Hindu Marriage Customs

Hindu Marriage Customs

According to Hindu Shastra, a marriage is not only the contract but also a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman. Marriage is considered as a strongest social bond that not only involves the husband and wife, but also the entire family along with friends, relatives and even communities and religions.

The Hindu marriage customs and traditions have been derived from the practices that have been preserved in Hindu Vedic culture that are handed down the generations. According to Hindu religion the life of a person is divided into four stages—Brahmacharya (bachelordom), grihastha (family life), vanaprastha (giving up their possessions and devote oneself to God), Sanyasa (giving up all the relationships and devote oneself completely to god). The grihastashrama is initiated when the Hindu gets married.

In Hindu religion, marriages are the means of spiritual growth. Man and woman are the soul mates who direct the energy associated with them individually into the progress of their souls.

In India traditionally, most Hindu marriages are arranged marriages. That is the bride and the groom are matched by the elders, in which the bride and groom are of same caste, community, state and religion. But  today’s modern generation prefer to select their partner on their own in which caste, community, state, and sometimes even the religion are overlooked. If you are looking for a website to help in your search. You can try Vivaah.com’s Hindu Page. It is a free site with features like privacy options and view contact details etc. Also here are links to Hindu groom listings and Hindu bride listings:-

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The Indian Hindu marriage involves several customs. The general wedding customs includes pre wedding, wedding and post wedding ceremonies. There are few variations seen in conducting this customs in various communities and regions.

Generally, Pre Marriage customs begins with Mahendi and Peethi. A day before the wedding the palm and feet of the bride are decorated with “Mahendi”. A mandap decorated with flowers is built wherein the marriage ceremony is conducted. Peethi is the customs observed in which the bride and groom bodies are smeared with turmeric, sandalwood paste and oils, which cleanse the body, soften the skin, and make it aromatic. They are then bathed to the chanting of Vedic mantras.

On the wedding morning, several ablutionary rituals are performed on both the bride and the groom individually with their family members and relatives. In a mandapa – or marriage stage decorated with flowers. Hindu matrimony ceremony is a long and elaborate custom observed in front of a holy fire as witness the Hindu God. The Hindu marriage customs and traditions have its every step rooted in Vedas that signifies various aspects of live that is to follow the marriage.

After the wedding ceremony is solemnized, the newly wedded couple departs from the bride’s house, which is known as vidai. The couple proceeds to start their happy married life in the groom’s house. The groom family members carry behind the couple the sacred fire in a vessel. They should keep the constantly alight. When they reach his house, the bride enters the home placing the right foot, which is considered auspicious. The mother of the groom welcomes the couple by performing an aarati.  Then bride is taken to her husband’s to celebrate the first night after the marriage. This is termed as wedding night in which the bedroom especially the bed is decorated with flowers and finally the bride and the groom drinks a glass of milk and fruits which gives them everlasting happiness and prosperity in their life.

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