A custom that holds utmost love and devotion for Hindu couples is the saatpheras. They are the most serious and sacred affair in an Indian marriage. Well known as Saptadi, this custom holds the key to a happy marital life for both the bride and the groom. One of the most elaborate ceremonies of Indian society that seals both the families together will leave you awestruck with its essence.
Let’s try to understand this ritual in the context of Hindu spirituality.
With all the mantras and hymns being recited in the background, it is performed with the god of fire, Agni. It is believed in Hindu mythology that this sacred fire combines all the gods and goddesses, so it is imperative for the bride and groom to be a part of the ceremony.
It would result in a successful and happily married life. Modern day brides and grooms take the saatpheras as they believe it holds special significance for all aspects of their life. Each Phera explains different segments of life and how they should be conducted to enjoy a smooth and successful life. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati also consummated their marriage after taking the saatpheras. Witnessed by the whole society, it embarks the beginning of Grihastha Ashram for the newly wedded.
FIRST PHERA FOR EACH OTHER'S WELLBEING
Scared union of the two blessed souls, with the first phera couple invokes the gods to bless them with nourishing food, along with a respectful and dignified life. While the groom promises to provide wellbeing and happiness, the bride promises to equally share all responsibilities.
SECOND AND THIRD PHERA TO PROTECT & LOVE EACHOTHER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES
The second and third phera taken by the couple explain that along with a peaceful life they should be blessed with physical and mental health. With the third phera, they promise to enjoy a union of spiritual and emotional wellness. It is also taken for wealth and prosperity, taking care of the kids, and looking after their desires.
FOURTH PHERA FOR THE DIGNITY OF THE FAMILY
The fourth phera is a prayer by the couple asking the gods to give them strength and ability to take care of their family and maintain the dignity and closeness of the family. The groom expresses his undying love for the bride and promises to bring peace while the bride promises to love and support him through thick and thin.
FIFTH PHERA FOR A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY OF OUR OWN
The fifth phera seeks blessings for good children and a promise to offer good teachings and right upbringing.
SIXTH AND SEVENTH PHERA FOR UTMOST STRENGTH TO BE ABLE TO LOVE TILL DEATH DO US PART!
The sixth and seventh phera in this sacred union are meant for a peaceful long life with a humble prayer to god for good companionship, understanding, mutual respect and love between themselves. They also pray for a healthy and illness-free existence.
Being married to someone you love is just another way to paint your palette with fresh shades of compassion, respect and honesty.
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