'sapta padi'' Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Somash   

நண்பர்களே, விவாஹத்தின் போது ''சப்தபதி '' என்று ஓர் முக்கிய நிகழ்ச்சி இடம்பெறும். அதனை ஆங்கிலத்தில் அறிவோம்.

''sapta padi''

During this ritual, the groom walks with the bride to the right side of
the sacred fire. All along, he holds his wife's right hand in his right hand
in the way in which he held her hand during the paani grahanam ceremony. He
stops, bends down and holds the right toe of his wife with his right hand
and helps her take seven steps around the fire. At the beginning of each
step, he recites a Veda mantra to invoke the blessings of Maha Vishnu.
Through these seven mantras, he asks Maha Vishnu to follow in the footsteps
of his wife and bless her with food, strength, piety, progeny, wealth,
comfort and health. At the conclusion of the seven steps, he addresses his
wife with a moving statement from the Veds summarized below: Dear Wife! By taking these seven steps, you have become my dearest friend.
I pledge my unfailing loyalty to you. Let us stay together for the rest of
our lives. Let us not separate from each other ever. Let us be of one mind
in carrying out our responsibilities as householders (grihasthas). Let us
love and cherish each other and enjoy nourishing food and good health. Let
us discharge our prescribed Vedic duties to our elders, ancestors, rishis,
creatures, and gods. Let our aspirations be united. I will be the Saaman and
may you be the Rk (Saaman here refers to the music and Rk refers to the
Vedic text that is being cast into music). Let me be the upper world and let
you be the Bhumi or Mother Earth. I will be the Sukla or life force and may
you be the bearer of that Sukla. Let me be the mind and let you be the
speech. May you follow me to conceive children and gain worldly as well as
spiritual wealth. May all auspiciousness come your way.
This series of Veda mantras starting with "sakhaa saptapadhaa bhava ..."
and ending with "pumse putraaya ..." are rich with meaning and imagery.:: prepared by panchadcharan swaminathasarma for MIH