Vivāha Samskāra (The Hindu Wedding Ceremony)
Deepak Kotwal & Sanjay Mehta
Hindu community is North America faced a unique challenge of performance of Samskars which are backbone of philosophical, cultural and spiritual system of the Hindu community. Two most performed Samskars are Vivāha and Antyeshti. Vivāha Samskāra was published by Hindu Mandir Executives’ Conference (HMEC) which is an initiative of VHPA.
The following are the challenges faced by the community:
- The ceremony is performed by a Hindu priest whose English language skills are limited.
- The ceremony is conducted mostly in Samskrata language.
- The ceremony does not flow smoothly, due to lack of knowledge on the part of bride/groom.
- The bride/groom neither understands the meaning of the ceremony, nor the commitments they are making.
This book was written with the aim to make the ceremony more meaningful to the couple and the invited guests. It is being widely used to perform wedding ceremonies across the country. Since the publication of book in 2011, more than 2000 copies of the books have been sold.
In view of its authenticity, accuracy and originality of (Vedic/Shaatra references) content and English language translation, this book will remain forever a legacy of first generation Hindus in North America and other countries. The text will be useful for future generations also.
About the presenter…
Sanjay Mehta is the General Secretary of World Hindu Council of America (VHPA) and is the Religion, Culture and Youth programs co-coordinator for Hindu Jain Temple, Pittsburgh, PA. He is a Bal Vihar teacher for three decades. He is an Information Technology Auditor.