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Special Marriage Act, 1954

The Special Marriage Act, 1954, aims to provide for a special form of marriage, its registration and for divorce. A marriage between any two persons belonging to any religion or creed may be solemnised under this Act if at the time of the marriage the male has completed 21 years and the female 18 and provided the parties are not within the degrees of prohibited relationship.

Special Marriage Act, 1954

Special Marriage Act, 1954

One would imagine that the Special Marriage Act, being a secular Act, would have played a key role in liberating individuals from the traditional coercive requirements of marriage. Sadly, many of its provisions are inconsistent with its objectives. Despite knowing about the practical problems its working has exposed, Parliament has not shown any seriousness in addressing them through appropriate amendments.

Section 5 of the Special Marriage Act is the first hurdle to cross. It deals with the notice of intended marriage between two parties and requires that at least one of them must have resided in the district for a period of not less than 30 days immediately preceding the date on which such notice is given to the Marriage Officer of the district.

Section 6 requires the Marriage Officer to make copies of all notices open for inspection at all reasonable times, without fee, by any person desirous of inspecting the same, and to publish every notice by affixing a copy at some conspicuous place in his office. If either of the parties to an intended marriage is not a permanent resident in the district in which the notice has been given, then the Marriage Officer of that district has to send the notice to the Marriage Officer of the district in which the parties may have permanent residence, and that officer, in turn, has to publicise it.

These provisions are open invitations to those who object to the marriage to harass the couple to be married and even force them to retract from their intended marriage. The beneficiaries of the Special Marriage Act have demanded that the provisions of a month’s gap be annulled, but their plea has not been heard so far.

On the contrary, some enthusiastic marriage officers have sent notices to the permanent addresses of the parties and sought verification of addresses through the Station House Officer who has jurisdiction although the same is not required under the Act. In 2009, the Delhi High Court, in Pranav Kumar Mishra vs Government of NCT of Delhi, held these practices to be in breach of the parties’ right to privacy.

Justice S. Ravindra Bhat observed in this case: “The Special Marriage Act was enacted to enable a special form of marriage for any Indian national professing different faiths or desiring a civil form of marriage. The unwarranted disclosure of matrimonial plans by two adults entitled to solemnise it may, in certain situations, jeopardise the marriage itself. In certain instances it may even endanger the life or limb of one or the other party due to parental interference. In such circumstances, if such a procedure is being adopted by the authorities, it is completely whimsical and without authority of law.”

Although Justice Ravindra Bhat made these observations in the context of the authorities sending notices to the residential addresses of the couple to be married, they are relevant to understand the mischief potential of the other provisions of the Act.

Section 7 enables any person, before the expiry of 30 days from the date on which such a notice has been published, to object to the marriage on the grounds that it will contravene one or more of the conditions specified in Section 4 (described below).

Section 8 requires the Marriage Officer to inquire into the objection and satisfy himself that it does not prevent the solemnisation of the marriage. If the objection is upheld within 30 days, either party to the intended marriage can appeal to the district court, whose decision shall be final.

The conditions specified in Section 4 are reasonable: that neither party has a spouse living; that neither is incapable of giving a valid consent to marriage in consequence of unsoundness of mind; that they have fulfilled the minimum age requirements for marriage; and that they are not within the degrees of prohibited relationship. Yet, the fact that similar conditions are not applicable to marriages held outside the purview of the Act makes one wonder whether they are just.

Section 19 is punitive in character. It says that the marriage solemnised under this Act of any member of an undivided family who professes the Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh or Jain religion shall be deemed to effect his severance from such family.

The need for such a provision is inexplicable, especially when such severance could result in the deprivation of inheritance and other rights of the couple choosing to marry under this Act.

How long will the entire procedure of Marriage Registration take?

Due to a 30 day average gap between submission and registration, I think it will take at least 40 days after submission.After that at the date is given by Arya Samaj Mandir for your marriage.On that day it will takes maximum 1½ Hrs to perform the wedding. I had an experience while I am witness over there. It will take maximum to maximum one hour.

