Importance Of Saath Phere In Indian Weddings

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PhereAn Indian wedding is a symbol of purity, union of two different people, community and culture. All the Hindu weddings carry out similar rituals with slight difference. Each ritual that is carried out in a Hindu wedding has some meaning. The most important of all Hindu marriage rituals is “SAPTAPADI” referring to “SAAT PHERE” in general Hindi now-a-days. This ritual is the core of the whole marriage ceremony and couple is considered as married just by performing this ritual aloneSome older person of the family ties a knot with one end of the bride’s clothing and one end of the groom’s clothing. Then they stand up to take seven rounds around the fire [called the Agni Kund in Hindi] one by one. These rounds are taken as the priest reads certain Sanskrit Shloks to bless the couple.

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“Fire” Or Agni is considered as Very pure and sanctified. Also, the Qualities of fire are such that, no matter how many times it is lit, yet it remains “immortal” and “young forever”. This is why I have seen people in almost all major religion of the world – Hindus, Muslims, Christians, and Buddhist and more… all use fire in one way or the other for their worship. Amazing!! How fire is considered important by multiple beliefs systems.

Fire is considered to be so pure, immortal, young and sanctified, it is used as a symbol for the couple to solemnize their marriage with the seven promises. This is called “Agni Sakshi” which means “fire is the witness”. The promises thus made are considered to be immortal and the couple is expected to be MOST truthful and honest to each other in making these promises.

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According to Hindu Marriages  the saat vachan are:

SAPTAPADI PHERA 1:

Blessing for nourishing food and noble and respectful life.

PHERA 1: Bridegroom’s vow/promise:

“Om esha ekapadi bhava iti prathaman”.

I will love, cherish and provide for you and our children. You will support me and offer me food.

PHERA 1: Bride’s vow/promise:

“Dhanam dhanyam pade vadet”

I will honor you. I take upon myself the responsibilities of the house and children.

SAPTAPADI PHERA 2:

Pray for strength (physical and mental). Also pray for a peaceful and healthy life

PHERA 2: Bridegroom’s vow/promise:

“Om oorje jara dastayaha”

The groom promises to support his wife forever. Together we will defend our family and home.

PHERA 2: Bride’s vow/promise:

“Kutumburn rakshayishyammi sa aravindharam”

Bride vows to stand side by side with her husband in protecting their family and home.

SAPTAPADI PHERA 3:

Pray for prosperity and wisdom. Also pray for religious and spiritual strength and reaffirm their commitment to each other.

PHERA 3: Bridegroom’s vow/promise:

“Om rayas Santu joradastayaha”

The groom promises to work for the prosperity of his family. The groom also promises to be faithful to his wife and lead a spiritual life.

PHERA 3: Bride’s vow/promise:

“Tava bhakti as vadedvachacha”

The bride promises to be faithful to her husband and to support him.

SAPTAPADI PHERA 4:

Pray for the happiness of the couple

PHERA 4: Bridegroom’s vow/promise:

“Om mayo bhavyas jaradastaya ha”

The groom declares his good fortune at marrying his wife. The groom prays for a happy life and good children

PHERA 4: Bride’s vow/promise:

“Lalayami cha pade vadet.”

The bride affirms that she will do her best to please her husband.

SAPTAPADI PHERA 5:

Pray for happy children and happiness for all beings

PHERA 5: Bridegroom’s vow/promise:

“Om prajabhyaha Santu jaradastayaha”

Pray for the happiness and wellbeing of our family. May we have righteous and obedient children.

PHERA 5: Bride’s vow/promise:

“Arte arba sapade vadet”

I will trust and honor you. I will be with you always.

SAPTAPADI PHERA 6:

Pray that we live in perfect harmony. May we have a long and happy life

PHERA 6: Bridegroom’s vow/promise:

May we be happy together forever.

PHERA 6: Bride’s vow/promise:

“Yajne home shashthe vacho vadet”

I will always be by your side in your endeavors.

SAPTAPADI PHERA 7:

May we always be good friends

PHERA 7: Bridegroom’s vow/promise:

“Om sakhi jaradastayahga.”

With this last Phera we forever belong to each other.

PHERA 7: Bride’s vow/promise:

“Attramshe sakshino vadet pade.”

I am delighted to be your wife. May we be together forever.

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