The Vedic Wedding Ceremony !! Part I - A !

Jai Sriman Narayana
courtesy: (Oppiliappan Koil Sri Varadachari Sadagopan Swami)
Step 1: vâk dânam

This is the first step in a  Kanya Varanam, where the groom-to-be (brahmachari) send two elders on his behalf to the father of a girl whom he wishes to marry. The elders convey the message of the brahmachari and ask for the daughter’s hand. The two mantras in the form of brahmachari’s appeal to intercede on his behalf come from Rg 10.32.1 (“pra sugmantha…”) and 10.85.23. The first mantra begs the elders to proceed and return quickly with success on this mission on his behalf. The second mantram (“anruksharaa Rjava:…”) asks for the gods’ blessings for the elders safe journey to the house of the father of the would-be-bride. The mantra prays to Aryama and Bhaga for a marriage full of harmony. The father accedes to the request of the elders and the resulting agreement for betrothal is known as vaak daanam.

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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