As per Vedic rites, a Hindu marriage is conducted by four pheras or seven pheras around the sacred fire?
In India, where most Hindus live, the laws relating to marriage differ by religion. By the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955 passed by the Union Parliament of India, for all legal purposes, all Hindus of any caste, creed or sect, Sikh, Buddhists and Jains are considered as Hindus for the sake of the Hindu marriage Act and can hence intermarry. By the Special Marriage Act, 1954, a Hindu can marry a non ...more
The bride and the groom take Seven Steps or Seven Phera around the Holy Fire (Saptapadi). The Holy Fire (or Yagna) is lit to pray to God Agni (Fire) to bless the married couple. A Hindu marriage is solemnized with the Fire God as its witness (Agni Sakshi) Before the Seven Pheras the grooms Dupatta or Kurta is tied to the brides bridal Saree or Lehanga. The bridegroom and bride hold each others hand while circling the Holy Fire. The Seven Pheras are also called Mangal Pheras.
The groom leads the way around the Holy Fire for the first three Pheras and the bride leads the way for the remaining four Pheras. Some communities like the Marwaris and Sindhis only perform Four Pheras. In such cases the groom leads the first three Pheras and the bride the last Phe ...more