Significance Of 7 Pheras in A Vedic Wedding Ceremony

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Significance of 7 Pheras in a Vedic Wedding Ceremony

The 7 Pheras or the Saptapadi is the true essence of a Vedic wedding. Only when the bride and the groom take the 7 vows keeping the holy pyre as the witness, they are called as married. The bride and the groom hold their hands and take seven rounds around the Agni and promise to be with each other for eternity.

We at WedAbout bring to you the beautiful implication of these 7 Pheras in a Vedic marriage ritual.

1.     The First Phera

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The first phera of 7 Pheras implies Nourishment. The groom promises to take care of the welfare of his wife and their future children and satisfy the basic needs of food, shelter and money.  While the bride, also agrees to partake this responsibility with her husband.

2.     The Second Phera

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The second phera of 7 Pheras talks about the strength. They ask the almighty to give them the strength to love each other through all the thick and thin. They pledge to support each other and face all the mental, physical and emotional turbulence in life with courage.

3.     The Third Phera

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In the third phera of 7 Pheras, the couple seeks wealth and prosperity in their married life. They aspire to make life better for them as well as their progeny materialistically as well as spiritually. The bride and the groom also agree to devote themselves to each other and remain faithful and loyal.

4.     The Fourth Phera

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The fourth phera is about strengthening and fortifying the bond with the family. It also talks about giving unconditional love and respect to each other. The groom acknowledges the bride for making his life complete and fulfilling. In return, the bride promises to love him and be with him forever.

5.     The Fifth Phera

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In their journey of togetherness, the couple seeks the divine blessings for noble, healthy and happy progeny. They take vows to be responsible parents and nurture them in the best possible way. They also decide to not only be life partners but also friends to each other. In the first four pheras of 7 Pheras, the groom always takes the lead while in the last three pheras of 7 Pheras the bride takes the lead. It implies that she can lead if circumstances dictate so.

6.     The Sixth Phera

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The bride and the groom wish for a healthy and abundant life together. They desire to lead a life which is free from diseases and mental ailments so that they can enjoy the joys and pleasures of life. The ultimate goal is to lead a balanced life with their family, children and each other.

7.     The Seventh Phera

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The last step binds the bride and the groom forever and makes them companions for a lifetime. They promise to strive for maturity and wisdom so that they can lead a life of mutual understanding, trust and peace. The pray that their love and friendship remain strong and they remain inseparable for life.

The 7 pheras around the holy pyre are the most interesting as well as enjoyable part of the wedding. We wish that all the brides and the grooms understand their meaning and stay on to its importance for a lifetime.

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Palak Shah
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