The Arya Samaj practice the teachings of Swami Dayanand Saraswati which is based on the fundamental belief of eternal truths propounded in the ageless Vedas. It functions with the singular endeavor and that is to “Make This World Noble”- "Krinvanto Vishvam Aryam".
The wedding is performed by adhering to the teachings of the ancient Vedas of Hindu culture. A usual Arya Samaj wedding is not an extravagant ceremony. The wedding consists of Havan (fire worship) and marks the transition of the couple from Brahmacharaya (the state of celibacy) to Grihastashram (the life of a married person). The wedding ceremony is carried out according to Arya Marriage Validation Act XIX of 1937. As Arya Samaj doesn't believe in idolatry, no particular deity is worshipped. Fire and other elements become witnesses to the ceremony.
Ladies Sangeet: This is a ceremony celebrated by brides female family and friends which is held at the brides residence some days before the wedding. The ladies rejoice by singing wedding and folk songs and dancing.
Mehendi: The Mehendi ceremony is usually held at the brides home which is celebrated on the eve of the wedding. The bride is anointed with a paste of sandlewood and turmeric powder (this is a cleansing and purification process) before mehendi is applied on the her hands and feet. A mehendi artist applies the henna paste in beautiful and intricate designs to the brides hands and feet. This is a joyous occasion where the other female guests also applies mehendi to their hands. Delicious snacks are enjoyed by the guests.
Brahmbhoj: Brahmbhoj is an unique ritual performed on the morning of the wedding. Sixteen Brahmins are invited to part take in meals as this is considered auspicious.
Phoolon Kaa Gehna (Flower jewelry):This is when the bride adorns herself with jewelry made of flowers. This is not a compulsory ritual.Choodha and Nath Ceremony: This ceremony is performed on the day of the wedding when the bride’s maternal uncle gifts her with a nose ring. He then adorns her hands with 21 red ivory bangles. The number 21 and the colour red is considered auspicious. Read more