The Vedic Wedding Ceremony !! Part XII !

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Step 12: Prâviśya Homam

Courtesy: (Oppiliappan Koil Sri Varadachari Sadagopan Swami)

The ritual known as Prâviśya Homam is performed by the couple to the accompaniment of thirteen mantras from the Rg Veda. Jayadi Homam is also part of the Prâviśya Homam. This Homam offers the salutations by newly married couple to  Lord Agni and pray for strength to discharge the duties of a Grihasthas for the next one hundred years. As a next step,  the bride shifts her position from the right side of her husband to his left and once again recites a Veda mantra invoking the gods for blessings of children and wealth to perform the duties of a householder.

At the end of the above homam, a child is placed on the lap of the bride and she offers a fruit to the child while reciting a prescribed Veda mantra. Yet another mantram asks the assembled guests to bless the bride and then retire to their own individual homes peacefully.  During the first evening of the stay in her new home, the couple see the stars known as Dhruva (pole star) and Arundhati, husband points out the pole star and prays for the strength and stability of the household through a Veda mantra and also points out the Arundhati star to his wife and describes to her  the story of Arundhati and her legendary chastity.

The rich and meaningful ceremony of the Hindu marriage (Kalyâṇa Mahotsavam of the temples) is thus carried out in concert with sacred Veda Mantras. The bride and bridegroom should enunciate clearly the Veda mantras and reflect on their meanings during the different stages of the marriage ceremony. In this way, they can be sure of a long, happy and prosperous married life and play their appropriate role in society to the fullest extent. Srinivasa Kalyanam is performed in the temples to remind us of these ancient Vedic traditions behind a Hindu marriage.

lokâḥ samastâḥ sukhino bhavantu |
sarvamangaḷâni santu ||

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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