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Marriage Bahai's Style
By O P Sharma
The marriage system in Baha'i faith is a very simple and solemn affair. The
ceremony is so simple that to solemnise the marriage not many ritual are
there. Even no priest is required. The short ceremony of wed-lock can be
performed by any one belonging to Bahai's community. There is no dowry
system. However, the bridegroom presents prescribed gifts to the bride on
The Bahai's faith originated in Iran and later spread to other countries.
There in compact Bahai's community in India and their famous Lotus temple in
Delhi is a proud architectural monument. There are few Baha'i families in
Jammu as well. They have their own place of worship situated at Trikuta
Nagar, Jammu where they gather for prayers on Sundays and other occasions.
There is no usual hala-gula in their functions. The marriage party is
also in much smaller numbers. First of all, the boy and girl have to agree
to the marriage proposal and full as also willingconsent of both the boy
and girl is a must for the marriage, according to the Bahai's scriptures.
Both the new couple to be life partners have to sign some documents in the
presence of a senior member of the Baha'i faith with two respectable
witnesses. The Baha'i marriage ceremony is simple yet profound and
dignified. Baha'i Faith has ordained that the couple should say, before two
trustworthy witnesses, the marriage vow: "we will all, verily abide by the
will of God". Having done it, they become husband and wife.
Afterwards, they are presented gifts by the friends and relatives and
blessings are showered. In such a marriage, there is no particular binding
for the dress of either bridegroom or the bride. They can wear their
country's traditional dress and solemnise the marriage while just sitting
in their chairs in front of the friends, relatives and invitees.
This faith, believed to be an independent religion, has got its own set of
laws. And marriage law is one of them. For Bahai's, marriage is an enternal
command of God and it is considered a divine institution. The marriage plays
a significant role in safeguarding the unity and progress of the family
which is the smallest social unit of every society. The Baha'i faith marriage
constitute a social function of the highest and indeed vital importance, as
through them alone the human race is perpetuated.
Will of God
Quite a few days back I had an occasion to attend Bahai's marriage ceremony
of Mr.Mehzad and Miss Hoda Shoaie arranged at K.C.Residency, Jammu. At this
simple function, Mr.Anil Sood, who is Chairman of the local Spiritual
Assembly of Bahai's in Jammu, conducted the marriage of the young couple.
Mehzad is working in Australia and had especially come here for the wedlock.
While Hoda's parents are in Iran and she was putting up at Jammu with Huma
and Kamal her sister and brother-in-law respectively.
Mr Mehzad presented a gift of gold chain, a
ring and earrings to the bride amidst prayers and cheers by all those present
at the function.
Divine blessings were invoked by those present on the happy occasion and
wished the new couple, Hoda and Mehzad a happy and prosperous life. This was
followed by sumptuous dinner in the background of sweet, gentle music. The
selected invitees including relatives numbered only 20 and there was no
It was a simple, dignified, dowryless, small family affairs.
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