55 Couples Marry at Nirankari Mass Wedding Ceremony in Delhi

55 Couples Marry at Nirankari Mass Wedding Ceremony in Delhi

Fifty-five couples tied their nuptial knot at a mass marriage ceremony organized by the Social Welfare Department of the Sant Nirankari Mission in Delhi on November 16, 2013. The mass marriages were organized in a simple ceremony held at Samagam Ground, Burari Road, ahead of the 66th Annual Nirankari Sant Samagam scheduled to be held on November 23, 24 and 25, 2013. 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.

Among the bridegrooms, 27 belonged to Delhi, 7 to Uttar Pradesh, 6 to Haryana, 4 to Punjab, 2 each to Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand and one each came from Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Chandigarh. Among brides, 17 came from Delhi, 9 from Uttar Pradesh, 8 from Haryana, 5 from Punjab, 3 each from Maharashtra and Uttarakhand, 2 each from Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh and one each from Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Chandigarh. One bridegroom came from Dubai and one bride from UK.

The mass marriages were marked by 19 Inter-state and 2 Inter-country weddings. Four brides – three from Delhi and one from Hissar in Haryana, found in-laws in their own colonies. One family from Delhi solemnized two marriages in the same ceremony. They married their son to a bride from Chhattisgarh while the bridegroom for their daughter came from Dubai.

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.

Blessing the couples, His Holiness said: “This is a happy occasion when two families are becoming one and the bride and the bridegroom are stepping into what we call household life. As a matter of fact, those who perform their social and household responsibilities while marching on the path of devotion make their life truthful.

Those who opt for mass marriages enjoy the blessings of Sadh Sangat (fellow-devotees) which is a great advantage as compared to a single wedding ceremony at home. We celebrated the International Day of Tolerance today and organized a rally of scooter and motor cycle riders. There also it was emphasized that this virtue of tolerance holds a great significance in our families also as it keeps the atmosphere at home pleasant with love, humility and sweet language. And these virtues are not a requirement of newly weds only but others in the family too. This helps each other to perform their responsibilities smoothly.

In today’s ceremony, we have families not only from Delhi, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Karnataka and Maharashtra, but from UK and Dubai also. This is an example for others to follow. May God bless the newly wed couples so that they understand and cooperate with each other not only in their social life but spiritual aspect also. Let them enjoy all that makes life happy and prosperous and remain committed to the company of saints, selfless service and remembrance of God simultaneously.”

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International Day of Tolerance

International Day of Tolerance

With the message of ‘Tolerance for Peaceful Coexistence’ on their sweat shirts and ‘Service with Humility’ on helmets, more than 5,000 devotees of the Sant Nirankari Mission travelled on their scooters and motor cycles from all over Delhi and Greater Delhi and assembled in the Samagam Ground along Burari Road in North Delhi on November 16, 2013 to celebrate the International Day of Tolerance declared by the UN.

In a rather innovative approach to organizing a rally, the Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation provided a special kit to every participant which they put on while travelling right from their residence up to the Samagam Ground. They donned the same while going back also. They were advised to travel in groups of less than five so that the message of tolerance they sought to convey got spread extensively.

The participants carried placards with various messages related to tolerance such as: ‘Learn Tolerance from Nature’; ‘Tolerance – Base of Human Values’; ‘Tolerance – the Real Human Essence’; ‘Tolerance Takes us a Long Way’; ‘Where there is Tolerance, there is Peace’; and ‘Tolerance Ends Violence’. Similarly, there were some other messages which included: ‘Plant Trees, Save the World’; ‘Respecting Women is Respecting Humanity’; ‘Peace, not Pieces – Let’s work for it’; ‘Clean Living, Healthy Living’; and the like.

Blessing the Rally, His Holiness said that the United Nations have declared today as the ‘International Day of Tolerance’ to draw the attention of the world to the need for this human virtue for the entire mankind. As we all know, no human being is prepared to tolerate the other. There are conflicts in the name of religion, caste and other negative tendencies. We find that intolerance is disturbing every individual, family, community and nation on one account or the other. We find intolerance resulting in violence even on roads. One driver does not allow the other to pass, and there is bloodshed.

Baba Ji said that the Sant Nirankari Mission has always been committed to human values, religious tolerance and communal harmony. The Mission’s message is universal and aims at universal brotherhood which means love, compassion and tolerance. He appreciated the enthusiasm with which all the participants had joined the rally. He advised them to maintain the spirit not only while celebrating the International Day of Tolerance but in their daily life also.

The Chief Guest on the occasion, Mahabali Satpal Ji, Olympic Champion for Wrestling appreciated the Mission’s commitment towards tolerance under the benign guidance of Satguru Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj. He said that the world’s arsenals are already full of deadly weapons and, therefore, the message of tolerance is the dire need of the day.

Concluding the Rally, Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj flagged off the riders to travel back to their homes while spreading the same message, of course.

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