NewZNew (Chandigarh) : While addressing congregation at Sant Nirankari Satsang Bhawan, Sector 30-A, Chandigarh Sh. Mohinder Singh ji Sanyojak said that Fifty-six couples tied their nuptial knot at a mass marriage ceremony organized by the Social Welfare Department of the Sant Nirankari Mission Delhi today. The mass marriages were organized in a simple ceremony held at Samagam Ground, Burari Road, ahead of the 67th Annual Nirankari Sant Samagam scheduled to be held from November 15 to 17, 2014. While His Holiness Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj and Pujya Mata Sawinder Ji blessed the couples, thousands of devotees including the parents, friends and relatives of the brides and bridegrooms, attended the ceremony.
The simple ceremony was marked by the traditional Jaymala followed by a Common Garland for each couple – a special feature of a Nirankari wedding. Four sacred hymns (Lawan) were recited by singers with full spirit of devotion. Simultaneously, His Holiness Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj and Pujya Mata Sawinder Ji showered the flower-petals from the dais. The devotees also joined them in showering the flowers.
Among bridegrooms, 23 belonged to Delhi while 9 came from Uttar Pradesh, 8 from Haryana, 4 from Punjab, 2 each from Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra and 1 each from Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. One bridegroom came from Canada and another from the U.K. Among brides, 20 came from Delhi, 11 from Uttar Pradesh, 7 from Punjab, 5 from Haryana, 3 from Himachal Pradesh, 2 from Bihar and 1 each from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Tripura.
The Mass Marriages were marked by 2 Inter-country and 21 Inter-state weddings. Thirty-three couples belonged to the same State, including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.
Blessing the couples, His Holiness congratulated the families to have chosen this simple ceremony. Certainly they are receiving blessings from such a vast family of Sadh Sangat which they would have not found in society otherwise. He said that they are definitely inspired by their devotion to God and faith in Sadh Sangat.
His Holiness observed that the couples and their families have come from 15 States of the country including Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka down South. This presents a beautiful example of Unity in Diversity for the world to follow.
Baba Ji said that the Common Garland that the couples wear here is a symbol of love, tolerance, patience and humility which they must adopt while performing the duties towards the family and the society. He advised them to remain in touch with Satsang from, where human virtues like humility, broad-vision, tolerance and contentment would come in their life. Moreover, Baba Ji said that all these qualities are not necessary for the newly weds only but all other members in their families also.