Padapuja to Bridegroom

In Marriage one sight that confuses many is to see Brides father doing padapuja to Bridegroom.
Everyone asks why this old man should do padapuja for such a young one. This is very much disagreeable action which is detested especially by modern young people.
But this opinion is due to lack of knowledge about our ancient traditions. Lack of Sanskrit also is very much responsible for this confusion. We have a nature of accepting disagreeable things without questioning as we generally value tradition even if we don’t understand it. But lack of knowledge is wrong and younger generation will slowly discard it. I know of cases where young boys come from foreign and insist that take whatever fees you want but no functions for more than 15 Minutes etc.
Reception and photo session etc are more important than these rituals.
If anyone is bothered to go near the Mandapa and hear the mantras they will be surprised to know that the Bridegroom is deemed as Maha-Vishnu. And bride’s father is doing padapuja to Maha-Vishnu and giving panigrahanam to Maha-Vishnu. In short the groom is supposed to behave and incarnate as Vishnu himself. Such high sacramental attitude gets distorted due to lack of knowledge.
Next time while attending marriage ritual go near and listen to mantras.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. facebook
    Feb 18, 2011 @ 10:01:42

    i love it


  2. Minecraft Guide
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 22:28:25

    It’s interesting to see this point of view. I can’t say fore sure if I agree or not, but it is something I will think about now.


  3. M.R.Krishnan
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 17:03:07

    I agree that the Padapuja is being performed for Mahavishnu. However I feel sad when I see lot of people , during marriages where their chappals & shoes close to the Homa Kundam , showing scant respect for the rituals or Agni Bhagawan. We need to change such attitudes of the younger generation by teaching them these values and the significance of the vows being taken /rituals during our marriages


  4. m.k.subramanian
    May 15, 2011 @ 09:16:41

    Very Good. I liked this.


  5. RK
    Sep 01, 2011 @ 04:54:14

    so now we are supposed to give more weightage to the mantras and shastras and consider the groom as “maha vishnu” ! How ridiculous..All these customs were designed so that the brahmins have their way and get offerings from time to time and establish male dominance.Are any of these traditions scientific no (I know many people will say yes, we “modern” people are ignorant ) but that does not change the truth, that all this is a fraud.


    • mghariharan
      Sep 01, 2011 @ 08:47:47

      I don’t understand how expecting your son -in- law to behave like god can be fraud. He is supposed to not only take care of her but also she is supposed to fight in time of attack like stone. See the way Bin laden’s wife interrupted the American soldiers coming to kill Laden.
      Nothing has changed all ideals are still in tact. Attacking a Brahmanism should be followed by an alternative acceptable to all else it will collapse like DK has collapsed. Per 1000 more people go to temple in Tamil Nadu than in North India. and TN is supposed to cherish atheism. Anti-theism is not Atheism


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