The Vedic Wedding Ceremony !! Part VIII !

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Courtesy: (Oppiliappan Koil Sri Varadachari Sadagopan Swami)

Step 8: Pradhâna Homam

Immediately after sapta padi, the couple take their seat on the western side of the sacred fire to conduct Pradhâna Homam. During the Homam, the bride must place her right hand on her husband’s body so that she gets the full benefit of the Homam through symbolic participation. In total Sixteen mantras to be recited, pouring a spoon of clarified butter into the sacred fire at the end of recitation of each of the mantras.  These mantras contains  salutations to Lord Soma, Gandharva, Agni, Indra, Vayu,  Aswini Devas, Savita, Brihaspati, Viswa Devas and Varuna for blessing the couple and beseeches them to confer long wedded life with  good health, wealth, children and free from all kinds of worries. One prayer — the sixth mantra — has a sense of humor and provides deep insight into human psychology. The text of this mantra is: “daśâsyaṁ putrân dehi, patim ekâdaśaṁ kṛti”. Here, the groom asks Indra to bless the couple with ten children and requests that he be blessed to become the eleventh child of his bride at the time of old age.

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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