Authentic Hindu weddings with a modern twist

 

My name is Kamal Pandey. I was born in a family of Hindu Brahmin priests. I began studying the Vedic scriptures at the age of 6, in a gurukul ashram in Vrindavan, India, the birthplace of Lord Krishna.

My strong cultural and traditional foundation stems from the 10 years of education and nurture in the gurukul environment. This experience allowed me to develop a deep understanding of the Vedic Shastras whilst providing groundwork for my journey into becoming a priest.

Upon completion of my studies in Vrindavan, India, I travelled to the UK. Here, I was presented with wonderful opportunities to strengthen my understanding of the Vedic Shastras. I gained experience in worship at the temple and have become increasingly aware of a system of rites which are important for different stages in a person’s life. I continue to learn the significance of spirituality and what it means to each individual.

My journey and my interests took me to the path of priesthood. For the past 10 years I have enthusiastically conducted wedding ceremonies, religious ceremonies and ceremonies specific to rites of a person.

I conduct ceremonies, in particular wedding ceremonies throughout the UK and abroad. My goal is to always deliver a service from the heart, in uniting more than just 2 people, but in bringing families together by providing an understanding of the meaning of marriage – in explaining the sanctity of the vows.

I perform a ‘silent’ Hindu wedding ceremony. I recite the verses from the Holy texts in Sanskrit with an explanation in English, Hindi, Gujarati or Nepalese. The explanations are provided at various stages throughout the ceremony. This allows the couple and the guests to understand the reasons for each part of the ceremony. This is also ideal for anyone who is from a non-Hindu background and provides an opportunity for everyone to participate in the ceremony. Primarily, this opens up respect to the sacred Vedic ceremony. Guests can observe and witness the acceptance of sacred vows by further allowing the verses to be heard and understood.

The ceremony can be tailored to incorporate family traditions whilst focusing on the essence of Vedic shastra within a timely fashion.

The bride and groom-to-be need to feel comfortable, calm and relaxed on their special day. It’s a joyous and blessed occasion. I provide a personal service to the bride, groom and their families with an opportunity for them to enjoy their ceremony as much as any other part of the day.