Hindu Arya Samaj

Arya Samaj was founded in Mumbai, India,on 10th April 1875,by a Sanyasi(renouncer) named Maharishi Swami Dayananda Saraswati, It ia an Organisation of noble people(Aryas), who follow the Veda (the Word of God passed on to the mankind in the begining).

The motto of the Arya Samaj taken from the Vedas is as follows- Make all men Aarya (noble and cultured). *Let noble thoughts come from all quarters. Maharshi Swami Dayananda Saraswati denied all non-Vedic beliefs so Arya Samaj condemns animal sacrifices, idolatry, ancestor worship, priestcraft, the caste system,inequality of women, the sati system for widows, untouchability and child marriages.

It aims to be an universal organisation based on the authority of the Vedas.The Arya Samaj has set up schools and missionary organisations all over the world. The Arya Samaj, was formed, not as a new religion, but as a coming together of noble minded people who believed in Vaidik Satya Sanatana Dharma which is called "Hinduism".Maharishi Swami Dayanand brought before the people, the light of Vedic Wisdom which has been hidden during the centuries of India's thraldom."

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 Rituals

The 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)

Pre-Wedding Rituals

Sangeet Party

This 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.

Mehndi

The Mehndi ceremony is also women's celebration at the bride's home,on the previous evening of the wedding day.Paste of turmeric and sandalwood powder is applied to the Bride,as a symbol of purification.Mehndi,in different designs is applied on the hands of the bride and all the present ladies.It is celebrated with refreshments.

Brahmbhoj

In the morning of wedding day,16 Brahmins are given food which is served by the family members.

Wedding Rituals

The wedding ceremony is conducted in an Arya Samaj hall.The bride garlands the groom first and washes his feet, hands and face.Then the bride applies a mixture of curd, ghee and honey into the cupped palms of the groom.The groom scatters the mixture in all directions and consumes the remains,which is an ayurvedic medicine for digestion.

Thread Ceremony

This is performed by wearing a sacred thread by worshipping the fire(yagnya) and Gayatri Mantras are chanted.

Kanya Daan

The parents of the bride hand over their daughter her new family, the mantras from the Vedas are recited by the priests. They seek the blessings of those present so that the married life is successful.

Pratigya Mantra

The groom and bride hold the hands and take their wedding vows. The couple walk around the fire at the end of this ceremony.

Shilarohan

The 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.

Parikrama

The 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.

Kesh Mochan

The groom groom leaves the bride's hair cascade down freely by reciting a mantra assuring her of never doing anything to hurt her and leave her away from him.

Saptapadi

The 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.

Suryadarshan

The couple worship the sun.
Hriday Sparsh.
The couple touch each other's hearts and promise to be tender-hearted and gentle with each other.

Sindoor Daan

The groom fills the parting of the bride's hair with sindoor or vermilion.

Dhruv Darshan

The newly-weds view the Dhruv Star. The Pole Star is important as it symbolises constancy - a virtue that's important in every marriage. They also view two stars of the Great Bear constellation - Arundhati and Vasisth. These stars, never viewed separately, symbolise togetherness.

Posting Wedding Rituals

Reception

The reception is usually held at a banquet hall or in the wedding hall itself. It is an occasion for blessing the couple and sharing a meal with them.

Bidai

The parents of the bride sees of their daughter with the blessings of her happy married life and logevity,properity of her husband.