Indian Arts and Culture Sikhism All About Sikh Wedding Ceremony and Marriage Customs All About Anand Karaj and Sikh Matrimonial Rites Share Flipboard Email Print Sikhism Life and Culture Origins Sacred Scriptures Baby Names By Sukhmandir Khalsa Sikhism Expert Sukhmandir Kaur is a Sikh author, educator, and the president of Dharam Khand Sikh Academy. our editorial process Sukhmandir Khalsa Updated April 26, 2019 Anand Karaj, the Sikh marriage ceremony, emphasizes the spiritual nature of physical union. Sikh wedding hymns describe the wedded state of the soul bride with the divine groom. Marital bliss and family harmony is exemplified by the Sikh gurus, who entered matrimony and fathered children. Sikh matrimonial customs, dos and don'ts, outlined in Sikh Reht Maryada (SRM), the code of conduct, include wedding ceremony rites, love and romance, arranged marriage, child brides, dowry, widow remarriage and ritual taboos. Matrimonial quizzes test your understanding of wedding protocol and the concept of marriage in Sikhism. Sikh Marriage and Wedding Ceremony Customs Bride And Groom Stand Before Guru Granth Sahib. Photo © [Gurumustuk Singh Khalsa] The Anand Karaj sikh wedding ceremony takes place in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib, Sikhism's holy scripture, with bride groom, family members, and wedding guests present in the gurdwara or suitable wedding hall. More: Anand Karaj, the Sikh Marriage Ceremony Program GuideSikh Wedding Ceremony Rites IllustratedLavan, Sikhism's Four Wedding RoundsBarat, Bride Groom's Wedding PartyAnand Karaj, a Blissful Business Sikh Wedding Hymns Words and Meanings Sikh Bride and Groom Sing At Their Wedding. Photo © [Gurumustuk Singh Khalsa] Marriage in Sikhism is a spiritual affair. The Sikh wedding hymns describe the longing and fulfillment of the soul bride as she merges in divine union with her beloved groom: "Shabad Ratee Sohaaganee" - "Hymn of The Happy Soul Bride" Precluding hymns: " - "Tell Your Wishes to the Lord"" - They Are Not Husband and Wife Because They Sit Together" "Pallai Taiddai Lagee" - "I Grasp Your Hem" Hymns of "Laav" the four rounds of the wedding ceremony: "Har Peh-larr-ee Laav" - "Rounds of the Marriage Ceremony" Concluding hymns: "Anand Sahib" - "Song of Bliss" "Veeahu Hoa Mere Babula" - "My Marriage Has Been Performed" - "My Hopes and Desires Are Fulfilled O Lord" Love, Romance, Relationships and Marriage in Sikhism Wedded Bride and Groom. Photo © [Gurumustuk Singh Khalsa] Sikhism marriages are often arranged. Regardless of the body's gender, its soul is considered to have the feminine aspect of soul bride which corresponds with the male aspect of divine groom. Only within the sanction of marriage does the spiritual bond manifest in physical union of bride and groom. All other relationships are that of soul sisters. The Soul Bride and Spiritual Love in Sikhism: Prem Dhey Theer, the Arrows of Spiritual Love in SikhismPrem Dhey Theer, The Soul Bride's Spiritual ValentineSend Prem Dhey Theer, Spiritual Arrows of Love Love, Romance and Marriage in Sikhism: Love and Romance in SikhismFalling in Love - What Does it Mean?Divorce by Ardaas the Undoing of Anand Karaj? Sikh Matrimonial Dos and Don'ts Sikh Bride and Groom Seated Before Guru Granth Sahib in Anand Karaj Wedding Ceremony. Photo © [Gurumustuk Singh Khalsa] The Sikhism code of conduct (SRM) is very specific about wedding ceremony protocol and marriage as to what is permissible and what is not: Eleven Sikhism Matrimonial Dos and Don'tsAre Widows Allowed to Remarry in Sikhism?Do Sikhs Believe in Child Marriage? Sikh Matrimonial Quizzes Sikhism Wedding. Photo © [Gurumustuk Singh Khalsa] Quizzes are a fun and enlightening way to increase your knowledge. Take these Sikh matrimonial quizzes to challenge your understanding of Sikh wedding customs. Quiz: Relationships?Quiz: Wedding Ardas?Quiz: Bride Price or Dowry?Quiz: Remarriage For Widows?Quiz: Where is a Sikh Wedding Held?Quiz: When is a Sikh Couple Officially Wed?T or F: Sikhism Marriage is Between Man and Woman?