ਅਨੰਦ ਕਾਰਜ Anand Karaj

Anand Karaj is the Sikh marriage ceremony, meaning “Blissful Union” or “Joyful Union”. Today I was lucky to be part of the same at the Ulsoor lake gurudwara. It was breath-taking 😀

The Laava, or four stanzas, are read and then sung during the ceremony to formalize and sanctify the marriage. The Sikh religious wedding ceremony, which almost always these days takes place in a Gurudwara, the Sikh place of worship. The ceremony is held in the presence of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy book and the Saadh Sangat, the holy congregation. Any Amritdhari (man or woman who is a strict adherent of Sikhism) may perform the marriage ceremony.

ਧਨ ਪਿਰੁ ਏਹਿ ਨ ਆਖੀਅਨਿ ਬਹਨਿ ਇਕਠੇ ਹੋਇ ॥
Dhan pir ayhi na aakhee-an bahan ikthay ho-ay.
They are not said to be husband and wife, who merely sit together.

ਏਕ ਜੋਤਿ ਦੁਇ ਮੂਰਤੀ ਧਨ ਪਿਰੁ ਕਹੀਐ ਸੋਇ ॥੩॥
ayk jot du-ay moortee Dhan pir kahee-ai so-ay. ((3))
They alone are called husband and wife, who have one light in two bodies. ((3))

The following are other important points that must be adhered to by the Sikh couple and their families:

  • Both partners must be Sikhs. {the one I witnessed, the girl was a kannadiga and the guy was Panju}
  • Marriage is a partnership of equals.
  • No consideration is to be given to Caste, Social Status, Race or lineage.
  • No Dowry is allowed.
  • No day is considered holier than any other; No astrological considerations are to be made; No superstitions are to be observed in fixing the date of the wedding.
  • The religious ceremony to take place in a Gurdwara or home of the Bride in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib.
  • The religious ceremony must NOT take place in a hotel, wedding palace or Banqueting Hall. {but the reception usually takes place at a hall}
  • Burden of the cost of the wedding to be shared as equally as possible. {very true}

Its a very solemn occasion and I was very pleased to be a part of one 🙂

Cheers

Pallavi

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6 thoughts on “ਅਨੰਦ ਕਾਰਜ Anand Karaj

  1. AMAZING!! I didnt know that any Indian marriage could be so focussed on equality and be so flexible to even religion to be able to allow a kanndiga to get married!

  2. Simply loved the article. The description above was accurate in worldly sense (maan-mukhi). The Anand Karaj has a different meaning altogether. It’s sung by the Guru Nanak Sahib Ji for union of Soul and The Lord – Jyoti Jyot Ralli.

    Thanks for sharing it!

    God Bless!

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