May 14, 2013
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BLESSINGS

BLESSINGS

In India, financial constraints and social norms transform the marriage of girl children into a massive burden for the family. The social customs put a huge burden because of the practice of dowry and the sea of senseless and expensive rituals. Therefore, for poor people, getting their daughters married off is a majorly strenuous undertaking. In India, families having a large number of daughters are sometimes driven to suicide. Therefore, the devotees help arrange marriages of girls from poor families. In this they arrange the customary household articles, organize the feast and help the family in getting a simple marriage, as far as possible. Simplicity is the keyword, but the social necessities are fulfilled to save the parents from embarrassment. This is a major movement which is being carried out wherever in India Dera followers exist. The poor deem daughters as a burden in India. Dowry is a menace which renders daughters an economically difficult proposition to bring up for the poor while the irrational quest for sons also increases the family size. Poor parents start worrying about a daughters' marriage as soon as she is born. These parents who live in penury are perpetually tormented about the spending towards getting their daughter married. In their hour of need, the devotees of Dera Sacha Sauda step in with a noble sentiment to help them tide over their difficulties. From arranging the Bride's house hold effects to looking after the guests, the devotees leave no stone unturned in helping poor girls have a simple ritual free wedding. The parents leave an enormous sigh of relief at this, as a lifetime's burden is swept off. This is a welcome change from the rough and tumble of ostentation and pomp, ritual and noise that are the essential accompaniments of most marriages in India. But at the same time, the dignity and gaiety is maintained.