The Sanctity and Purpose of Hindu Marriage

Marriage legally binds two consenting individuals in the holy bond of love and commitment. It is not just a physical unification of two partners but rather is a way of living. It is a blessed communion between two partners, sealed by the promise of being together in a forever bond. Read ahead to find out more…

The Sanctity and Purpose of Hindu Marriage

The meaning of Marriage:

Marriage is recognized as the sacred union between two partners, sharing an intimate relationship, which is legally and formally recognized by an official institution. Marriage or lack thereof, is an important event in the life of every human being. Not that marriage defines you; it sure does create a different identity of you in the society. Marriage entails responsibility to your partner, family, and society as a whole. It is an age-old tradition upheld to sanctify the relationship between two consenting partners.

What is the purpose of marriage?

Marriage is the beginning of a life-long commitment, of starting a family and of growth together as a family unit. Marriage is not just a physical but also a spiritual and emotional union. It teaches you selfless love, patience and forgiveness, honesty and trust, and most importantly the value of love and commitment. The holy grail of marriage includes companionship, passion, and purpose.

Sanctity of a Hindu Marriage:

In a Hindu tradition, marriage is the personification of union between two individuals as spouses who are about to embark upon a journey of a lifetime together. It harmonizes the union between the soul and the body and also joins the family of the two partners in the bond of holy matrimony.

In the Hindu culture, the husband and the wife are bound together through the bond of responsibility, harmony, love, and companionship, under all circumstances. The couple takes an oath that they, under no circumstances, shall depart or separate, due to the complexities in life and follow the path of Dharma, Artha and Kama (justice, finance and desire). The Vedic chant “Dharme cha Arthe cha Kame cha Nathi Charami” is a blessed sacrament, which translates roughly into the vows of the bride and the groom to not leave each other under any adverse compulsion of justice, finance and desire.

Traditional in its approach, the Hindu marriage is archaic when it comes to the rights and reservation of the bride. “Prathamo Gandharvo Vividha Uttaraha Triteeye Agnihi Thureeye Manushyajaha” means the bride is first offered to Soma, then to Gandharva, then to Agni and finally to the bridegroom.

  • Soma (Moon) blesses the bride with its qualities - patience, love, and maternal instincts.
  • Gandharvas offers their voice and harmonious music to bless the bride to communicate and converse melodiously and in a sweet manner with the husband.
  • Agni refers to the strong bonding and sexual orientation of the bride and groom.

Marriage is just not a physical unification of man and woman but an institution of sanctity that prescribes certain ways of living together until death do them apart. Marriage is a bond of longstanding, undisturbed, homogenous, and harmonious life together, irrespective of the ups and downs of their lives.

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