Wedding, a magical relationship of bringing two various family members together. It’s a commitment between guy and girl to share each others love, affection and sorrow for life long.
But what is actually happening? In this post that is what is actually about to discussed. It might be my personal view or anyone grievance inside their heart. Let us get into the facts and figures of a traditional Indian wedding ceremony.
When was your last time of enjoyment in a wedding? I am asking about actual wedding ceremony where you did enjoyed as yourself and not like a person who has lots of commitments to do. Did you really know how our traditional way of wedding happened? Or why the same actually took place for days? Or why it had so many rituals to be followed?
The answer from the current generation would be “WHY I SHOULD KNOW?”. These are the generation who really get into Western Culture and really wanna forget about their own culture where they are being bought up. The so called Western Culture likes to follow our traditional aspects by all means like Yoga, Mantra, etc., but we who are really behind the same tend to follow their culture which really makes our elder people sick enough that they are not even able express their feelings.
What really is a Wedding according to Indian Culture?
A Hindu wedding is called vedas or vivaha (Hindi: विवाह), and the wedding ceremony is called vivaah sanskar. The wedding ceremony is traditionally conducted entirely, or at least partially in Sanskrit, considered by Hindus as the language of holy ceremonies. The local language of the people involved is also used. The Hindus attach a lot of importance to marriages, the ceremonies are very colourful, and celebrations may extend for several days. The bride’s and groom’s home – entrance, doors, wall, floor, roof – are sometimes decorated with colors, balloons and other decorations.
The rituals and process in a Hindu wedding vary widely. Nevertheless, there are a few key rituals common in Hindu weddings – Kanyadaan, Panigrahana, and Saptapadi, which are respectively, gifting away of daughter by the father, voluntarily holding hand near the fire to signify union, and taking seven steps with each step includes a vow/promise to each other before fire. The Hindu wedding ceremony at its core is essentially a Vedic yajna ritual. The primary witness of a Hindu marriage is the fire-deity (or the Sacred Fire) Agni, in the presence of family and friends.
The pre-wedding and post-wedding rituals and celebrations vary by region, preferences or the resources of the groom, bride and their families. They can range from one day to multi-day events. Pre-wedding ceremonies include engagement (involving vagdana or betrothal and lagna-patra written declaration), and arrival of the groom’s party at the bride’s residence, often in the form of a formal procession with dancing and music. The post-wedding ceremonies may include Abhishek, Anna Prashashan, Aashirvadah, and Grihapravesa – the welcoming of the bride to her new home.
In India, where most Hindus live, by law and tradition, no Hindu marriage is binding and complete unless the ritual of seven steps and vows in presence of fire (Saptapadi) is completed by the bride and the groom together.
What is happening at present?
A Wedding in present days after 90’s (globalization) had come across various changes which are really pathetic for our traditions. Our father’s and fore father’s had formulated a concept of wedding that had paved ways to many outcomes which are not being followed now but a modern trend of marriage is taking place through which the younger generation surpass the tradition which is being put forth for decades and decades in our country.
During early days parents or the elder people in families used have conversations of wedding and they were really aware of consequences of a wedding. They plan accordingly that the ceremony goes in order that the guy or girl from the house do really lead a life in a very happy and prosperous way. No such distractions/divorce or anything to live separately among each other was found during past years.
But now a days its very familiar to hear that couples getting into conflict and split. But why? The main reason identified on that is EGO; Family values; Media; and many more. The exposure to many things not only led us to diseased environment but also to a Culture Killing environment.
Do we really respect our parents? Do we really respect our family values? Do we really respect our traditional values? Think of the same…..where are we heading towards? A dead end of culture. No relatives; no friends; no neighbors; but only you and your so called TECH GADGET which is not even going to help you in personal or a good relationship building.
A marriage in our tradition brought in people from various places into one perfect bond. A marriage in our tradition brought in all the relatives/neighbors/friends together to share their known/unknown. A marriage in tradition brought in our values of living together throughout the life facing any hurdles or happiness. A marriage in our tradition brought in values of RELATIONSHIP, which is what we are slowly but lastly we are loosing up in the name of MODERN DAY WEDDING.
Let us think of our traditional values and bring in our own habitual in getting things done.
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