How to Get Married in a Hare Krishna Wedding Ceremony

A wedding usually brings memories of the blushing bride, a beaming groom, hordes of well wishers, great food, etc. In a Hare Krishna wedding you will find all of this, but with a spiritual tinge. Here the wedding is solemnized before the holy fire (yagya) with chanting of special mantras. The couple exchange vows to help each other in serving Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and to always stay together.


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    Wait to be welcomed. The bride's family welcomes the groom and his parents. You will then be ushered to the platform (mandap) where the priest has arranged for the yagya.
    • In the background a pleasant Hare Krishna kirtan is performed by the devotees.
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    If you are the bride, expect to be brought to the mandap by your uncle or other devotees.
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    Wait for the priest. The priest will tell the bride's father to place the bride's hand on the groom. Here the priest tells the bride's father that he is now giving his daughter to the groom and pours water on the couple's hands to sanctify the same.
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    Wait for the dupatta to be tied on. After this, the groom's dupatta (cloth around the neck) is tied to the bride's saree and they get up to circum-ambulate the holy fire.
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    Make seven rounds. In the first four, the groom first circles the fire and the bride follows him. In these rounds, the groom promises to take care of his partner and to love her. In the remaining three rounds, the bride is first, followed by the groom. She promises to be on his side always, in happiness and sorrow, and to love him.
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    Exchange garlands. After this ceremony, the couple exchange garlands. In a Hare Krishna wedding, these garlands are very special as they were previously worn by the Radha Krishna deities themselves. These are Krishna direct blessings.
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    Done. After this ceremony, the marriage is completed and all the devotees and well-wishers will bless the couple.

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