Arya Samaj system was founded in 1875 by Maharashi Dayanand Saraswati at Bombay, India. The concept of wedding under this system takes us back to the teachings of Vedas (a body of texts of ancient India) and has its roots in the law of the undying truths advocated in the ageless Vedas. Its motto is - Make This World Noble. The main principle behind this establishment is that everyone should have the courage to accept the truth and renounce untruth. The universality of the idea comes from the fact that 'God is One'. It's major objective is to make useful contribution to the overall development of the civil society and help in the spiritual progress of human beings.

The most peculiar and astounding feature of these marriages is that the religion of the couple tying the knot is never considered as a focal point like in Indian society. As it is based on Vedas, caste and creed is never given any importance at the time of match making. Hence, no defined set of rituals is followed. The rituals are carried out as per the religious preferences of the boy and the girl. Generally speaking, three separate categories of rituals exist in this system - a) rituals before marriage (Shuddhi, Mehendi, Brahmbhoj, Phoolon Kaa Gehna, Choodha and Nath Ceremony etc.) b) at the time of marriage (Varmala ki kriya, Swagat Vidhi, Madhupark se Satkaar, Pratigya Mantra, Sindoor Daan etc.) and c) after marriage (Dhruv Darshan, Suryanamaskar etc.)

As Arya Samaj is indifferent towards the religion of the couple, there is also a provision for conversion of religion with the free will and consent of the individuals. A list of documents which are required for wedding consists of - Birth Certificate (for confirming that the minimum age of the boy is 21 years and that of the girl is 18 years), affidavits stating date of birth, nationality, and marital status (to be submitted independently by both the parties), two witnesses from each side, garlands etc. Other specific arrangements for the wedding day can also be made on making request to the temple authorities like make-up, photography, marriage feasts for guests etc. In short, it can be safely regarded as the perfect stage for an economical, hassle free, reliable process of solemnization for people.

To remove all the doubts and address the concerns and validity issues about inter marriages of people in the society, the Marriage Validation Act was enacted in 1937. This Act specifically states that marriage between people from different castes or religions will not be considered invalid at any time even if they belonged to different castes before this act was enacted.

In recent times, the Arya Samaj marriage concept has gained more significance due to various reasons. No consent from parents is required and any two witnesses from each side can sign on the documents, making it an easy way process for the couple getting married even without the presence of their parents. A valid marriage certificate is provided after the marriage, which may be registered on the same day in Indian courts.

Author's Bio: 

Shankar Srivastava is into business development at e-Definers Technology. Arya Samaj Mandir in Delhi NCR that provides complete marriage services under one roof. We solemnize arya samaj marriage.