An Indian marriage is performed following elaborate customs and rituals. One such custom called Saptadi or phera forms the main part of a marriage ceremony. It involves the exchange of seven vows or promises by a bride and a groom. No marriage is considered complete without pheras.

In Saptadi, the couple revolves around the holy fire seven times symbolizing the seven vows. The bride is seated to the left of the groom. With a small portion from the bride’s chunni and the groom’s dupatta, a knot is tied. Then reciting after the priest, the couple takes a vow and then revolves around the fire signifying the completion of the vow. The couple takes the right foot forward to start every round in a clockwise direction. The groom leads the first four rounds and the bride leads the last three rounds. After the completion of pheras, the bride sits to the right of the groom.

The Seven Vows of an Indian Marriage

The seven vows are:

Groom: You will offer me food and be helpful in every way. I will cherish you and provide for the welfare and happiness for you and our children.

Bride: I submit my life to you. I am responsible for offering you food and taking care of the home and children. I promise to fulfill all my household responsibilities for the welfare of our family.

Groom: I have the strength and courage to support my family and together we will protect our house and children.

Bride: I will always be by your side as your courage and strength. In return, you will only love me forever.

Groom: May we gain more prosperity and wealth and may our children live long.

Bride: I will love you solely for the rest of my life. I will remain loyal to you.

Groom: You have completed my existence. May we be blessed with noble children.

Bride: I will please you in every way I can.

Groom: You are my best companion and well-wisher. You have enriched my life. May God bless you.

Bride: I will equally share your joys and sorrows. I will always try to fulfill your wishes. I will trust and respect you.

Groom: May your life be filled with joy and peace.

Bride: I promise I shall always be with you.

Groom: We are now husband and wife. Our marriage shall remain forever.

Bride: I am now your wife. We will love and honor each other forever.