Hinduism is probably the world's oldest ongoing religion, with sacred texts dated at about 3000 B.C. One of the most sacred of ceremonies, a Hindu wedding combines many of those timeless rituals and customs.
The Hindu marriage is for eternal, according to the Vedas, the oldest compilation of Hindu scriptures. It's purposed to bind two people together so they can fulfill their dharma or obligation, together. They give themselves up to moksha at the end of their lives, the true spiritual redemption and the completion of their rebirth cycles. In Hinduism, true love in definition is being reborn with your soulmate in each cycle of reincarnation so that you may both be together forever.
A recent scenario that happened in Malaysia, raised a serious question:
Can Hindu wedding carried out online during this pandemic?
On April 18, in a first for the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi), a Muslim couple had solemnized their marriage in an akad nikah ceremony held via video conference. Therefore, there is some discussions going on foreseeing opportunity for Hindu weddings to be held via online or video calls.
However, Malaysia Hindu Sangam president RS Mohan Shan said unlike Muslims, Hindus have to undergo marriage customs and rituals which must be done face-to-face.
According to Mohan, Hindu rituals such as the groom tying yellow thread around the bride, circling the fire seven times and seeking the blessing of both parents are customs which have to be done face-to-face. “But if you follow traditional Hindu customs, there are things that cannot be done online. Although the marriage is recognised by JPN, as long as it does not conform to Hindu custom, it is not regarded as a formal union,” he told Free Malaysia Today(FMT).
Hindu wedding have many rituals and traditions ( in no specific orders - some ritual may differ depending on the ethnic origin ):
- Graha Shanti, Ganesh Pooja, Mehendi, Nalangu and similar rituals (pre wedding).
- Arrival of Bride & Groom to Manavarai, followed by priest chanting of religious quotes.
- Tying the Thali.
- Agni and Saptapadi.
- More prayers and rituals from close relatives
Most of the Hindus have their own variations on the basic Hindu ceremony. Jain, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Kashmiri, and Bengali ceremonies will all have their own unique customs that make Hindu weddings so special.
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