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HINDU MARRIAGES Most of the Hindu marriages conducted in India and elsewhere are both social and religious functions There is no uniformity on their social side These are based on local customs and traditions On the religious side with minor variations they follow some specific rituals that are followed from the Vedas The marriage ceremonies are called Vaidika Marriage ceremonies last two days one day prior to the Muhurtha day and the day on which the actual wedding occurs The day previous to the marriage its customary practice to visit a nearby temple to offer many prayers The Lagna Patrika a document indicating the details of the BG Bride and the timing and place of marriage signed by the parents of the BG Bride is read out and signed by the two sets of parents This serves the purpose of a formal agreement binding on both parties The next day ceremonies start with Kasi Yatra Malai Maatral and Oonjal Jhoola These have no religious as such These rituals vary from community to community The Kasi Yatra ritual which is peculiar to Brahmin community is one when the father of the Bride symbolically weans away the BG from the pursuits of Brahmacharya which is symbolically represented by his journey towards Kasi the seat of Vedic culture knowledge and requests him to enter Grahasthasrama by marrying his daughter Oonjal is a ladies ceremony where BG the Bride are made to sit in a swing and propitiation is done to ward off the effect of evil eyes bad peoples evil thoughts or curses on the couple The real and important Vedic side of the ceremony starts after the two rituals are performed The ceremony begins with the promise from the bride side to offer the girl in marriage The bride than takes a bath in Holy water Then the two worship their ancestors The
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