This is Grihastashram - the marriage
or wedding i.e. union of a bride and groom whose objective is
to achieve completeness of life. There are eight types of marriages
according to Ashvalayam Grihasutra Ashtvidhi Vivahprakar.
g) Paishch vivaha
Of all these types, Brahmavivah
is prevalent and is performed.
Before performing ay of the above Sanskaras or rites, the following
rituals are to be performed:
1. Ganapati Pujan whose objective is to protect
from any obstacle or danger.
2. Punyahavachan whose objective is to take the
blessings of Acharya or Purohit and others for the good of the
3. Matruka Pujan: Puja is to be performed of
twenty seven deities such as Gauri, Padma, Shachi, Megha, Savitri
including Kuladeva etc. in order to avoid any obstacle or danger.
4. Nandi Shraddha: This is to be performed in
order to appease the God and the ancestors. It is believed that
the performers get prosperity in life.
5. Acharyavarn: By this the Acharya is given
the authority to perform the necessary rituals.
The first step is to see if the
horoscope of both the bride and groom tallies.
If the horoscope tallies then the Prasad-vinanti is obtained from
the Kuladeva (Family deity) of the groom. This is taking the permission
of the deity for the marriage Then the auspicious day and time
is to fixed. By the time Civil Registration of marriage is done.
Before that marriage ritual cannot be performed by priest specially