I have just completed writing about Sita Kalyanam Sarga (Balakanda, Valmiki Ramayanam) in Sita Devi’s story. And the wedding was so simple. Not like in the movies at all! Panigrahanam and Triragnim (Holding of hands and thrice around the sacred fire with appropriate Vedic Mantras). Awesome!
As beautiful as the later embellishments are, the pristine simplicity in the balakanda description is even more beautiful. Jai Valmiki! Jai Sri Ram! Jai Sitamma!
Update about weddings in Mithila: At village Saurath, in Darbhanga district, every year a big mela is held only for striking marriage bargains. The parents and guardians of boys and girls attend this congregation with horoscopes and pundits, on examining the same, give their opinion as to the suitability of the marriages contemplated between the parties concerned. Immediately on hearing their opinion, it is quite common for the boy’s father, along with a few friends, to rush to the girl’s place and the wedding will duly take place. (First Source : Derived Source)
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