An Indian marriage is a symbol of purity, union of two different people, community and culture. All the Hindu marriages carry out similar rituals with slight difference. Each ritual that is carried out in a Hindu wedding has some meaning. The Seven Vows/Saat Phere also hold a vast meaning in the wedding ritual. The Seven Vows/Saat Phere are the rounds taken around the holy fire place by the bride and groom together. With every round they make one promise to their partner. This way they make seven promises.
With our first step together we pray to God to provide us with pure and nourishing food. Together we will live our lives with honour and respect for each other.
With our second step together we pledge to grow in physical, mental and spiritual strengths. Together we will share happiness and enjoy life.
With our third step we promise each other to earn and increase wealth by righteous way and provide comfort to the family. Together we will share all our sorrows and joys.
With our forth step together we pledge not to forget our parents and elders. Together we will maintain and strengthen the family bonds.
With our fifth step together we pray to God to bless us with beautiful, kind and brave children. Together as responsible parents, we shall provide them with good education and values of life.
With our sixth step together, we pray to God for a healthy and disease free life for us and our families. Together we will live a balanced and harmonious life.
7. Friendship and love
With our seventh step together, we promise to be a loyal companion. Together we will live a life of mutual trust, love and friendship.