The Vedic Wedding Ceremony !! Part IV !

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
courtesy: (Oppiliappan Koil Sri Varadachari Sadagopan Swami)

Step 4: Mangala Snânam and  wearing Wedding clothes by the bride

Five Veda mantras are recited to sanctify the bride in preparation for the subsequent stages of the marriage. This aspect of the marriage is known as Mangala Snanam. The Lord Surya, Lord Varuna, and other deities are invoked to purify the bride in the preparation for a harmonious married life.  The bride wears the marriage clothes to the accompaniment of additional Veda mantras. The bridegroom then ties a darbha rope around her waist  and leads her to the place where the sacred fire is located for conducting the rest of the marriage ceremony. The bride and the groom sit on a new Bamboo mat in front of the fire. The groom recites three mantras which invoke the deities Soma, Gandharva and Agni to bestow with strength, beauty, and everlasting youth on the bride.

Jai Sriman Narayana !!


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