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Ideals of Hindu Marriage

25 Apr

Hinduism recognizes men and women as two halves of divine body. Hindu matrimony symbolize the divine concept for the union of these two halves. According to Hindu scriptures, the basic idea behind a Hindu marriage is the lifelong union of man and woman so that the two can move forward in their lives and achieve their goals. The union ensures that the two stay together in happy and difficult times and pursue their worldly duty. Understanding the needs of each other and sacrifice for the happiness of the other is the essence of a Hindu marriage.

The Concept Of Dharma, Artha, Kama & Moksha
Hindu marriage assimilates the idea of Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. The word Dharma literally means duty. It should be the priority of a Hindu couple to pursue its duties while they lead their marital life. Artha signifies physical possessions. Kama means bodily pleasure and eventually Moksha is the ultimate spiritual release of the soul from the worldly affairs. The above mentioned concepts are indispensable in one’s life and Hindu marriage is the way to pursue them. Through marriage man and woman attain union. They accumulate wealth for a healthy life style. More importantly, their intimate connection gratifies their physical needs and at the same time upholds the universal law of Jeevan (birth) with the birth of their children. Eventually, the Hindu marriage culminates with Moksha, which is the spiritual state of release of soul from the body.

Individual Roles In Hindu Matrimonials
The very rituals followed in a Hindu wedding are a prelude to the ideals of Hindu marriage. The oaths taken in the rituals lay down the norms for the couple to pursue. Sacrifice, self restraint, love, respect, care and honesty are the essentials in a Hindu marriage. Maintaining the probity of the relation is foremost. The commitment shown by Hindu bride towards their husbands is unparalleled in the world and perhaps the very attribute that separates a Hindu marriage from the rest.

They should remember that the sanctity of the relation should be preserved and the lifelong nature of the matrimonial tie should be kept intact. On the other hand, women should too adjust to the new family and settings. After all, a Hindu marriage is not just the matter of staying together; it’s about living together happily with each other and for each other.

Customs, Rituals and Indian Hindu Marriages

24 Apr

Hindu Marriages in India are a grand affair, involving a lot of customs and rituals and where the whole community of family, friends, relatives and social circle come together to celebrate the occasion with great style and pomp. Hindu Marriages in India are usually considered an once-in-a-lifetime, auspicious affair. Depending upon the region to which the couple belongs, there is a host of customs and rituals involved. In many Indian communities, Hindu Marriages are a lengthy, drawn out affair with many lasting up to a week or so. The tradition and customs differ from one state to another. Many communities are very strict about these rituals while others are not. With time many old rituals and customs have been discarded, but Indian marriages are still considered as a spiritual affair.

Sagai, Mehendi, Haldi and Tilak are some of the important pre-wedding customs followed across northern states. Sagai refers to the engagement ceremony, which happens prior to the wedding. It is a comparatively sober affair compared to the main wedding but still celebrated with great style. The Mehendi ceremony is also a pre-wedding celebration, where the bride and other women in the family get their hands decorated with heena. There is a lot of dancing and singing throughout the ceremony. A Haldi ceremony on the other hand is an affair in which both the groom and the bride participate. Haldi is applied on them generously by all family members, relatives and friends. In a Tilak ceremony, the groom is welcomed at the bride’s home by applying a Tilak on his forehead and he is presented with shagun (auspicious offering). These are some of the commonly followed pre-wedding customs in an Indian Hindu Marriage.

Then the most important day, i.e. is the marriage day itself, is celebrated with great fanfare and enthusiasm. On this day, there is the Phera ceremony, which is considered very auspicious and holy and an Indian Hindu marriage is incomplete without this ritual. This ceremony involves circling around the sacred fire seven times to seal the marriage vows. An emotional ceremony before the Phera, is the Kanyadaan where the bride’s father gives away his daughter. An equally emotional and sensitive affair involves the bride’s finally leaving for her husband’s home which is called Bidai. These are just some of the main ceremonies followed; Hindu marriages involve a wide array of many other customs and rituals.

