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  • Editor
    Kotwal, Deepak Atmaram

Vivāha Saṃskāra

the Hindu wedding ceremony

First edition

Published by Bhar Printing, Inc. in Indianapolis, USA .
Written in English, Sanskrit.

About the Book

A reference source on the Hindu wedding ceremony (from the perspective of Hindus living in North America), including its history, guidance for brides, grooms and their parents, the Vedic Hindu Vivāha Vidhi adaptation, English language information for the purohitas, and a discussion of Hindu/non-Hindu interfaith marriages.

Table of Contents

Preface 3
Team of Contributors 4
Notes on Transliteration 5
Chapter 1 Introduction 9
Chapter 2 Hindu Vivāha Saṃskāra - symbolism 15
What is a Saṃskāra 15
Sixteen Saṃskāra in Hindu Dharma 15
Four Āśramas in Hindu Dharma 17
Vivāha as a Saṃskāra 19
Seven essential Vivāha elements 22
Homah (fire offering)
Panigrahanam (acceptance of hand)
Laja-homah (puffed grain offering)
Agni-pradaksina(couple circles fire)
Asmarohanam (bride steps on stone)
Saptapadih (seven steps)
Dhruva arundhati saptarsi darsanam (viewing of Pole star)
The ceremony steps, symbolism 24
Chapter 3 Hindu Vivāha Saṃskāra - the complete ceremony 39
Prastavikam (preamble)
1-A Vadhu-jyestha-agamanam (arrival of bride's elders)
1-B Vara-jyestha-agamanam (arrival of groom's elders)
2-A Vara-agamanam (groom's arrival)
2-B Vara-pujanam (puja of groom as Vishnu)
3-A Kanya-agamanam (bride's arrival)
3-B Vadhu-pujanam (puja of bride as Lakshmi)
4 Vivaha-vidhih (wedding ceremony)
4-A Sri ganesa-pujanam (puja of ganesa)
4-B Punyaha vacanam (auspicious day declaration)
4-C Sankalpah (declaration of objective/intent & gotra)
4-D Kankana-bandhanam (tying thread to wrists)
5-A Paraspara sammatih (mutual consent, N. American addition)
5-B Kanya-danam (giving away bride)
6-A Mangalastakam (8 verses)
6-B Aksataropanam (showering rice mix on heads)
6-C Mangalya-tantu-bandhanam (tying necklace)
6-D Kunkum-aropanam (applying red powder)
6-E Anguliyaka-pradanam (gift of ring to groom)
6-F Vadhu-vara-vastra-bandhanam (tying the knot)
7-A Panigrahanam
7-B Vivahahomah (wedding fire ceremony)
7-C Pradhanahomah (main fire ceremony)
7-D Laja-homah; Agni-pradaksina; Asmarohanam
7-E Saptapadih (traditional, groom only)
7-F Saptapadi (alternative, joint)
7-G Dhruva-arundhati-saptarsi-smaranam
8 Asirvacanam (collective blessings)
Chapter 4 Hindu/non-Hindu interfaith marriages 113
Chapter 5 Logistics 123
Mehendi/Sangita/Garba (henna & music party)
Pre-wedding puja (sometimes gauri-hara)
Wedding ceremony
Muhurta (auspicious day/time)
Venue choice/fire regulations
Ceremony steps
Stage & Mandapa (tent)
Audio video recording
Dress code
Review of logistics
Appendix A Hindu Vivāha Saṃskāra steps - table 129
Appendix B book references 131
Appendix C Ślokas composed by Śrī Dātāra 133
Appendix D the Saṃskāra of acceptance of Hindu Dharma 135
Appendix E Glossary 157
Appendix F regional social customs 161

Edition Notes

Copyright Date 2011


Library of Congress BL1226.82 .M3

The Physical Object

Format Paperback
Number of pages 161

ID Numbers

Open Library OL25414013M
ISBN 10 0979350131
ISBN 13 9780979350139
OCLC/WorldCat 772457120

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