Stages Of Hinduism

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“Hinduism is a major world religion, not merely by virtue of its many followers, but also because of its profound influence on many other religions during its long, unbroken history, beginning about 1500 BC.” (Hinduism). The term Hinduism comes from the Indus river which flows through Pakistan. Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world, out of all the larger belief systems. The Hindu religion has been around for thousands of years and contains many beliefs, practices, and types of worship. Hindus have a bountiful amount of gods, including the god Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu, this idea can be contrasted with the Christian ideal of one God. Hinduism originated in India and is still practiced around the world today.
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One stage in the Hindu faith is the grihastha and this stage is all about getting married and having a home. In India, which is one of the country with the largest population of Hindus tend to have arranged marriages. The definition of arranged marriage is, “A marriage planned and agreed to by the families or guardians of the bride and groom, who have little or no say in the matter themselves” (Definition of Arranged Marriage in English). There are many stages involved in a Hindu wedding and it is a long and lengthy process. The first stage is Jayamaala which is when the bride 's family welcomes the future husband into the house where the wedding will take place. The next stage is Madhu-Parka which is when the bridegroom is brought to a special altar and offered a drink that is a mixture of milk, ghee, yoghurt, honey, and sugar. Next is Gau Daan and Kanya Pratigrahan this stage is the dowry which is a gift that the bride 's parents gives the groom. Vivaha-homa is when a fire is lit and the priest recites something similar to vows. Paanigrahan is when the groom recites vows to his wife. Shilarohan and Laaja Homa is when the bride steps over a stone to symbolize her overcoming difficulties in her duties. Then the husband marks the wife 's forehead with red powder to show that they are married. Sapta-Padi is the main part of the ceremony and this is also the legal part of the ceremony. At the end of this ceremony a symbolic knot is tied. Surya Darshan and Dhruva Darshan is when the couple asks to be blessed with a creative life. Ashirvada is the last stage, which is when the elders bless the couple and wish them a long and happy marriage (Prinja, Nawal

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