When it comes to Indian weddings there are a lot of terms to understand. We will be doing an Alphabet glossary series, so thank you for joining us, as we will give a brief definition on common terms used in Tampa Indian weddings and a few examples.
We are starting our series with the letter A for Agni.
Before we focus on our main word, we are going to give you a few words to be familiar with also.
Technically, Hindu god of fire. Pronounced, variously, Ag-nee; Ahn-yee; Ug-nee.
Agni means fire, which is light, energy and purity. During a Hindu wedding ceremony Agni is for sure the central focus, located on the Mandap. A lot of significant things happen around Agni, which is represented by having two heads, seven arms, and even seven tongues, for example the bride and groom circle Agni as they take their 7 steps wedding vows, it is important because it creates the sacred space for the ceremonial bond. In Hindu culture, marriage is one of the most important, which also means the Agni is required during the ceremony.
Tips: If you are having an Indian ceremony at a Tampa Bay hotel, check for fire codes to see if open flames is allowed, if not you might need to rethink your location.
I am so excited to share more with you on this series, but if you do have questions or planning an Indian wedding in Tampa, Orlando, contact us to get tips and get started.