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Taken from __A Comprehensive Indian Wedding Planner__, by Sarbjit K. Gill (2001) Taken from __A Comprehensive Indian Wedding Planner__, by Sarbjit K. Gill (2001)
-The Sikh ceremony truly begins when the bride and groom and their friends and family arrive at the gurdwara. Both sides of the wedding party greet each other in a ceremony known as milni. The congregation is served with tea and snacks. Only the groom is present at this time; the bride waits in a private area before making her first public appearance.+The Sikh ceremony truly begins when the bride and groom and their 
 +friends and family arrive at the gurdwara. Both sides of the wedding 
 +party greet each other in a ceremony known as milni. The congregation 
 +is served with tea and snacks. Only the groom is present at this time; 
 +the bride waits in a private area before making her first public 
 +appearance.
-The granthi-ji will recite kirtan or sing religious hymns (gurbani). As kirtan is recited, the wedding party pays respect (matthatakna) by bowing their heads and offering money or blessings in front of the Sri Guru Granth Shaib Ji (Adi Granth). As the granthi recites kirtan, the groom and his entourage walk down the aisle with a ceremonial dagger (kirpan) and scarf (pallah). The groom and his parents offer a cloth covering (rumala) and other gifts to the gurdwara. The groom is seated alone in front of the Adi Granth. The older sister of the groom removes the feather (khulgee) and veil (sehra) from his turban. The bride is then escorted down the aisle by her entourage. After the bride pays her respect to the Adi Granth, the granthi recites the following passage:+The granthi-ji will recite kirtan or sing religious hymns 
 +(gurbani). As kirtan is recited, the wedding party pays respect 
 +(matthatakna) by bowing their heads and offering money or blessings in 
 +front of the Sri Guru Granth Shaib Ji (Adi Granth). As the granthi 
 +recites kirtan, the groom and his entourage walk down the aisle with a 
 +ceremonial dagger (kirpan) and scarf (pallah). The groom and his 
 +parents offer a cloth covering (rumala) and other gifts to the 
 +gurdwara. The groom is seated alone in front of the Adi Granth. The 
 +older sister of the groom removes the feather (khulgee) and veil 
 +(sehra) from his turban. The bride is then escorted down the aisle by 
 +her entourage. After the bride pays her respect to the Adi Granth, the 
 +granthi recites the following passage:
-//Keeta loriay kam so har pai aakhiya// 
- +<note tip> 
 +//Keeta loriay kam so har pai aakhiya//
Before the undertaking, seek the grace of God Before the undertaking, seek the grace of God
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Nanak says that by praising the true Lord, we will understand the infinite Nanak says that by praising the true Lord, we will understand the infinite
 +</note>
-Next, the granthi reads a religious hymn called kathal gurbani vichar.  This hymn is a sermon about the wedding, emphasizing the importance of prayer, family life and the celebration of the individual uniting with God.+Next, the granthi reads a religious hymn called kathal gurbani 
 +vichar. This hymn is a sermon about the wedding, emphasizing 
 +the importance of prayer, family life and the celebration of the 
 +individual uniting with God.
-The granthi asks the couple and their parents to stand as he/she recites Ardas.  The priest will ask for God's blessing (sikhya) and remind the couple of their duties as man and wife.  Both the wife and the husband must take a vow of fidelity with one another.  The wife must promise to be content with her new life and partner and in return her husband vows to protect, respect and honor her.  The couple then bows before the Adi Granth.  Now the officiant sings a passage from the Adi Granth about the Pallah ceremony.+The granthi asks the couple and their parents to stand as he/she 
 +recites Ardas. The priest will ask for God's blessing (sikhya) and 
 +remind the couple of their duties as man and wife. Both the wife 
 +and the husband must take a vow of fidelity with one another. The 
 +wife must promise to be content with her new life and partner and in 
 +return her husband vows to protect, respect and honor her. The 
 +couple then bows before the Adi Granth. Now the officiant sings a 
 +passage from the Adi Granth about the Pallah ceremony.
