When we were small kids we all must have gone to many weddings where in the Phera ceremony (Sacred Vows of Hindu Marriage) we must have seen brides and grooms circling around pious Agni seven times and a pundit pronouncing some mantras, about which we were totally unknown what he was pronouncing and what was the meaning of them. And one of the main questions that always erupted in our minds was that why they were circling around the pious Agni seven times.
And still, we are until or unless we get married and a pundit tells us the meaning and significance of all those Hindu wedding mantras and significance of Saath Pheras according to Hindu marriage traditions. What is the significance of Saath Pheras and what is the importance of the Sanskrit mantras that are pronounced during the Phera ceremony?(Sacred Vows of Hindu Marriage) We are going to tell you all about them.
The Sanskrit mantras are pronounced because it is considered direct blessings from Gods. It is also because the language is considered the language of God. And it has been for eons these mantras are pronounced. Hindu wedding Saath Pheras are immensely important because if they are not done, a wedding is not considered a wedding. And every phera holds a value, a promise, for which a bride and a groom should abide by.
So when the time of your wedding comes and a pundit is going to tell you the importance every phera, how surprising it would be for him if you tell the significance of all these pheras beforehand.
"Is Phere Main Kanya Var Se Kehti Hain Ki Aap Kabhi Tirth Yatra Karne Jaaye to Mujhe Bhi Apne Saath Lekar Jaaye. Aur Kuch Vrat (fast) ya Dharmik Karm Kare to Usme Mujhe Bhi Shamil Kare. Agar Ise Aap Swikar Karte Hain to Main Aapke Paas Aana Swikaar Karti Hoon."
In this first phera, bride says to groom for her involvement whether he goes to any pilgrimage or does any religious work. He should allow her to sit by his side in all these works. If groom lets so then bride agrees to come to him.
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"Dusre Vachan Main Kanya Var Se Kehti Hain Ki Jaise Aap Apne Mata Peeta Ka Samman Karte Hain, Waise Hi Mere Maata Peeta Ka Bhi Kare. Aur Parivar Ki Maryada Banaye Rakhe Aur Dharm Anusthan Karte Hue Bhagvaan Ke Bhakt Bane Rahe Hain. Agar Ise Aap Maante Hain to Main Aapke Paas Ana Swikar Karti Hoon."
In this second phera, bride says to groom that as you honor your parents, you should honor mine. And according to family’s principles should do religious work becoming a devotee of God. If you admit to this, I come to you.
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"Thisre Vachan Main Kanya Var Se Kehti Hain Ki Aap Mujhe Jeevan Ki Teeno Avasthayo Main Mera Palan Karte Rahege. Agar Aap Ise Swikar Karte Hain to Main Aapke Paas Aana Swikar Karti Hoon."
In this third Phera bride says to groom that you should be honoring me in all the three stages of age as; Youth, Mature and Old. If you submit to this, then I come to you.
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"Chote Phere Main Kanya Var Se Kehti Hain Ki Aane Wale Samay Main Parivar Ki Puri Jimmedari Aapki Hain. Agar Aap is Jimmedari Ko Pura Karna Swikar Karte Hain, to Main Aapke Paas Aana Swikar Karti Hoon."
In this fourth Phera, bride says to groom that you should bear the responsibility of whole family. If you can then I come to you.
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"Panchve Phere Main Kanya Var Se Kehti Hain Ki Apne Ghar Ke Karyo, Jaise Vivah, Lain-Dain Aur Kisi Aur Karyo Ke Liye Paise Kharch Karte Samay Aap Meri Raay Leve to Main Aapke Paas Aana Swikar Karti Hoon."
In this fifth phera, bride says to groom for her involvement in financial matters if he thinks so whether in the works of weddings, functions or any other works. If he admits to this then I admit to come to you.
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"Chatve Phere Main, Kanya Var Se Kehti Hain Ki Agar Main Apni Saheliyo Ya Anya Mahilayo Ke Saath Main Baithi Hoon to Aap Bina Kisi Karan Mera Apmaan Nahi Karege. Aur Aap Jua Aur kisi Bhi Prakar Ki Bhuraiyo Se Apne Aap Ko Door Rakhege. Agar Aap Aisa Karte Hain to Main Aana Swikar Karti Hoon."
In this sixth phera, bride says to groom that you don’t dishonor me before other women and friends if you find me sitting with them. And you also don’t indulge yourself in evil deeds and bads. If you admit to this then I come to you.
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"Is Saatve Phere Main, Kanya Var Se Kehti Hain Ki Aap Parai Aurto Ko Maa Samaan Samjhege Aur Pati-Patni Ke Aapsi Prem Ke Madhya Kisi Aur Ko Nahi Aane Dege. Agar Ye Vachan Aap Dete Hain to Main Aapke Paas Aana Swikar Kartih Hoon."
In this 7 Sacred Vows of Hindu Marriage, bride says to groom that you don’t see any girl and understand all of them as your mother. And you don’t involve others in our love. If you admit to this then I come to you.
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