Kanyādāna [1] is a Hindu wedding ritual.[2][1] One possible origin of this tradition can be traced to 15th century stone inscriptions found in Vijayanagara empire in South India.[3] There are different interpretations regarding kanyādān across India (South Asia).

Hindu Wedding Ritual


Kanyādāna [1] is a Hindu wedding ritual dating as far back as the 15th century, as can be evidenced by several stone inscriptions found in the Vijayanagara empire. As the name suggests, Kanyā = girl, dāna= acceptance, meaning suggest as per sandhiviched= accepting a girl to a man's family. In a deep meaning, a father is giving his responsibility of her girl to a man, who will handle this further, as he was handling. Also we can say bride is accepting groom Gotra.

Kanyādāna songsEdit

In communities where kanyādāna is performed as part of the actual wedding, the ritual is carried out through a variety of kanyādāna songs. These songs may include the parents lamenting the loss of their daughter, as well as regretting their economic sacrifice for the wedding. Other songs focus on the groom, for example comparing him to the "ideal groom", the god Rama, in the epic Ramayana. Importantly, the kanyādān ritual occurs right before the Sindoor ritual (sindurdan).[4]

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  1. ^ a b c "KANNIKADHANAM | Kanchi Periva Forum". periva.proboards.com. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  2. ^ Enslin, Elizabeth. "Imagined Sisters: The Ambiguities of Women’s Poetics and Collective Actions". Selves in Time and Place: Identities, Experience, and History in Nepal. Ed. Debra Skinner, Alfred Pach III, and Dorothy Holland. Lanham; Boulder; New York; Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1998 (269-299).
  3. ^ Mahalingam, T.V (1940). Administration and Social Life under Vijayanagar. University of Madras. pp. 255-256.
  4. ^ Henry, Edward O. "Folk Song Genres and Their Melodies in India: Music Use and Genre Process". Asian Music (Spring-Summer 2000). JSTOR. 20 February 2008.

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