|Sikh Wedding - Anand Karaj|
|The Wedding Ceremony|
|Tuesday, 13 December 2011 00:00|
A Sikh wedding is a wonderful, colourful event. We go into detail to describe the process of what happens when you arrive at the temple.
Family and friends gather inside the wedding hall in the Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) for the Anand Karaj. All guests are seated one the floor, in front of the Guru Granth Sahib (Holy book), which is placed at the front of the hall. Men are seated on one side of the hall and the women the other side.
The groom enters the hall with his sisters behind him and is seated. The Bride enters afterwards with her brothers behind her and is also seated. They both bow to the Guru Granth Sahib. The parents stand up, as to show that they have given consent for the wedding. A prayer (ardas) is then said for a successful marriage.
The musicians (Ragis), sit at the front, at the side of the Guru Granth. They sing a hymn called “Keeta Loree-ai Kamm”. This song is for gods blessing and for a successful marriage.
A Sikh wedding official guides the couple with the verse “Dhan Pir Eh Na Akheeaan”. They are advised that marriage is a spiritual union of 2 souls. They are also reminded that about the spiritual nature of family harmony, as shown by the gurus themselves, who also married and had children.
The Bride and groom, confirm their marital obligations, and bow together before the Guru Granth.
The bridegroom’s sister (or female relation) drapes a long scarf or length of cloth, called a Palla around the groom's shoulders, and places the right end in his hands.
The bride’s father (or person in place of father) takes the left end of the palla and arranges it over the bride's shoulder and gives her the left end to hold.
The ragis sing the hymn:
"Pallai Taiddai Lagee" which symbolises the joining of the couple with eachother and to god.
Lavan - The Four Wedding Rounds
There are 4 wedding hymns that represent the the 4 stages of love.
The congregation then sings the hymn “Anand Sahib” (The song of bliss)
The ragis then sing 2 hymns to conclude the ceremony:
"Veeahu Hoa Mere Babula" - This hymn celebrates Union of the marriage with eachother and god.
"Pooree Asa Jee Mansaa Mere Raam" - describes the Joy of finding your perfect partner.
The congregation then stands for the final prayer. After it has been said, everyone bows, and sit down again.A Sikh reads a verse called a Hukam to conculde the ceremony. A Ragi then serves everyone a handful of Prashad, a sacred sweet blessed during the prayer.