Marriage is the binding of two hearts.
An Indian wedding not just binds the couple but unites two families that last forever. A wedding is a reason to rejoice, irrespective of region, caste or language. It is a boisterous occasion celebrated as a family with friends and relatives, filled with splendor, pomp, rituals, and tradition.
A typical Hindu marriage ceremony has seven promises that complete the divine union of two individuals. Also known as Sapthapadi (Saptha is 7 and Padi is Steps, so Sapthapadi is 7 steps) ) in the Hindu culture, the bride and groom vow to take these promises for a happy married life. The bride and the groom perform 7 rounds around a blazing fire while the Hindu priests chant the Vedic Mantras.
Step 1: In the first step, the groom promises to strive hard for the welfare of his wife and his family’s happiness. While the bride assures the groom that she will gratify all her responsibilities towards her family with utmost devotion and dedication.
Step 2: In the second step, the couple promise to stand together like a pillar and protect their family against all odds. The groom assures his bride that he will protect and fight for his family with courage and strength, while the bride promises to stand beside him and provide him power during his turbulent times.
Step 3: In the third step, the bride promises to accept the groom as her husband and that she will love him selflessly with all her heart, till eternity.
Step 4: In the fourth step, the couple vow to acquire happiness, harmony, and knowledge through mutual love. The groom prays to god to bestow him with good children with a great and long life. The wife, on the other hand, pray for happiness in the family.
Step 5: The groom accepts the bride as his best friend and makes her the companion of his life, whereas the bride generously accepts his friendship and promises to honor it with love and commitment. The fifth vow defines the marriage.
Step 6: In the sixth round, the bride and the groom promise to keep each other happy while spending the rest of their lives in matrimonial bliss and peace.
Step 7: The seventh step binds the two individuals into a holy bond. Both, the bride and groom promise to stay true to each other as their love and companionship have become inseparable for a lifetime.. They also pray for universal peace and social welfare.
The meaning of the seven steps is interpreted as – we have become friends and shall never separate. I am entering into your friendship. We shall love each other and support each other. We shall plan together our life. We will think alike and move together. Let us have only noble thoughts about each other. We will observe our duties together. I am the seed and you are its bearer. I am the mind and you are the words. We be faithful to us and may we be blessed with prosperity and progenies.”
We are following the seven vows till date, no matter we faced difficult times. Yes, we had faced ups and downs, our interests differ, we argue and fight, but at the end of the day we are Made for Each Other.
If alive, I would share my Nostalgia with my grandchildren too 🙂
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