Hinduism And Hindu Theology - What Is Agnipradakshinam?

Agnipradakshinam means "circling the flames" in Sanskrit. 

  • The bride and groom complete seven steps to officially seal their marriage in many contemporary Hindu marriage rituals, which is typically done as part of the saptapadi. 
  • The bride and groom perform seven revolutions around a tiny fire by combining the saptapadi and the agnipradakshinam. 
  • The fire, as the deity Agni, is the heavenly witness to the bride and groom's marital connection, which is typically represented by attaching the groom's hat to the bride's sari fringe. 

The fire also indicates that the marriage ceremony is a yajna, or sacrifice ritual.

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