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Godh Bharai – Indian Baby Shower

Godh bharai is a baby shower celebrated during pregnancy to welcome the unborn baby to the family and bless the mother-to-be with abundant joys of motherhood. In Hindi, godh bharai literally means to ‘fill the lap’ with abundance. In Bengal it is known as shaad, in Kerala, seemandham and in Tamil Nadu it is called valakappu.

Godh Bharai - Indian Baby Shower Arya Samaj Mandir

Godh Bharai – Indian Baby Shower in Arya Samaj Mandir

Thereafter, she is asked to sit on a chair with the sari’s ‘palla’ in her godh (lap). The mother, sister and sisters-in-law of the groom dress up the girl, with jewelry, bangles, cosmetics, etc. Then, along with all the other female members of the family, they apply tikka on her forehead and place gifts in the godh (lap) of the would-be-bride, on top of her palla. While giving gifts, they bless her, asking God to bless the couple with a long and happy married life. After receiving the gifts, the girl touches the feet of all the elder females. They also feed her sweets.

Godh Bharai ceremony is held in India, in the seventh month of pregnancy of an expectant female. This ceremony takes place at the matrimonial home of the woman. Just like the previous ceremony, this one is also held only the female family members of the would-be-father and the would-be-mother. The expectant woman is dressed just like a bride, complete with the jewelry, make up and everything. Thereafter, she is asked to sit on a chair/sofa and place her ‘palla’ in her godh (lap).

Now, starts the Godh Bharai ceremony. All the women attending the ceremony place a gift they have, for the would-be-mother or her baby, in her godh and then apply a tika on her forehead. After that, they feed her sweets & khichri, of rice, moong daal and til, cooked in desi ghee. The mother of the woman also gives her daughter, gifts for her husband as well as in-laws. Then, they whisper something auspicious in her ear – usually their blessings. She thanks all the elder woman by touching their feet. Last but not the least; they celebrate the impending arrival of the child by singing and dancing.

Vastu and Griha Pravesh Pooja

Griha Pravesh is also called Vastu. The complete ritual takes six to seven hours. Early in the morning, Vastu pooja for Vastu devata is performed outside the house before the actual entry into the house.

During Vastu puja, a kumbh (copper pot, as in the Bhoomi puja) is consecrated through worship out side the house. The Vastu pooja is undertaken to expiate the sins that could have been committed by the owners of the house during construction.

After completing the Vastu and Kumbh pooja, the copper pot is taken inside the house by the husband and wife to a place where havan and various poojas take place. In the ritual inside the house different poojas like, pooja of sun, pooja of lamp, Ganpathi pooja, Pooja of the Kul devta, pooja of four directions, showering (abhishek) of the couple with water, Lakshmi pooja and Homa are all done.

This pooja is concluded by distributing peanuts, dry fruits and pede- a kind of sweet made of milk, as prasad. Finally the guests are fed. On the eve of the graha pravesh, vastubali is performed inside the house.

This is a pooja performed by a priest who is not a member of the family. It consists of Ganapathi pooja, Punyaha and Vastubali homa. These are done to appease the gods and propitiate them.

Every Pooja begins with invoking Lord Ganesha and then the specialized moola mantra japam and other rituals help the Vedic Bramhin assigned the task to achieve your hearts desire through your sankalpam (your wish is conveyed at the fire ritual ceremony).

Purity of panchang (almanac) and auspicioustime (muhurat) must be considered during the griha pravesh.

Three types of griha pravesh have been mentioned in our ancient scriptures:

Apoorva: First entry to newly constructed house on a newly selected land is called apoorva (new) griha pravesh.

Sapoorva: Entry into an already existing house after travelling abroad or migration elsewhere is called sapoorva griha pravesh.

Dwandwah: Entry into a house to after reconstruction or renovation subsequent to damage due to fire, flood or earthquake, is termed as dwandwah (old) griha pravesh.

For apoorva griha pravesh, the exact auspicious time need to be adhered to. For sapoorva griha pravesh or dwandwah griha pravesh, the purity of the panchang should be given due consideration.

Yagyopavit Upanayana Sanskar

The Upnayan sanskar (Yahyopavit Sanskar) denotes the rising of Man’s consciousness towards God.The sacred thread ceremony is very significant in the life of a Hindu man.In Indian culture its an taking pledge to lead disciplines, dignified spiritual life.

