Amongst all of the sixteen Hindu sacraments,
vivha (marriage) is considered to be the most
important one in a person's life. The giving
away of the bride in marriage is a joyous, yet
poignant experience for both the girl as well
as her family. The bride is forsaking the love
and security of the family in which she grew
up and stepping into a new life with strangers.
With each step of saptpadi that she takes, the
significance of the way it will change her life
comes into her consciousness. This song from
Northern India describes these feelings as the
wedding ceremony is proceeding.