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I recently had the honor of photographing a
. Some times I think I have one of the coolest jobs in the world! I get to document so many personal moments and different cultures. I just love Indian weddings! They are so colorful and there are so many wonderful customs that are shared with the guests and bring everyone together. While not all Indian weddings are Hindu here are a few Hindu wedding customs.
There is no single standard Hindu marriage ceremony.
Regional variations and considerable flexibility in the rituals are prevalent. The variations may be based on family traditions, local traditions, resources of the marrying families, and other factors. Some of the key rituals are performed in slightly different ways in different regions.
There are a few key rituals common in a Hindu wedding ceremony. These are
- Kanyadaan - the giving away of daughter by the father
- Panigrahana - a ritual in presence of fire, where the groom takes the bride's hand as a sign of their union
- Saptapadi - is the most important ritual. It is called the seven step ritual, where each step corresponds to a vow groom makes to bride, and a vow the bride makes to groom. The vows are pronounced in Sanskrit in long form, or short quicker form, sometimes also in the language of the groom and bride. In many weddings, Saptapadi is performed near a fire; and after each of the seven oaths to each other, the groom and bride perform the ritual of agnipradakshinam - walk around the fire, with part of each other's clothing tied to each other. The fire is a form of yajna - a vedic ritual where fire is the divine witness (to the marriage). After Saptapadi, the couple are considered husband and wife.
This particular couple I did their wedding photographer could not have been more kind or more gracious. It was such an honor to be their wedding photographer on their wedding day.
I want to congrats to this wonderful couple!
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