Concerned over the over-commercialization of Hindu weddings, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has urged Hindus worldwide to bring back holiness and simplicity to weddings.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a
statement in Nevada (USA) today, stressed that vivah (marriage) was
the most important sanskar (sacrament) for Hindus. Indulgence in
lavish expenditures, self-promotion, image-consciousness, over
extravagance and egocentrism should be kept out of these sacred
Introduced by the sage Svetaketu in pre-BCE period, marriage in
Hinduism was considered sacrosanct and the highest duty or dharma and
was binding not only this life but in the life hereafter.
Over-extravagance was diluting its seriousness, solemnity, purpose
and purity; the Hindu statesman noted.
We should go through the sacred rites of traditional Hindu
marriage handed down to us by our forefathers with piety instead of
plunging into grand displays, materialism, and outspending in
competition with relatives-peers, Zed pointed out.
According to him Hindus need to reset their priorities as love,
dharma, commitment and sacredness were much more important as
compared to venues, food, party and dresses.
“Are moments of making lifelong commitment not appear shallower
amidst excessive showmanship?” Rajan Zed asked.