Hastmelap | Indian Wedding Ceremony
Often grouped together in the Kanyadaan ceremony, the Hastmelap is translated from Sanskirt to mean ‘the joining of the hands’. The couple is united with the union of their hands in the presence of Agni Devta (the Lord of Fire), represented by the fire lit during the Vivaah Homa. The Bride places her right hand in the Groom’s right hand as per tradition. Then to strengthen their bond, the Groom’s sister or mother ties the ends of the scarves worn by the Bride and Groom together, signifying their unity and ‘tying the knot’ quite literally. The couple vows to treat others with respect love, compassion, and sympathy. They also pledge to show goodwill and affection to each other’s families.
Expectations from Married Life
The Hastmelap acts as the vow ceremony, but in a traditional sense. This is the moment in their ceremony where the Bride and Groom communicate their expectations for their married life to each other. The Groom asks for the Bride’s acceptance for all his future endeavors for a successful life, while the Bride requests his support for a prosperous and healthy family life. They join hands and seek the blessings of the Gods, vowing to stay bonded for the rest of their lives. The tying of the scarves further solidifies this bond and union of the couple.
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