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Vivaha Samskara in Grhya-Sutras of the Four VedasA Comparative Study of Marriage Ceremonies by: V.R. Anil Kumar
Of a rare kind, this book does comparative analyses after studying seventeen Grhya-Sutras across four Vedas of the number and type of rituals of marriage in each Grhya-Sutra and the order of performance of rituals. It also lists the mantras (with English translation) and their sources and talks about the differences in employing the mantras.
Year Of Publication: 2014
Pages : xvii, 476p.
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Vivaha (marriage), in Hindu society, is one of the most important samskaras, out of the sixteen sacraments, which a person steps in with full understanding/consciousness. Marriage is a fascinating experience that stays alive in ones mind throughout the life. The mantras and slokas of the Grhya-Sutras of the four Vedas, chanted in this ritual, are in Sanskrit and a vast majority is unaware of their meanings and just follows the instructions of the celebrant priest, purohita.
The author delves deep into the Grhya-Sutras of Vedas and brings forth the details of vivaha samskara principles, philosophy, practices, rituals and so on. Grhya-Sutras Asvalayana, Sankhayana and Kausitaki of Rigveda; Paraskara (Sukhla Yajurveda), Apastamba and Hiranyakesin (Krsna Yajurveda), Baudhayana, Varaha, Manava, Agnivesya, Bharadvaja, Kathaka and Vaikhanasa of Yajurveda; Gobhila, Khadira and Jaimini of Samaveda; and Kausika of Atharvaveda are well explored and seriously analysed, having given the original mantras in Sanskrit with their English translation.
Of a rare kind, this book does comparative analyses of the number and type of rituals in each Grhya-Sutra and the order of performance of rituals.
This scholarly work creates a sudden seriousness and sanctity to vivaha samskara through the detailing of mantras and the rituals. Being in it, one is not far off the Vedic period, giving a new meaning and dimension to our understanding of Hindu vivaha samskara and its sanctity.
An Overview of Scriptures
2. Vivaha Samskara
Forms of Marriage
Vivaha in the Vedas
3. Grihya-Sutras of Rigveda
4. Grihya-Sutras of Yajurveda Sukhla Yajurveda
Vaikhanasa Smarta Sutra
5. Grihya Sutras of Samaveda & Atharvaveda
6. Types of Rituals
Snapana, Paridhapana and Samnahana
Mekhala or Yoktra Bandhana
Journey of the Bride to Husbands Home
7. Comparative Study
Number and Type of Rituals in Each Grihya-Sutra
Suitable Time for Marriage
Qualities of Bride and Groom
Forms of marriage
Vagdana or Vanniscaya
Bathing and Dressing of the Bride
Order of Vivaha Samskara Rituals in each Grihya-Sutra
8. Vivaha Mantras
Differences in Mantras
Other Sources for References on Vivaha
Importance of Commentaries
Further Evolution from Grihya-Sutras
Vivaha Mantras as Depicted in Gr-Sutras
Vivaha Mantras from Mantra-Patha of Apastambins (Winternitz)
Vivaha Mantras from Samaveda