Hindu Marriage Prayer
(Used in the wedding ceremony)
I take hold of your hand for good fortune, so that with me, the husband, you may attain to old age; the solar deities give you to me for conducting domestic life. ... I am the words and you are the melody; I am the melody and you are the words. ...
To the Two:
May you not be separated; may you reach your full years, sporting with sons and grandsons and delighting in your house.
To the Bride:
Flourish thou, without fierce looks and without harming your husband. ..be of amiable mind and of great splendor; be the mother of heroes, be devoted to gods and the bringer of happiness; be propitious to our men and our women and to our cattle. Bounteous Indra! Endow this bride with excellent sons and fortune; give her ten sons and make her husband the eleventh [i.e., the husband should be attended with love and care as if he were the youngest child].
Rig-Veda X, 85