Ceremonial rites and rituals occupy a place of utmost importance in the life of a devout Hindu. In fact, there are no vital actions– birth, initiation, marriage, death etc.– which can be allowed to be performed without its appropriate rite or samskara. The number of samskaras has been fluctuating but was finally fixed at sixteen.
Marriage is the most important and elaborate out of these sixteen samskaras. Manu enjoins that rituals should be performed in the case of a virgin for legalizing the marriage, legitimatizing children and
avoiding public scandal.
The mantras used in the nuptial rites being in Sanskrit are beyond the
comprehension of not only the average Hindi but even the common priests
entrusted with the duty of conducting the rituals. To overcome this
difficulty the present book was originally prepared in Hindi and is now
translated into English with the mantras etc. romanized for the benefit
of those who do not have adequate knowledge of Hindi, for example
especially those whose forefathers had migrated to remote countries
during the last one hundred years or so.