step to care for our children The sixth step to be together forever The seventh step to remain lifelong friends, the perfect halves to make a perfect whole
Jal-sinchanaThe priest sprinkles water over their heads, asking them to keep their powers of thought cool in life.
Soorya AvalokanThe groom points out the sun to the bride, saying, "Here rises the glorious eye of heaven, ever rising and pure. May we live a long life to behold the golden color of the rising sun".
Hridya SparshThey touch each other's heart, saying, "I take your heart into our vows, may your mind follow my mind. May you listen to my voice attentively and lovingly, because God has given you to me and me to you to live together in wedded life".
Ring Exchange, Sindoor Daan & Mangal SutraThe groom puts a sacred necklace around the bride's neck. The necklace is a symbol of happy and prosperous married life. He applies sindoor to her hair parting, and asks the audience to bless him and his bride.
AashirvaadThe guests and relatives recite hymn and shower fresh flowers onto the wedded couple to wish them good luck, prosperity and a long life.
THE 16 SANSKARAS
GARBHADHANAThis sanskara is performed for the fulfillment of one's parental obligation and a continuation of the human race. This is a fervent prayer for the impregnation of the foetus with the life-giving soul force. Garbha means womb and Dhana means give or donate. This sanskara is performed after marriage and before the conception of a child. In this sanskara, the couple chants Vedic mantras for a healthy, loving and happy married life and the wish for a son or daughter that would bring new joy in the home.
PUNSAVANADuring the third or fourth month of pregnancy the Punsavana (protection of the fetus) sanskara is performed for the physical growth of the child.
SIMANTONNAYANAThis sanskara is performed during the seventh month of pregnancy. The parents to be and their relatives offer prayers to the Almighty mental growth of the child.
JATAKARMAThe Jatakarma sanskara (the child's nativity) should be done immediately after the birth of the child. This sanskara is done to welcome the new-born child. The father writes
AUM on the tongue of the child with a thin bar of gold dipped in honey. He whispers the word "VEDO-ASI" (You are Veda - knowledge) in the ear of the child.
NAMAKARANNama literally means 'name' and Karan means 'to make, to effect'. Thus, in this sanskara the child is given a name. This sanskara should be performed on the 11th day after the birth of the child.
NISHRAMANAThe 4th month after the birth of the child, the Nishkramana sanskara is performed. Here the child is taken outside the home for the first time to be exposed to the different elements of nature.
ANNA-PRAASHANAAnna means 'food' and Prashana mean 'eating, feeding' thus, giving solid food to the child for the very first time performs this sanskara.
MUNDANThis sanskara can be performed between the ages of 1-3 years old. In this sanskara the hair from the child's head is shaved off for the very first time. Prayers for good health and development are being recited.
KARNAVEDHAThe piercing of the lower lobes of the child's ears at the age of three performs the Karnavedha sanskara. Prayers are offered to the Almighty for the physical well being of the child.
UPANAYANAUpanayana or the thread ceremony is performed anytime between the ages of five to eight years old. Upa mean 'approaching towards' and Nayanam means 'leading'. In this sanskara the child is given the yajnopavit (sacred thread), which is made from three strands representing the three letters of AUM. The three strands also symbolize the three discipline of life, which are knowledge, action and devotion.
VEDARAMBHAThis sanskara is done immediately after the upanaya sanskara. Now the child becomes a student. The child will now gain knowledge from the Vedas and other religious text as well the other branches including mathematics and science. Thus the child will be able to progress in life spiritually as well as materially.
SAMAVARTANABetween the ages of twenty-one and twenty-five years this sanskara is performed. This student should have now completed all his/her studies and start a new life of selfrealization and independence.
VIVAHAVivaha sanskara is performed when the student decides to get marry. This is one of the most important sanskara among the sixteen Vedic sacraments. This is the foundation that fo