Most people understand the Indian custom of taking seven vows ( Saptpadh in Sanskritic language, sapt means seven and padh means foot) by bride and groom at the time of wedding. As a blogger I have been reading lots of articles regarding Indian marriages, rites, rituals and regarding the seven vows and their prominence in Indian wedding. These seven promises are made by bride and groom by walking round the holy fire place (havankund) with the pandit (bramhin) chanting the Veda mantras within the background and isn’t solely witnessed by thousands of relatives but additionally by the gods and goddesses who are invoked onto the mandap (stage of marriage) by the pandits.
At the start of the ritual the holy fire place (havankund) is lit with fire, the havankund comprise of wood, ghee and cow manure. The pandits now explains the utilization of wood, ghee and manure are burnt in fire. Scientifically it’s proven that combustion of wood and ghee generate gasses that defend the ozone layer, thousands of years agone itself hindu pandits found that nature is the main supply of survival hence to help nature back by filling tiny gaps in ozone layer this ritual has come up.
Many people have a doubt that why the couple walks round the fire but not around the other components of life. There are 5 parts of life (panch-maha-bhoot or panch-tatva) wind, water, fire, earth and sky with that the human body is believed to be created. Here is that the reason why fire is main – fire is a factor which bonds the couple for the rest of life and it’s solely factor that may separate them i.e., once an individual is dead he/she is burnt of mound of wood according to hindu rituals. So it’s fire that bonds a couple until the eternity and its fire that’s separates them. This shows that a marriage is inseparable and are joined by the Gods. In Hindu culture there’s nothing called as divorce, if individuals follow the seven vows that are taken by marriage at the time of wedding they’re going to stick together with happiness for the rest of their life.
Now it is time for seating arrangement before the seven vows are taken the bride sit to the right hand side of groom. The vedas are so specific about the seating position and the couple are made to take a seat in an exceedingly manner that they get the most blessings from nature and all its forms. After the vows the bride shifts to the left side of groom, this symbolises that currently she is near his heart. So fantastic right every little factor in a Hindu wedding has its own significance, when understood them it leaves us mouths opened.
Now the bride and groom are asked to stand and make seven rounds (Satphere) or (7 pheras) around havankund (holy fire). With every round the bride and groom takes a promise. so we’ve got come to the main part here are the seven promises taken by bride and groom – Indian Marriages, Hindu Marriages
First round and initial Vow by bride and groom:
Now that we have taken the primary step our love has become firm and I can do anything for her and for family welfare.
I will take up the responsibilities of home, food and finances, I hereby take all the responsibilities for the welfare of family.
“In the primary round, the couple prays to God for lots of nourishing food. They pray to God to let them walk together so that they will get food.”
Second round and Second Vow by Indian Bride, Groom:
I will protect the bride and our family with all my strength in the name of god.
At all the times I shall fill his heart by strength and courage. I’ll be with him all the time in good and hard situations.
“The couple prays to God for a healthy and prosperous life. They ask for the physical, spiritual and mental health from God.”
Third round and Third Vow by Bride and Groom:
I settle for you as my wife and promise to be prosperous and wealthy as a couple. I also wish good up-coming for our children.
I accept you as my husband and every man in my life is secondary to me.
“The couple prays to God for wealth. They ask God for the strength so that they can share the happiness and pain together.”
Fourth round and Fourth Vow by Bride and Groom:
I confess that she has brought sanity and auspiciousness in my life. I pray to god to bless us with good and healthy children and grant them long life.
I promise to acquire happiness with faith, respect and mutual understanding.
“In the fourth round the couple prays to God for the increase in love and respect for each other and their respective families.”
Fifth round and Fifth Vow by Bride and Groom:
I accept you as my best friend and will take care of you and our kids all the time.
I promise to honour you with all the love and respect. I pray to god for beautiful and noble kids.
“The bride and groom together pray for the beautiful, heroic and noble kids from God in the fifth step.”
Sixth round and sixth vow by bride and groom:
I wish for your (bride’s) happiness all the time.
I commit to stand by your side all the time.
“The couple prays for bountiful seasons and seeks that they’ll undergo these seasons together, just as they’d share their joys and sorrows.”
Seventh round and seventh vow by bride and groom:
I promise the bride that walking the last and seventh step along with her, our love and companionship became eternal. Now you have been completely mine and I offer my self to you.
I promise that you have become my spouse by the law of god, holy fire. I said this out of pure heart, all the angels are here to witness this fact. I’ll ne’er deceive or let you down.
“They pray for a life of understanding, loyalty, unity and companionship not just for themselves but also for the peace of the universe.”