The invisible stars

gowritells By gowritells, 7th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Marriages are made in heaven !That is what we have been saying and believing since many long years.Tie the knot and there goes the couple, full of faith and affection. But what makes the bonding so brilliantly strong and attached to one another ?

The customs followed

In the Hindu weddings,there are many customs and rituals to be followed by the couple and people related to them.
These rituals are preached by the priest who conducts the whole process before and after the wedding and then finally concludes the wedding by the knot.
This knot is tied at the ends of the bridegroom’s scarf and upper garment of the bride together by the priest, signifying the marriage knot. Then both stand facing the north ready to take seven steps. The bridegroom places his right hand on the right shoulder of the bride and they take the first step in the northeasterly direction.The bride and the groom take seven steps together as the priest recites mantras – each step signifies a different aspect of marriage that they hope to uphold together with the final goal of being true companions and remaining life-long partners through wedlock.The wife takes her rightful place on the left side of her husband as the marriage is now religiously solemnized in its entirety. Now the couple are husband and wife. The husband garlands the wife and she in turn garlands her husband.

Praying the invisible stars

Arundhati is the wife of sage Vasishta, and considered as an extraordinary women. Due to her remarkable loyalty and devotion to her husband, she is invoked by the "bridegroom" in wedding ceremonies by asking the "bride" to "see Arundhati star". There are many stories behind "Arundhati" becoming a star and one such story is this. Once Svaha, wife of Agni, tried to take the forms (physical appearance) of the wives of "saptharishis". She was able to take the forms of all other six Rishipathnis but not that of Arundhati and this revealed her superiority.
As mentioned in the epics, both Vasishta and Arundhati became stars after their mortal life was over. As part of a Hindu marriage ritual, the groom shows the bride two stars symbolic to Vasishta and Arundhati as they are regarded as an ideal couple blessed with marital bliss and devotion.

Modern Astronomy

Alcor, is the astronomical name of the star "Arundathi" and it is found in "Ursa Major Constellation", famously known as "Big Dipper". This constellation is what we mention as "Saptharishi Mandala". Vasishta, one among the Saptharishi, is referred as Mizar in modern astronomy. The proper motions of these stars show that they move together.Go outside around 9 p.m. You should see the Big Dipper just off the northeast horizon. The middle star in the handle of the Big Dipper is Mizar. If you look for a couple seconds longer, you may see a little starry point right next to Mizar.

This second star is called Alcor.


Bonding, Hindu Mythology, Relationship, Ritual, Wedding

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
7th May 2015 (#)

I did my saptapadi and even the beetlenut tradtion for a traditional Marathi Hindu wedding despite being a Christian lady.
I was not interested in a big do but 13 years hence, it is a marriage that is still legitimate in the eyes of the law but not socially accepted because the husband has unrealistic wifely devotion to his mother and sister in-laws and neglected the wife and child for the sake of religion and told my family the same.
None the less, I refused all traditions and just did the walk around the fire and respect for elders without the typical Hindu fanfare with mehendi etc.

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author avatar KaraSkinner
15th Jun 2015 (#)

This article was very interesting! I love hearing about the stories behind the stars.

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author avatar gowritells
24th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanku all for your comments

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author avatar gowritells
24th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanku all for your comments

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