September 3, 2013

7 vows of an Indian Hindu wedding

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A topic close to every Young Indian Girl’s Heart for WriteTribe’s Festival ofWords – Day 3 and the theme for the event is ‘SEVEN’


Wedding
The most important ritual in a traditional Hindu Wedding is Saptapadi or Saat Phere . It is quite similar to the ritual after which the priest announces “I now pronounce you Husband & Wife”. It involves taking 7 revolutions/steps around the sacred fire, where every round/step is a vow for each other by the couple. Let’s have a quick look at these precious vows.

1.      Food  & Welfare
The couple humbly appeals to the almighty to shower his grace on them thereby providing them with nourishing food bringing in prosperity and welfare in their life. The Man takes responsibility to the bread winner and the woman takes up the household duties.

2.      Health
The groom promises to be the pillar of strength at all times, thus protecting the family and giving courage. The bride promises to support the groom in all aspects and they offer prayers for a blessed physical, spiritual and mental health.

3.      Wealth & togetherness
Here in this vow, the couple obliges to be together always and pray to the almighty to bless them with wealth.

4.      Love
The couple seeks love and respect not only from each other but also from their new family bonds. Here they ask the almighty to bless them and their family with lots of love thereby bringing in mutual harmony

5.      Children
The couple prays to be blessed with the greatest gift to mankind a new life, a child.

6.      Long Life
The couple asks for a long peaceful life with each other being able to go through joys and sorrows.

7.      Qualities
Here in this vow, the couple prays to god seeking companionship, trust, maturity, loyalty and understanding in their new relationship

Saat Phere
You might have noticed, I mentioned Saptapadi or Saat Phere in the start. That’s because in some parts of India, either Saptapadi (seven steps) or Saat Phere (circumambulations) or both are carried out as a ritual.

As per Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satphere
“Having exchanged these vows of love, duty, respect, fidelity and a fruitful union the couple agree to be companions forever. The process of saat phere acquires more significance in that the couple prays for the peace and well-being of the entire universe.

An Indian marriage is a symbol of purity, union of two different people, community and culture. All the Hindu marriages carry out similar rituals with slight difference.”

Hehe :) Hope you had a good time reading the vows, I had too!

Cheers,
Onomatopoeically,
Meow
Write Tribe

18 comments:

  1. It is interesting to know about the 7 vows once again after 16 years!!. I remember the punditji who married us explained the significance of the 7 pheras! :)

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    1. hehe I am glad i sent you into yesteryears fond memories :)

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  2. Wow I really didn't knew about this... Superb

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  3. Thanks for enlightening me on Saat Phere:) Cheerz
    www.vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com

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  4. What a wonderful glimpse into your customs and culture! The ritual and promises don't seem that much different than the ones I vowed to my husband almost 16 years ago. I really enjoyed reading this and how your weddings in India differ from the ones we celebrate here in the states. ♥

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    1. Hehe Glad that you enjoyed reading my post :-)
      Thank you Kathy

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  5. Ah! Someone else wrote about Saptapadi too! It really is a very beautiful and significant ritual!

    Roshni
    http://www.indianamericanmom.com

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    1. Oh wow, Its indeed a wonderful ritual!

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  6. These vows are the essence of a successful marriage...marriages happen but sometimes we are unable to retell those promises exactly...you did a nice job of simplifying them through pointers...nice post :)

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  7. Interesting...i had totally forgotten the value of seven in marriages...not to forget saat janmo ka bandhan...

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    1. Hehe, glad you read this post!
      oh yes, it ties you to saat janmo ka bandhan too, wow thanks! I am adding it to the post!

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  8. Uhoh! I already have a post on this coming out day after. Well - let us assume that it is written differently enough to appeal.

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  9. vows are the the true essence and add value to the marriage. simple yet a detailed post. good one :)

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  10. there are a lot of people writing on this subject and its surely helping me understand it better and will be better for me when i take my vows

    you can check out my post here-
    Karan - Brother

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