The Arya Samaj was founded by Maharishi Swami Dayananda Saraswati. He was a scholar who believed in the authority of the Vedas. The motto of the Arya Samaj is “Krinvanto Vishwam Aryam”. The society of the Arya Samaj was created in an effort to preserve the original values and beliefs of Hinduism as stated in the original values and beliefs of Hinduism as stated in the original scriptures of Hindus: The Vedas.
Arya Samaj is a society that was formed, not as a new religion, but as a coming together of men and women of noble thoughts and actions who believe in the underlying principles of Vaidik Satya Sanatana Dharma.
Arya Samaj does not believe in caste system. It believes that every individual shall be judged by his character and actions and not by his birthright. The Arya Samaj embraced the lower caste people and untouchables, and educated them and welcomed them in their satsangs and religious gatherings.
The Arya Samaj propagates the motto “Back to the Vedas” and promotes these scriptures as the one true source of all knowledge. It promotes the Veda as the original scripture of all mankind. It believes that acceptance of vedas will bring about a unity in the religious thinking of Hindus. The Vedas promote universal peace and its teachings are universal in character and apply to all people at all times.
Marriages in Arya Samaj are done according to Arya Samaj Mandir rules. These marriages are done in a simple and inexpensive way and are also completely legal by law. Once the marriage rituals are completed couples are provided with provisional marriage certificates which they can apply at the Registrar of Marriages to get a marriage certificate. Arya Samaj mandir’s are widely available all over the India. Every year they perform numerous numbers of marriages of all kind such as widow marriage, inter-caste & inter-religious marriage and even registered court legal marriage for people from all caste and religion.
For example a couple who wish to get married in Rajasthan can simply go to Arya Samaj mandir in Alwar, Rajasthan and get married there. They provide all kind of marriage services such as decorations, bridal make-up, video making and any such extra services as per the couple’s requirements. At Arya Samaj mandir in Alwar they follow the Vedic principles very strictly so that the process is competed in a completely authentic manner.
Marriages in Arya Samaj mandir are performed based on Vedas. Vedic mantras and chants are recited, and are further translated into simple language so that both the bride and the groom can understand the meaning and significance of marriage. Marriages performed in Arya samaj mandir are very simple and gets solemnized within 2-3 hours.
Arya Samaj marriages commences with the arrival of the groom in the weeding venue. After this the bride and the groom both sit in the mandap in front of the holy fire and the pundit starts chanting mantras and tells them about their duties after marriage. The couple then together takes parikrama and performs the ritual called Saptapadi where they take seven rounds around the sacred fire. Once the marriage is completed, the couples take blessings of their elders and the bride afterwards starts living in her husband’s home. Marriages in Arya Samaj reflect Indian weddings in its simplest and purest form where importance is given on rituals and Vedic mantras.