Ever wondered about the significance of saat phere in a traditional Hindu wedding? Read to know more.
Indian traditional weddings are a sight to see and a time to witness the profundity of Hindu Vedic religious affairs. The Indian wedding ceremonies can extend up to a month if you follow all the traditions. It is no less than a festival in some of the Hindu communities.
As they say, a wedding in India is not only the marriage of two individuals but of two families or two clans at times. While the Indian ceremonies include many traditional ceremonies, none of the weddings is complete without the Saat phere that is the seven rounds around the holy fire.
Let’s find out the significance of saat phere in a traditional Hindu wedding:
- The first phera or round is to seek sufficient food for nourishment from God for the rest of their lives for themselves and their families ahead.
- The second phera or round is to pray to God to ensure both of their spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well-being.
- The third round or phera is to seek wealth and prosperity from God. The couple promises to stand for each other through thick and thin in life.
- The fourth phera or round is to pray to God to always maintain love and peace between them. They promise to always respect each other and to consider their opinions in any major decisions of life.
- The fifth phera or round is to pray to God, for healthy and beautiful children. They look forward to imbibing in their future kids, the good morals and aesthetics that they have carried from their respective families and carry forward their family traditions through their kids in future.
- The sixth phera or round is to seek the blessing of togetherness and peace in their lives.
- The seventh and the last phera is to seek companionship and loyalty from each other for the times to come. They promise to be with each other always and their bond shall surpass the limits of time and space. They promise to be with each other till eternity.
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The seven vows are spoken in the Sanskrit language. Since now people aren’t familiar and fluent with Sanskrit, the priest generally interprets the vows in the regional language to be understood by people.
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