Marriage is regarded as a sacred bond between two families in India. The trend of Arya samaj marriage in Delhi is gaining pace as the pandemic has made it difficult for people to organize things traditionally. That is why people opt for Arya samaj marriage.
The only downside of this is that the Arya samaj marriage certificate is only valuable inside the national territories, which means that you cannot use your Arya samaj marriage certificate as proof in case you ever visit a foreign nation.
All things considered, it is a viable and effective alternative to the big fat Indian weddings. Before we discuss the procedure, let us walk through the details that make an individual eligible for an Arya samaj marriage.
Eligibility Criteria for Arya Samaj Marriage
- The minimum age of the groom must be 21 and the bride must be 18 years of age.
- You can only perform an Arya samaj marriage if you are a Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, or Jain.
- People from other regions can also perform or participate in an Arya samaj marriage except for Muslims, Parsis, Jews, and Christians. Arya samaj mandir also offers inter-caste marriages and inter-religious marriages.
- All other non-Hindu personnel can also marry within the Arya samaj mandir, but first, they'll have to go through the process of Shuddhi, a process where the samaj allows them to convert their religion. Any individual of any religion can convert into the Hindu religion only out of their free will and the samaj will only allow them to marry once they have converted to Hinduism.
Wedding rituals and procedure in Arya Samaj marriages in Delhi
An Arya samaj marriage takes around 1-2 hours to complete the entire marriage. Given below are some of the wedding rituals that are performed during an Arya samaj marriage.
- You need to submit the required papers and book for an Arya samaj marriage in advance.
- The mandir will give you an appropriate date for the marriage once the registration has been done successfully.
- With the enchantment of the Vedic hymn, the staff of the mandir begins the marriage rituals. The pandit of the mandir then explains the mantra. Now the bride and the groom perform the garland exchange ritual where the bride garlands the groom first. This is followed by the washing of the feet, face, and hand. Then comes the ritual of madhupark se satkar where the groom has to consume curd, ghee, and honey.
- The next ritual begins with the groom wearing a sacred thread while the yagna begins.
- The holy rounds around the fire are taken after the KanyaDaan is observed.
- The ritual of KanyaDaan is followed by the 'pratigya mantra’. This is followed by the vow taking ritual where the bride and groom hold hands to take their wedding vows.
- Now the groom recites the mantras while the brother of the bride places her foot on a stone. The ritual is called shilarohan.
- This ritual is followed by parikramas around the fire that is done by the bride and the groom four times.
- Now, the hair of the bride is undone gently. This ritual goes by the name of kesh mochan.
- The saptpadi, better known as the seven circles around the fire are now observed.
- Now the bride and the groom teach each other's hearts and promise each other that they will always remain tender-hearted and gentle towards each other. The bride and groom then look upon the pole star, better known as the Dhruva tara.
The completion of these rituals marks the beginning of a new relationship in Arya samaj Marriages.
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