SAPTAPADI -THE SEVEN MARITAL VOWS

I have been watching Zeeworld series for a while and I am completely enthralled by the pictures and the elaborate celebrations put forward.

I have come to discover that; not one series is complete without a Marriage ceremony. I also got to realize that the ceremony was only considered to be complete when the couple had walked round the fire 7 times!

This piqued my curiosity and I decided to know what these “seven vows taken with the Holy fire as witness” signified.

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I checked Google and found this;

THE FIRST VOW

For the First Vow, the Groom promises: “om esha ekapadi bhava iti prathaman” meaning ‘You will offer me food and be helpful in every way. I will cherish you and provide welfare and happiness for you and our children’. The bride complies in return:“dhanam dhanyam pade vadet” ‘I am responsible for the home and all household, food and finance responsibilities’. Concisely, the bride and groom promise each other prosperity by fulfilling their respective roles in their lives.

THE SECOND VOW

For the Second Vow the groom says: “om oorje jara dastayaha”, meaning ‘Together we will protect our house and children’. The Bride in return promises “kutumburn rakshayishyammi sa aravindharam”, which translates as ‘I will be by your side as your courage and strength. I will rejoice in your happiness. In return, you will love me solely’. 

THE THIRD VOW

During the Third Vow, the Groom says, “om rayas santu joradastayaha” by which he means ‘May we grow wealthy and prosperous and strive for the education of our children and may our children live long.’ In return the Bride promises, “tava bhakti as vadedvachacha”, meaning ‘I will love you solely for the rest of my life, as you are my husband. Every other man in my life will be secondary. I vow to remain chaste’. 

THE FOURTH VOW

During the Fourth Vow, the Groom declares “om mayo bhavyas jaradastaya ha” by which he means ‘You have brought sacredness into my life, and have completed me. May we be blessed with noble and obedient children’ In return for this promise, the Bride says “lalayami cha pade vadet”, by which she means, ‘I will shower you with joy, from head to toe. I will strive to please you in every way I can’.

THE FIFTH VOW

For the Fifth Vow, the Groom says, “om prajabhyaha santu jaradastayaha”, which means ‘You are my best friend, and staunchest well-wisher. You have come into my life, enriching it. God bless you’. To this the Bride says, “arte arba sapade vadet” or ‘I promise to love and cherish you for as long as I live. Your happiness is my happiness, and your sorrow is my sorrow. I will trust and honor you, and will strive to fulfill all your wishes’.

THE SIXTH VOW

During the Sixth Vow, the Groom asks, “Rutubhyah shat padi bhava” which means ‘Now that you have taken six steps with me, you have filled my heart with immense happiness. Will you do the kindness of filling my heart with happiness like this for all times?’ to this the Bride replies, “yajna hom shashthe vacho vadet” meaning ‘I will always be by your side’.

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THE SEVENTH VOW

For the Last and Seventh Vow, the Groom says “Om sakhi jaradastayahga”, by which he proclaims ‘We are now husband and wife, and are one. You are mine and I am yours for eternity.’ The Bride accepts this proclamation and says “Attramshe sakshino vadet pade”, which means ‘As God is witness, I am now your wife. We will love, honor and cherish each other forever.’

After these seven vows, they are pronounced husband and wife!

REACTIONS

  1. Now, I understand why the woman is always ‘mad’ when there is another woman in the picture
  2. Now, I understand why the woman will scream and shout if she has been married deceitfully. The Indian Men sometimes cover their face for the marriage, so in some cases (as shown in the movies), someone else replaces the groom to take the vows.
  3. I understand why society blames a woman who tries to come in between a married couple and call her; “the other woman”, “a characterless woman”, “a disgraceful woman” and other names.
  4. I understand why the couple will want such a marriage for ‘seven births’.

CONTRADICTION

In India, there are arranged marriages and love marriages.

What is scaring me now is how two total strangers (in an arranged marriage) will make such vows to one another!

CONCLUSION

Must I say I love the vows taken during the Hindu marriage? #bollywood #hindumarriage #pheras #saptapadi It reminds me that the man is the provider, I am his supporter, together in love, we will bring our children up to fulfill purpose.

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