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The ritual of Panigrahana follows after the yajna. Bridegroom seizes the right hand of the bride. This ritual is symbolical of taking a girl's responsibility. It is sacred responsibility as the girl is supposed to be given by his father and the guardian deities who witness the marriage. The prayer suggests a prosperous married life.
After maangalya dhaaranam, the bridegroom lowers his right palm and enfolds it over the bride's right hand. Mantras are recited in praise of Bhaga, Aryama, Savita, Lord Indra
, Lord Agni
, Surya, Vayu and Goddess Saraswati
, while holding the hand of the bride. The closed fingers of the bride denote her heart. This ritual also symbolizes the bride surrendering her heart in the groom's hand during the marriage.
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