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What is the significance of KANYADANAM in Hindu marriages?

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Asked by sudhakar kuruvada, 07 Apr '13 12:52 am
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Kanya Danam (Giving Away of the Daughter)

The bride accepts her change of status from an unmarried woman to a wife by spreading turmeric powder on her hands. Kanya Danam is performed by the father (or uncle of guardian) of the bride in presence of a large gathering that is invited to witness the wedding. The father pours out a libation of sacred water symbolizing the giving away of the daughter to the bridegroom. The groom recites Vedic hymns to Kama, the God of love, for pure love and blessings. As a condition for offering his daughter for marriage, the father of the bride requests a promise from the groom for assisting the bride in realizing the three ends : dharma, artha, and kama. The groom makes the promise by repeating three times that he will not fail the bride in realizing dharma, artha and kama.
Answered by LIPSIKA, 07 Apr '13 12:59 am

 
  
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A totally OUTDATED CONCEPT of the past BLINDLY continued.
A bride is not THING to be given away as an object of charity or DAANAM.
It has NO significance!
Answered by Shunmugham, 07 Apr '13 11:03 am

 
  
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As per Hindu philosophy and in its traditions, a woman is considered the light of the family. She is considered the central figure for a family's progress.
In the ritual of Kanyadanam, the father of the bride is willfully bestowing 'the greatest act of charity possible' by giving his daughter away in marriage to a befitting suitor so that the qualified suitor's family could walk in the path of their destiny in a sacred manner.
In other words, he is giving away the light of his house for another 'qualified' person.

Charity is a poor term to represent the expression of 'Danam' but a few more examples may provide better clarity. As per Hindu traditions, the following and a few more acts are considered pious
- Annadanam : Feeding the hungry
- Godanam : Giving away one's cattle to a deserving Brahmin who promises to take care of it as his own son/daughter
- Ashirwada : which, in essence is giving away a share one's good karma for the benefit of other
- Kanyadanam etc.
In essence, ...more
Answered by Shashikiran, 25 Aug '13 11:44 am

 
  
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Kanyadanam : Groom will be considered as personification of Vishnu and pooja performed to him as is performed to the almighty. This is performed by the father of the bride. The following slokas are chanted.

Kanyam Kanaka Sampannam kanakabharanairyutham, Dashtami Vishnave Thubhyam Brahmaloka Jigeeshiya.

Vishwambhara Sarvabhuta, Sakshinya Ssarvadevatha, Kanyamimam vradasyami, Pithrunam Dharanayavai.

Kanyam Sarvalankritham Sadhvim Suseelaya Sudheemathe Vrayatho ham prayachchami Dharmakamardha Siddhaye.

Dharmardha Kameshu Thwayesha, Nathi Charatavya, ---- Nathi Charami
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Answered by Quest, 07 Apr '13 10:19 am

 
  
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Means the parents say i have given my daughter to u now
Answered by babu rao, 07 Apr '13 09:53 am

 
  
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A significant part of Hindu weddings, the Kanayadaan is that part of the marriage ceremony in which the girl's family gives her away to the groom. In a traditional Telugu wedding, bride's maternal uncle carries her in a bamboo basket to the mandapam where a curtain separates the bride and bridegroom. They are not to see each other until after the marriage ceremony. The priest invokes the blessings of the ancestors belonging to the last seven generations of both families. The bride's parents wash the groom's feet in a gesture that symbolizes their belief that he is a form of God to whom they now offer their daughter's hand.
Answered by rajan, 07 Apr '13 06:59 am

 
  
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Kanyadaan is formed from combination of two words, Kanya and Daan where Kanya means a virgin and Daan means donation. In this, a father hands over his daughter to the groom -considered as Lord Vishnu at the time of marriage.
Answered by Uncommon Freind, 07 Apr '13 12:55 am

 
  
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