-The bride's father will take one end of the groom's pallah and place it in his daughter's hands to symbolize the giving away of the bride. This joint holding of the pallah also signifies the union of the two souls with God.  The granthi sings the following passage:+The bride's father will take one end of the groom's pallah and place 
 +it in his daughter's hands to symbolize the giving away of the 
 +bride. This joint holding of the pallah also signifies the union of 
 +the two souls with God. The granthi sings the following passage:
-//Ostat nindha Nanak ji Mai Hub Van Nyae// 
- +<note tip> 
 +//Ostat nindha Nanak ji Mai Hub Van Nyae//
I forsake both praise and ignominy I forsake both praise and ignominy
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I cling to thee, my Lord I cling to thee, my Lord
 +</note>
-At this point the granthi advises the congregation (sangat) and the couple to meditate upon God’s name.  The granthi also asks them to bless the bride and groom, and advises the couple to feel strong and united as they take each one of the marriage rounds.  At this point, a passage is recited:+At this point the granthi advises the congregation (sangat) and the 
 +couple to meditate upon God's name. The 
 +granthi also asks them to bless the bride and groom, and advises the 
 +couple to feel strong and united as they take each one of the marriage 
 +rounds. At this point, a passage is recited:
 +<note tip>
//Dhan pjir eh na akhiyan behn ikathe hoe, ek jot doey murti dhan phir kahiye soe// //Dhan pjir eh na akhiyan behn ikathe hoe, ek jot doey murti dhan phir kahiye soe//
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-  
They are not husband and wife who just sit together, but rather a husband and wife that share one soul between two bodies They are not husband and wife who just sit together, but rather a husband and wife that share one soul between two bodies
 +</note>
-The granthi then begins reading the four lavan composed by Guru Ram Das. The four lavan represent the four stages of spirituality and life: family and community, selfless love and fear, detachment and harmony.  They serve as instructions given by God to the “bride." God is considered the “husband," while all other individuals serve as the “bride." Each lavan emphasizes the different aspects of spiritual development that the “bride” must undergo to reach the “husband” in a blissful union.  Marriage is not simply a contract, but a sacrament made in accordance with God.+The granthi then begins reading the four lavan composed by Guru Ram 
 +Das. The four lavan represent the four stages of spirituality and 
 +life: family and community, selfless love and fear, detachment and 
 +harmony. They serve as instructions given by God to the "bride." 
 +God is considered the "husband," while all other individuals serve as 
 +the "bride." Each lavan emphasizes the differentaspects of 
 +spiritual development that the "bride" must undergo to reach the 
 +"husband" in a blissful union. Marriage is not simply a contract, 
 +but a sacrament made in accordance with God.
-After the granthi recites each lavan, the groom leads the bride with the pallah and walks clockwise around the Adi Granth.  The bride is escorted by different male relatives who emotionally and physically guide her throughout the ceremony.  This also symbolizes the bride’s departure from each family member as she is wed closer to her husband.  After each circle, both the bride and groom kneel and bow before the Adi Granth.  Once all four lavan are completed, the bride and groom are wed in accordance with God.+After the granthi recites each lavan, the groom leads the bride with 
 +the pallah and walks clockwise around the Adi Granth. The bride is 
 +escorted by different male relatives who emotionally and physically 
 +guide her throughout the ceremony. This also symbolizes the 
 +bride's departure from each family member as she is wed 
 +closer to her husband. After each circle, both the bride and groom 
 +kneel and bow before the Adi Granth. Once all four lavan are 
 +completed, the bride and groom are wed in accordance with God.
-The ardas concludes with Jaikara, in which the congregation proclaims, “Boley so neehal, sat sri akal!" (Whoever utters truth is God/eternity, shall be fulfilled!)  The granthi then reads a random passage from the holy book.  Afterwards a blessed sweet (karah prashad) is distributed throughout the whole congregation.  The congregation should accept it with both hands to show respect.  A final prayer is recited as the Adi Granth is escorted out of the room.+The ardas concludes with Jaikara, in which the congregation proclaims, 
 +"Boley so neehal, sat sri akal!" (Whoever utters "Truth 
 +is God/eternity", shall be fulfilled!) The granthi then reads a 
 +random passage from the holy book. Afterwards a blessed sweet 
 +(karah prashad)is distributed throughout the whole 
 +congregation. The congregation should accept it with both hands to 
 +show respect. A final prayer is recited as the Adi Granth is 
 +escorted out of the room.
-Afterwards, the congregation is invited to congratulate and bless the newly wedded couple.  Gifts and blessings are placed in the pallah, and the couple will be adorned with numerous garlands.  The wedding party then offers a vegetarian meal (langar) to their guests.+Afterwards, the congregation is invited to congratulate and bless the 
 +newly wedded couple. Gifts and blessings are placed in the pallah, 
 +and the couple will be adorned with numerous garlands. The wedding 
 +party then offers a vegetarian meal (langar) to their guests.
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