Marriages are made in heaven and solemnized on earth. A married couple stays together till ‘death do us apart’ as suggested by the Bible. The pandit also makes sure the couples understand the sacred vows before starting their married life. An Indian marriage is one of the most serious and scared affairs in the society. This is visible from the austerity, with which it is performed. A Hindu marriage in particular is all about rituals and customs. There are a number of them which are followed before and after wedding, making it an elaborate ceremony. Every ritual and rite has its own meaning and significance and cannot be done away with. However, the most important ones are performed on the day of the marriage itself. One such custom is solemnising seven vows or pheras.
Without exaggeration, the seven vows or pheras can be said to contain the crux of the practice of marriage. This is attributed to the fact that marriages performed in temple, marking the holy priest and the almighty as the only witness. These seven vows are the seven promises which the bride and the groom make to each other for a happy and prosperous life. These seven vows are known as Saptadi, which are performed along with Mangalpheras, which is revolving around the sacred fire. Any marriage is incomplete without these vows and is deemed complete once they are conducted. On the day of the wedding the bride and the groom sit under the Mandap or the scared canopy for this ritual. The bride is seated towards left of the groom before the pheras, while towards the right after they are complete.
The groom promises to look after the wife’s happiness at which the wife also promises that she would also take the new responsibility willingly and happily.
The groom promises to protect their house and children and the bride also promises to be her husband’s strength. The groom wishes that he will be able to give her a rich and prosperous life. The bride promises to be loyal. The groom is overwhelmed with the order and sacredness she would bring in his life at which the bride promises eternal dying love. The groom also promises to be her best friend and to be beside her, at any turn in life. And they promise to honour and cherish each other for life.
These vows are very old and yet they are relevant even today. At Shatika, the festive season has begun and we have reverence for the best festival of life-marriage and sarees! Our endeavour is to bring latest designs in the handloom silk/cotton sarees for the traditional wedding saree.
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