There’s beauty in simplicity, this is something you’ll see very evidently in an Arya Samaj Marriage. The Arya Samaj Weddings are very different compared to the other forms of weddings. They have simple marriage procedures and high spiritual quotient with no expense like other marriages. This community which was initially founded by Swami Dayanand Saraswati sincerely believed Hinduism to be the ‘original’ religion and that conversions accounted for the spread of other religions from Hinduism, and has hence demolished caste system and dowry system for this community.
Here’s Everything you need to know about Arya Samaj Procedures and Rituals..
Arya Samaj Marriage Rules and Eligibility
- The groom must be at least 21 and bride’s age must be 18.
- Anyone who is Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs can perform Arya Samaj Marriage procedures.
- Anyone who is not Muslims, Christians, Parsis or Jews can also perform Arya Samaj Marriage.
- Inter-Caste Marriages and Inter-Religious Marriages can be performed in an Arya Samaj Marriage provided none of the marrying parties is Muslims, Christians, Parsis or Jews.
- If a Non-Hindu couple would like to perform an Arya Samaj Marriage, a conversion process called Shuddhi must be performed first. Muslims, Christians, Parsis or Jews, if out of their free will and consent are ready to convert and embrace Hindu Religion, the Arya Samaj Mandir perform a ritual called ‘Shuddhi’ meaning purification. After such a conversion, the couple can perform an Arya Samaj Marriage.
Arya Samaj Marriage Fees and Location
Both parties need to be Hindu to be eligible for an Arya Samaj Mandir Wedding and also follow all the Arya Samaj Marriage rules to perform an Arya Samaj Mandir marriage. If the couple fulfils the above criteria they can directly contact an Arya Samaj location to discuss the Arya Samaj marriage fees and wedding dates. Arya Samaj wedding fees are cost-efficient and are comparatively lesser than a traditional Hindu wedding. For eg for a couple from Maharashtra, Total Arya samaj marriage fee will be Rs. 5100/-. The booking amount is Rs. 1000/- and the rest of the amount to be paid on decided date. To carry forward the Arya Samaj marriage procedures, you can either choose your own wedding location or they can arrange the wedding in their own location.
Arya Samaj Marriage Certificate Validity
The Arya Samaj Marriage certificate validity is a legal marriage document ONLY in India. You can register you Arya Samaj Mandir Marriage under the Hindu Marriage Act in India, with the Arya Samaj Mandir Marriage certificate and wedding pics, to get a legal marriage certificate from any court In India. The legal marriage certificate will then be valid in all countries.
Arya Samaj Rituals
The Arya Samaj Weddings may not have the long list of traditional hindu rituals but Arya Samaj Weddings do a unique set of rituals that are performed with a lot of passion and enthusiasm. As they don’t believe in Idol worship, Arya Samaj Mandir Marriage by chanting Vedic mantras in the presence of fire and other elements that are witnesses to the wedding. Based on Vedic principles, the mantras that are chanted during the ceremony are translated into a language understandable to the couple. This is done so that the couple can relate to the meaning and significance of the mantras and apply them to their married life.
Arya Samaj Mandir Weddings are different from the traditional Hindu wedding as it does not involve extravagant rituals and the ceremony is relatively short. The wedding ceremony last for an hour and the expenses made at the wedding, compared to a traditional hindu wedding, is minimal. As a matter of fact, there are no pre-wedding functions.
To symbolize a happy and prosperous married life, the first Arya Samaj Wedding ritual to take place at the arrival of the bride and groom is enchantment of the holy Vedic hymns and its explanation by Pandit Ji. Then comes the garland exchange ritual, where, the bride garlands the groom first. ‘Madhuparka’ is a mixture of honey, curds and cream. The ritual starts with the bride giving the groom water three times, which he then sprinkles on his feet, over his body and drinks it on the third time. Similarly, the groom then repeats the same ritual three times and then after offering the mixture to the almighty God, the groom eats the Prasadam.
2. Yagna and Kanyadaan
In this Arya Samaj Wedding ritual, Yagna begins with the groom wearing a sacred thread. Then Kanyadaan is the ritual of the father of the bride placing his daughter’s hand in the hands of the groom. This ritual symbolizes that the father henceforth hands the responsibilities of his daughter to her husband.
In Arya Samaj Weddings, as they do not believe in idol worship, the fire burning at the center of the mandap, serves as the holy witness. The pujari or gurukul, brings along the elements that are needed for performing the wedding rites.
4. Pani Grahan Sanskar
The Bride and the Groom perform this ritual together by holding hands and chanting mantras promising to love and care for each other and their needs, throughout their lives. After this, the bride and the groom together, take one ‘parikrama’ around the holy fire.
In this Arya Samaj Wedding ritual, the brides mother other places the brides right foot on a stone while the groom chants mantras given by the pandit. The symbolism of this ritual specifies a strong and solid relation between the bride and the groom, just like the rock. This ritual also represents a prayer made by the couple to strengthen their relation so that together they can face life’s challenges and temptations.
The ritual that follows Shilarohan is Lajahom. This ritual consists of offering Murmura or puffed rice into the agni. Here, the bride and groom place their hand in hands and the brother of the bride pours puffed rice into them which is then offered into the holy fire.
7. Phere or Parikrama
After performing all the above rituals the bride and groom now have to take 4 rounds around the agni or holy fire. The end of the bride’s sari and grooms ‘angavastra’ is tied in three knots by the groom’s sister and the phere are witnessed by the holy fire.
8. Saptapadi and Hriday Sparsh Mantra
After the phere, seven steps or ‘Saptapadi’ are taken by the couple followed by one circle around the fire. Here, the couple walk along side, hand in hand. The bride and groom also perform the Hriday Sparsh mantra ritual. Here the couple touch each other’s hearts and promise to be loyal to each other.
9. Sindoor and Mangalsutra
The final ritual is for the groom to apply sindoor on the rides forehead and also tie a mangalsutra around her neck. They feed each other sweets and promise to henceforth care and cherish each other. The arya samaj wedding ends with the couple where the newly-weds view the Dhruv or the Pole Star and then take blessings from the elders.
So that’s it, Everything you need to know about Arya Samaj Marriage Procedures. The rituals of an Arya Samaj marriage might be lesser compared to the traditional Hindu wedding, but it’s just as beautiful and captivating.