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Significance of 7 Vows in Indian Marriages Amidst the sacredness of a ritual called 'phere' revered for ages, the Indian

br ide and the groom take seven vows to be pronounced as husband and wife. Read on to learn the meaning and significance of each pledge. Yahoo Lifestyle Entertainment Fri 19 Oct, 2012 6:56 PM IST When it comes to Indian marriages, words like big, fat, extravagant, pomp and sh ow come to our mind at once. However, irrespective of the style and size of the wedding, one thing that remains common in all Hindu marriages is the 'seven vow s' signified by the sacred 'saat pheras' around fire or 'agni', which is one of the most imperative rituals of Indian weddings. With each 'phera' the couple ma kes a vow, a commitment with strong mythological roots, which is to be lived for ever and more, its only then that a couple is accepted as husband and wife for t he next many lives to come. These seven vows are supposed to serve as an anchor to keep the couple going thr ough all the ups and downs of life together, as husband and wife tied to each ot her in a sacred relationship. First vow The couple appeals to the almighty to shower blessings in the form of pure and n ourishing food with a respectful and noble life. The groom pledges to provide we lfare and happiness to his wife and children, whereas the bride swears to should er all responsibilities for the welfare of the groom's entire family. Second vow The groom requests the bride to be his strength so that he can provide security and protect the family with courage. The bride agrees to abide by, while demandi ng eternal love and undivided attention. Third vow The couple pleads for wisdom, wealth, and prosperity in order to live a content and satisfied life. They pledge to remain spiritually committed and the bride as sures the groom that by the virtue of true love and devotion she will remain a c haste wife. Fourth vow The groom thanks his would-be wife for bringing auspiciousness, happiness, and s acredness in his life. In return, the bride takes an oath to serve and please he r husband in every way possible. Together, they also pledge to take care and res pect their elders in the family. Fifth vow The importance of the fifth vow is to pray for the welfare of all the living thi ngs in this Universe and begetting a noble breed. The couple also prays to almig hty to bless each other's friends and family with happiness and well-being. Sixth vow In the sixth vow, God is invoked to bless the couple for bountiful seasons and l ong lived togetherness. The groom wishes that his wife would glut his life with joy and peace; while the bride provides assurance that she would participate wit h her husband in all his noble and divine acts. Seventh vow

the basic meaning of all remains the same 'co mmitment'. Even though different religions and cultures have their own unique set of vows a nd different ways to perform them. . Here the couple pleads f or the long lasting relationship. It is a way to assure your partner that he/she is worthy of your love and you are willing to submit. 'till death do you part'.This is the last vow adding completion to the ceremony. a vow of being spiritually united as one. True love is all that you need to fulfill all the vows mentioned above. They take an oath to nourish their relationship with love and honesty and be together with each other forever not only in this life. enriched with understanding and loyalty. what acc ording to you are the importance of these 'pheras'? Do let us know through comme nts. but also in the lives to come.