A custom that holds utmost love and devotion for Hindu couples are the saatpheras. They are the most serious and sacred affair in an Indian marriage. Also well known as Saptadi, this custom holds the key to a happy marital life for the bride and groom. One of the most elaborate ceremonies of Indian society, the bride and groom are considered a couple after performing this ceremony. Let’s try to understand this ritual in the context ofHindu spirituality.
With all the mantras and hymns being recited in the background, it is performed around the god of fire, agni. It is believed in Hindu mythology that this sacred fire combines all the gods and goddesses, so it is imperative for the bride and groom to be a part of the ceremony. It would result in a successful and happily married life. Modern day brides and grooms take the saatpherasas they believe it holds special significance for all aspects of their life together. Each phera explains the different segments of life and how they should be conducted to enjoy a smooth and successful life. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati also consummated their marriage after taking the saatpheras. Witnessed by the whole society, it embarks the beginning of Grihasth Ashraam for the newly wedded.
A scared union of the two blessed souls, with the first pheraa couple invokes the gods to bless them with nourishing food, along with a respectful and dignified life. While the groom promises to provide wellbeing and happiness, the bride promises to equally share all responsibilities.
The second and third pheras taken by the couple explain that along with a peaceful life they should be blessed with physical and mental health. With the third phera, they promise to enjoy a union of spiritual and emotional wellness. It is also taken for wealth and prosperity, taking care of the kids, and looking after their desires.
The fourth phera is a prayer by the couple asking the gods to give them strength and ability to take care of their family and maintain the dignity and closeness of the family. The groom expresses his undying love for the bride and promises to bring peace, while the bride promises to love him in his thick and thin times. The fifth phera seeks blessings for good children and a promise to offer good teachings and right upbringing.
The sixth and seventh pheras in this sacred union are meant for a peaceful long life with a humble prayer to god for good companionship, understanding, mutual respect and love between themselves. They also pray for a healthy and illness free existence. After tying the knot in this devout ceremony, the couple is blessed as husband and wife. They are then asked to take blessings from the elders. Recent Posts Why Sangeet Ceremony Adds an Extravaganza to Your Wedding? Significance and Importance of Gauri Puja in South Indian Wedding Tips to Improve your Reception Photo Plan your Time with Makeup Artist to set Wedding Schedule on Course Top Tips to follow in a Happy Intercultural Marriage