Vedic Marriage Ceremony 13 Steps of a Hindu Wedding Rituals


Vara Satkaarah 
 Reception of the bridegroom and his kinsmen at the entrance gate of the wedding hall where the officiating priest chants a few mantras and the bride’s mother blesses the groom with rice and trefoil and applies tilak of vermilion and turmeric powder. 

Madhuparka Ceremony 
Reception of the bridegroom at the altar and bestowing of presents by the bride’s father.

 Kanya Dan 
The bride’s father gives away his daughter to the groom amidst the chanting of sacred mantras.
 

Vivah-Homa 

The sacred fire ceremony ascertaining that all auspicious undertakings are begun in an atmosphere of purity and spirituality.
 

Pani-Grahan 
The groom takes the right hand of the bride in his left hand and accepts her as his lawfully wedded wife.

Pratigna-Karan 
 The couple walk round the fire, the bride leading, and take solemn vows of loyalty, steadfast love and life-long fidelity to each other.
 

Shila Arohan 
The mother of the bride assists her to step onto a stone slab and counsels her to prepare herself for a new life.

Laja-Homah 
Puffed rice offered as oblations into the sacred fire by the bride while keeping the palms of her hands over those of the groom.

Parikrama or Pradakshina or Mangal Fera 
The couple circles the sacred fire seven times. This aspect of the ceremony legalizes the marriage according to the Hindu Marriage Act as well custom.

Saptapadi 
Marriage knot symbolized by tying one end of the groom’s scarf with the bride’s dress. Then they take seven steps representing nourishment, strength, prosperity, happiness, progeny, long life and harmony and understanding, respectively.

Abhishek  
Sprinkling of water, meditating on the sun and the pole star.

Anna Praashan 
The couple make food offerings into the fire then feed a morsel of food to each other expressing mutual love and affection.

Aashirvadah 
Benediction by the elders.

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