Every year, India celebrates over 10 million weddings. Across the globe, people believe that there are two types of weddings in the world- One is just a wedding, and another is a big fat Indian wedding. So what are the reasons that people think Indian weddings are an epitome of celebration in itself?
Well, because of the kind of grandeur and different yet unique rituals associated with them. Indian weddings are a story of joy & happiness in itself.
But, do you know the reasons behind performing hindu marriage rituals, particularly in Hindu wedding ceremonies? Do science and logic have a role to play behind these ancient customs and rituals that make an Indian wedding truly unique in the world?
The rituals have religious and astrological significance with strong scientific backing attached to them. While we all get elated and mesmerized by seeing these rituals being conducted, let’s understand their significance!
Here are the ‘Scientific’ logics behind performing the Indian wedding rituals:
No Indian wedding is complete without Mehendi. In fact, in many regions, a whole day or event is dedicated to Mehendi. This ritual is considered as a way of wishing the bride good health and prosperity. Mehndi has antibacterial properties which prevents the bride or groom’s body from any bacterial infection. It also helps in reducing stress faced by the bride and groom during the marriage.
During the Haldi ceremony, Haldi paste is applied to both the bride and groom’s body which gives natural glow to their skins. As Haldi has excellent antibacterial properties, it also removes the bacteria from the body
Taking rounds of Holy Fire-
Ignited using sandalwood and ghee, the holy fire around which a couple takes their vows has its own scientific importance as smoke emitting from it cleanses the surrounding environment by spreading positivity around the marriage.
Applying Sindoor or Vermilion-
Applied by the groom on the bride’s forehead, Sindoor or Vermilion is an inseparable part of an Hindu weddings in India. As far as the scientific reason is concerned, Sindoor is made using mercury powder, turmeric, and other herbal concoctions which together acts as an anti-stress agent in marriages. It is also believed to activate chakras in the forehead along with bringing good fortune.
Wearing a Mangalsutra-
The design of a Mangalsutra which has two round cups in the centre and no design in its front is scientifically associated with the energy of knowledge. The beads of a mangalsutra are blessed with divine power to protect the married couple.
More than just being accessories that enhance the beauty of a bride, bangles are scientifically proven to help the bride lead a healthy life. The different metals and gems in the bangles have different energies in them and are also significant from the point of view of astrology.
These are the rituals that are common in all Hindu and Non Hindu Weddings across India. Apart from this, a common thing that is observed is matchmaking and selecting auspicious marriage date. All these activities are performed because they ward off the negative factors and make the married life more fruitful.
According to Pandit Pawan Kaushik, one of the top Jyotish in India, rituals in an Indian marriage makes it more pious, unique, and an event to cherish forever. If you need any further information, you can visit our website and read the desired section. Else, you can get in touch with Panditji over a call.