After Yagyopaveet , the child left his Home saying goodbye to all relatives who had gathered for this Goodbye.It indeed gives “new birth” to a person.His life would change. Discipline would then become the center point of his life.The child went to his Guru’s place and learn the art of living and develop vision to see things in a proper way and to know what is ‘wrong’ and what is ‘right’. Therefore, Upnayan is essential to handle household life.

The twist in the thread symbolizes strength and honesty. Gayatri Mantra is given to the child who promises to lead a good human life as per the rules of Vedas.This shikha is placed at a point, which is very important for positive impact of yoga and meditation.

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Arya Samaj Mandir In Punjab

Arya Samaj Mandir Punjab has many components and it is quite beautiful, specific and filled with chanting, Sanskrit blessings and ritual that is thousands of years old. In India, it can last weeks or days. In the West, it typically is at least two hours long. It is the role of the Hindu priest or ‘pandit’ to lead a couple and their families through the sacrament of marriage.

Arya Samaj Mandir In Punjab

Arya Samaj Mandir Marriage In Punjab

Hindu Marriage Act and Rules made under it provides for Registration of a already performed Hindu Marriage, Arya Samaj Mandir Marriage, Anand Marriage in a Gurudwara between two Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs or marriages of the persons who are not Muslims, Christians, Parsis or Jews, marriages of the persons who have converted and embraced Hindu Religion before performance of marriage. Special Marriage Act and Rules made under it provides for Registration of a already performed Muslim Marriage, Christian Marriage, and marriages performed in any other forms.

Here is a brief of Wedding/Shadi Services we offer:

Marriages of all kinds : We solemnize all kinds of marriage-love marriage, arranged marriage, arya samaj marriage, Registered court legal marriage, etc.

Marriages of all kinds : We solemnize all kinds of marriage-love marriage, arranged marriage, arya samaj marriage, Registered court legal marriage, etc.

Marriage Ceremony: We solemnize marriage as per Arya Samaj rules. We conducts all marriage ceremonial rites, chants Vedic Mantras, and explains the meaning of Mantras to wedding couples.

Wedding Rituals : In Mandir premises, all Vedic rituals starting from Aasan, Jal and Madhupark se Satkar through Godan, Kanyadaan , Pratigya Mantra, Thread Ceremony, Havan, Vishesh Havana, Pani Grahan Sanskar, Shilarohan, Lajahom, Parikrama, Saptapadi, Suryanamaskar, Hriday Sparshmantra, Sindoor to Mangalsutra and Ashirwaad are performed to make every wedding pious, sacred and sanctimonious.

Marriage Certificate : We provide marriage certificate that is legally valid and an evidence of your marriage. You can get your marriage registered on the certificate provided by us.

Bridal Make Ups : We provide bridal make up arrangement and that too on very affordable prices.

Photography : We make arrangement of photography on request. But for that you need to inform in advance.

Documents for All Marriage:

Affidavit: (Affidavit must be attested by Magistrate/S.D.M. or Notary Public with Register Entry No.)

Age Proof: (Voter I.card, Driving Licence, Matriculation Certificate,) one of these.

Residence Proof: (Voter I.card, Driving Licence, Matriculation Certificate, Passport) (one of these).

Photograph: (7-7 Passport size photo ) Boys & Girl both.

WitnessTwo Witness With Voter I.card, Driving Licence, Passport,2 Passport size photo (one of these)

DivorcedIf any party is divorcee – Certified copy of Decree of Divorce granted by the Court.

Death Certificate: If any party is widow / widower – Death Certificate of the dead spouse.

Other Country: No Impediment Certificate / NOC from concerned Embassy and Valid VISA. Required for Only Other Country Marriage

Things: Mangalshutra, 2-Jaimala, 2kg Sweets

We Provide all type of arya samaj marriages in Amritsar, Abohar, Barnala, Bathinda, Batala, Chandigarh, Malerkotla, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Firozpur, Patiala, Hoshiarpur, Muktasar, Pathankot, Moga, Kapurthala, Firozpur and all cities in Punjab. Anyone who is solemnly combined with anyone and wants to marry her/his. You can call us anytime we will arrange it soon.

We wish you all the best for your happy married life.