Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sri Lankan Tamil Hindu Wedding

A wedding is the union of not only the bride and groom but also their families and friends. Hindu wedding traditions are based on the sacred scriptures. The Vedas, which date back at least 4000 years, as well as on the local customs and traditions of the area and community. By this union the couple prepares to fulfil their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social goals of righteousness, acquisition of wealth, fulfilment of desires and the salvation of the Soul. These ceremonies, rites and rituals are symbolic of great underlying truths and thus should not, because of our ignorance or incapacity to understand them, be rejected as meaningless performances. The rituals of the Hindu marriage ceremony highlight the interdependence and the complementary nature of husband and wife relationship. The Maathorupahan or Arthanareeswarar, the half male and half female representation of Shiva and Shakthi, in the Hindu cosmogony emphasizes this ideal of man and women relationship in such union. Here is a video of Sri Lankan Tamil Hindu Wedding ceremony highlights...