• By Jnana Prabodhini
  • April 2010

Meaning of the sacred hymns 

The first stanza describes Shri Ganesh. On all auspicious occasions, Ganapati is venerated first because he is supposed to remove obstacles.
The second stanza is in praise of Lord Krishna.
The third stanza invites all the holy rivers in India to bless the couple.
The fourth stanza reveres the almighty, the ultimate, the supreme.
The fifth stanza venerates all the luminaries, stars and planets, and requests them to grace the marriage.
The sixth stanza says that so far as the Ganges is flowing through its course, so far as the sun is shining in the sky, so far as Meru mountain is adorned with blue marble rocks, you enjoy life with sons and grandsons.
The seventh stanza says : May the couple be blessed with the fortunes of Lord Indra.
The last stanza : May this day prove to be auspicious for the marriage. May all cosmic energies be in favor of the couple and make their marriage a success.

After the hymns are sung, on the auspicious moment, the shawl separating the bride from the bridegroom is removed. Both of them garland each other.
Bride’s sister stands behind the bride and bridegroom’s sister stands behind him.

They hold urns filled with water and with mango leaves. They sprinkle water on bride and bridegroom with mango leaves. They make an Aarati. (Moving the oil lamps in a circular motion around the face of the person.)

After this, the marriage ceremony is over. Sweets are distributed to all. Kumkum and Haldi are applied to the foreheads of the ladies. Betel-leaves and betel nuts are distributed to gents. The couple and the parents are now ready to greet the relations and friends who have come for the marriage.

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