Why is Gouriharpujan performed prior to the marriage?
Worship of Gouri and Har means the worship of the deities Parvati and Shiva.
The ritual: On the wedding day the bride should be given a ritualistic bath (mangalsnan) and new clothes to wear. Then on the grinding stone and muller used in the house (or two other stones) pictures of Gouri and Har should be drawn with turmeric. New cotton thread should be wound around the grinding stone. Then four pots should be placed on its four sides and it should be worshipped with the resolve of prolonging married life, etc. The reasons behind worshipping Gouri and Har thus are as follows:
1. Just as the relationship of the grinding stone and the muller with one another is binding and solid so should that of the bride and groom be.
2. The energy generated in the grinding stone should enter their system through food and increase their sattvik (sattva predominant) nature.
The resolve (sankalpa): I am worshipping Gouri and Har so that I may acquire eternal married life, g ...more