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Indian Wedding Barat: A Grand Affair

6 May

Weddings in India are known for being magnificent and the Wedding Procession or ‘Barat’ is the highlight of these beautiful events. Showcasing the joy of the Groom’s family, the ‘Barat’ consists of many different elements that are almost as majestic as the wedding itself. The procession starting from the Groom’s place to the Bride’s home or the wedding venue is a kaleidoscope of sights and sounds that captivate the boisterous nature of Indians. What makes it so special is that all the friends, relatives and acquaintances of the Groom come together at one place to share the joy and the celebration of two people getting united for life.

Barat is an important part of the ceremonies that take place as a part of an Indian Wedding. The Groom usually proceeds towards the venue mounted on a horse or horse-led carriage that is bedecked with regal finery. Nowadays the Grooms also opt for travelling by a decorated car but there are still many people who take pride in going by the traditional means.

The Procession
The people in the Barat also called the ‘Baraatis’, dance and cheer accompanied by a Musical Band and light-bearers. The procession advances slowly, with the ‘Baraatis’ halting at places to dance and fireworks are lit as a celebration of the merriment. The whole scene is so lively, that passersby cannot help but stop and gaze at the enjoyable affair.

The Arrival
Upon arrival, the ‘Baraat’ is welcomed with fervor by the Bride’s family, after which the ‘Baraatis’ get acquainted. During this ceremony, the Bride’s mother performs the ‘Aarti’ before the Groom to bless him on this auspicious day. Sometimes, the Baraatis are also welcomed with flowers and sweets or even a spray of Rose water.

Then, the Groom, accompanied by the ’Baraatis’ enters the venue, where the people from the Bride’s side eagerly come forward to catch a glimpse. The variation existing in the diverse cultures of India is reflected at times in the ‘Baraat’ ceremonies that vary in subtle ways across the weddings taking place in India.

Indian Baraat

11 Jun

Have you ever wondered what an Indian wedding would seem like without a ‘Baraat’? It would be a wedding without fun, galore, dance, music etc. It will be a monotonous and a dull affair. As Indian weddings are known for their grandeur, so is the custom of procession of groom with his family and relatives to the bride’s home (known as arrival of ‘Baraat’) is a much celebrated and lavish affair.

The Indian Baraat is a picturesque and a splendid view in which the groom sits on the white horse and travels his way to the wedding venue. Before sitting on the horse, the groom is adorned with a saafa (turban) along with a sehra on his forehead by his mother. A small-groom known as the sarbaala accompanies the groom on the same horse. The small-groom is generally a cousin or relative of the groom. And like an army accompanying their chief worrier, the Baraatis that includes friends, family and relatives of the groom follows the groom sitting on the horse.

The Baraat is headed by a display of fireworks and crackers with the family and relatives of the groom merrily dancing and celebrating through the whole journey to the bride’s place. It is altogether a different view to see gaudily-dressed band players in the middle led by the elegantly dressed clarinet-group and the shabbily- dressed light carriers with the generator-set trolley trailing behind. With large sized loud-speakers and the brass band cacophony, baraatis all dressed in their best, dance, sing, shout, and laugh and lead their way to the wedding destination. This short journey is a joyous, colorful and an extravagant affair and is full of fun and thrill.

Then finally when the baraat arrives, at the entrance they are welcomed whole heartedly by the bride’s family and relatives. With great enthusiasm the Baraat introduces itself to the family of bride and this ceremony is known as ‘Milni’. Then the baraatis exchange garlands with the bride’s family members. Then sweets, food and snacks are served to them. And bride’s family makes sure to take care of the groom’s relatives and family members and let them be at ease.

Therefore, Indian wedding baraat or wedding procession is a prime characteristic of Indian wedding and it adds life the wedding ceremony.


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