Hindu Arya Samaj
Marriage & Gotras
The Principles of the Arya Samaj*God is the primary cause of all Spiritual and Physical Sciences. *God is formless, eternal, holy, and Creator of the Universe. *The Vedas are the scriptures of true knowledge.So all Aryas must read , hear and recite them to others. *One should always be prepared to accept truth and reject untruth. *All actions should be performed with the due consideration of the right and wrong. *To improve the physical,spiritual and social well-being of all mankind is the main objective of the Arya Samaj, *All people should be treated with love, fairness and due regard for their merit. *One should always promote knowledge and dispel ignorance. *One should also think of the welfare of others.
List of Hindu Gotras
The Arya Samaj Wedding RitualsThe Arya Samaj wedding rituals are few, but rich in significance, The vedic mantra chanted during the process are explained to the couple so that the significance is not lost on them. The Arya Samaj wedding is open for all religions to have an Arya Samaj wedding. The pre and post-wedding ceremonies are performed as per the cultural background of the couple.The wedding is witnessed by the fire god and marks the transition of the couple from Brahmacharya ashram (befor e marriage) to Grihastashram (the married stage)
Sangeet PartyThis is a music session that is celebrated by the bride, few days prior to the wedding,specially with bride's girl friends and female relatives. Wedding songs and dances are performed during the sangeet party.
BrahmbhojIn the morning of wedding day,16 Brahmins are given food which is served by the family members.
Thread CeremonyThis is performed by wearing a sacred thread by worshipping the fire(yagnya) and Gayatri Mantras are chanted.
Pratigya MantraThe groom and bride hold the hands and take their wedding vows. The couple walk around the fire at the end of this ceremony.
ShilarohanThe bride's brother places her foot on a stone, while the groom recites mantras.By doing this the brother expresses the wish that marriage be as firm and steady as the rock on which he has placed his sister's foot.He offers his sister puffed rice to assure that she has been brought up by her parents like the rice husk and must now be replanted in another home to blossom and mature.
ParikramaThe couple go around the sacred fire four times.The bride prays for the healthy, happy marital relationship. The groom makes a promise to be reverential and respectful towards all women.
SaptapadiThe edge of bride's saree and the groom's shawl are tied together. The saptapadikriya of taking seven steps by the couple signify their seven needs ie nourishment, strength,wealth obtained through honest means, good health, progeny, good luck and a loving relationship.Later on the elders of the family sprinkle water on the couple as an advise to them to be calm and good-tempered at all times.
SuryadarshanThe couple worship the sun.
The couple touch each other's hearts and promise to be tender-hearted and gentle with each other.