For all those couples who do not belong to Arya Samaj, Buddhism, Jains, Sikhs or Hindus religion and have converted themselves into Hindus/Arya Samaj in order to get married without being judged based on the factors like caste, creed, race, religion, and standard; we’ve come out with this blog that discussed the Arya Samaj Marriage rituals in quite a detail along with marriage procedure and list of required documentation.
So, in order to have a better understanding of the Arya Samaj Mandir Marriage process (that is considered a common door for inter-caste and inter-religious marriages) you must read this blog:
In order to solemnize marriage as per the Arya Samaj rituals, you need to first arrange the following list of documents—
- Age-proof as per the legal marriage age ( Bride 18 or above and Groom 21 or above)
- The Marriage invitation card
- Address Proof of the bride and groom
- Passport size photographs (6 or 7)
- 3 eye-witnesses with having their address proof, identity proof, and passport size photographs (each having one)
- Separate affidavits from the bride and groom for stating the ‘Marital status, Citizenship, Nationality, and Affirmation that both the bride and groom are not connected within any prohibited relationship).
- A copy of Divorce and death certificate in case if either the bride or the groom is divorced and widows/widower respectively.
The Arya Samaj Marriage Rituals:
- Enchantment of the holy Vedic hymns- For a happy and prosperous married life, the priest explains the holy Vedic hymns to the bride and groom.
- Exchanging Garlands- Once the priest completed explaining the importance and meaning of holy Vedic hymns; the bride garlands the groom first and then the bridegroom garlands the bride.
- Madhuparkaa- Soon after exchanging garlands, the ritual of Madhuparkaa starts where the bride gives the water in the groom palms (three-times) which he sprinkles firstly over his body, then on his feet and then drinks it. And, in the same way, the bride performs the ritual.
- Yagna plus Kanyadaan- After that, the groom needs to wear a sacred thread so that the process of Yagna begins in order to let the father henceforth hands the responsibilities of his daughter in the hands of her husband.
- Havan- Then, the priest performs the wedding rites in front of the holy fire.
- Pani Grahan Sanskar- Soon after that, the Pani Graham Sanskar begins in which the bride and groom need to hold hands together and chant mantras for promising to love each other as well as to take care of each other throughout their lives.
- Shilarohan- In order to make a strong and solid relationship between the bride and the groom; the bride's mother then places the bride’s right foot on a stone while the groom chants mantras given by the priest.
- Lajahom- Following that, the bride and groom together pour puffed rice into the holy fire.
- Phere or Parikrama- Once done with performing the above rituals, the bride and groom then take 4 rounds around the holy fire.
- Saptapadi and Hriday Sparsh Mantra- In continuation of the 4 pheres/rounds, the 7 steps are taken by the couple that signifies
- Sindoor and Mangalsutra- To complete the marriage, the groom applies the sindoor on the bride’s forehead as well as tie a mangal sutra around her neck. That’s all, the newly-weds then view the Pole Star and take the blessings from the elders.
The Arya Samaj Marriage Process:
- Step 1: Book an appointment in Arya Samaj Mandir.
- Step 2: Receive the appointment letter and visit the Arya Samaj Mandir to solemnize your marriage as per the above-mentioned Arya Samaj rituals.
- Step 3: Collect the Arya Samaj Marriage Certificate from the same Arya Samaj Mandir.
- Step 4: Register the marriage with the Arya Samaj marriage fees in the Registrar office of Sub-Divisional Magistrate to give it legal status under the law.
That’s all about what you should have to know about the concept, process and rituals of ‘Arya Samaj Weddings’ in India—a legal marriage alternative!