In an Indian Wedding,
the bride and the groom have to take seven rounds around the
holy fire (Agni). The fire is the sacred and the most pious
element in every Indian Wedding. This tradition is known as Saat
Phere. While taking the seven rounds across the holy fire, the
bride and groom take some wedding vows which are very
much significant and which have a very deep meaning. Instead of
a contract, the proof of marriage in India is the vows taken
during the Saat Phere.
About the Vows
With every step, the bride and the groom take a Vow. The Wedding
Vows are as follows:
1. On the first round, both of them pray to god that they
always get nourishing and good food.
2. On the second step, they pray to God that he may give
them physical, mental and the spiritual strength so that they
may be able to lead a life that is healthy.
3. With the third step, they pray to the Almighty for a
life full of prosperity and preserving of wealth and that they
will be with each other at the time of pains and sufferings.
4. On the fourth round, they swear to stay together and
attain harmony and happiness by sharing love and trust mutually
5. On the fifth step, the couples pray to have a family
of their won and they also pray for the well-being of all the
beings of the universe.
6. With second least step, they pray to God that he may
give them togetherness forever and help them lead a long and
life full of joy.
7. With the
seventh step, they pray for companionship, understanding, unity
and loyalty with each other.