saptapadi

Saptapadi                                                                                                                                                                                              

As per the vedic scriptures, friendship between a man and a woman develop after walking seven steps together.

‘प्राहु: सप्‍तपदं मैत्रं बुधा: तत्‍वार्थदर्शिन: ।

 

No wonder the ritual of saptapadi is accorded a very special importance in the hindu style of weddings. “Saptapadi”  Or “Seven Steps” signifies seven vows that a couple take on the day of their marriage. This is one of the most important rituals of the hindu marriage traditions. The couple takes these steps together after tying the Mangalsutra or Thali (sacred thread). Once the Mangalsutra is tied to the bride, the newly weds, take vows around the sacred fire (hom kund) as their witness. Each step or vow has a significance and the newly weds invoke the gods to shower their blessings while they complete the saptapadi.

The Seven Steps

  • With the first step, the couple invokes the Gods for plentitude of food.
  • With the second step, the couple prays to the Gods to give them both mental and physical strength and a healthy life free from ailments.
  • The third step is for the fulfilment of spiritual obligation for the couple and for the successful performance of their spiritual duties.
  • The fourth step is for the attainment of happiness in all walks of life.
  • The fifth step is to pray for the welfare of all living entities in the entire Universe.
  • The sixth step is for bountiful seasons all over the world.
  • The seventh step is taken invoking the prayer and sacrifice for universal peace.

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