Mantras are certain words or syllables, enchanted in a manner to produce a harmonized flow of energy. Every enchanted mantra creates a vibration which is supposed to be a key to different dimensions of living and life.
"Mantras can also be used to control and focus the energies."
Although mantras can create harmony and do good to humankind, it can also be a destroyer if pronounced in a wrong way.
Mantras find their way in almost all the rituals of Hindus, be it sagaai, or the wedding itself.
The meanings of these Paanigrahana(wedding) mantras are:
1) O Lord Indra! May you bring together this newly married couple in the same manner as a pair of chakravaka birds; let them enjoy marital bliss, and along with their progeny, live a full life.
2) In my duty, in my financial commitments, in my needs, I will not violate you.
3) I hold your hand so that we may have worthy children and may we be blessed to be inseparable. May the Gods Indra, Varuna and Savitru bless me to be an ideal householder with your kind support. 4) You have walked seven steps with me; be my friend. We have walked seven steps together; let us be friends. Let me get your friendship. Let me not part from your friendship. May you not part from my friendship.
5) I am the sky and you are the earth. I am the giver of energy and you are the receiver. I am the mind and you are the word. I am (saama) music and you are the song (RRik). You and I follow each other. 6) Thought was pillow, and the sight the collyrium of the eyes; heaven and earth were her treasure box when Surya went to her spouse (Soma).
7) I your husband, take your hand for perfect enjoyment with me; may you attain long life. Bhaaga, Aryamaa, Savitar, and Purnadhi have given you to me to be my home's mistress.
8) May you be cherished by your husband, as Sarmishthaa was cherished by Yadaati. And may you bear a son, as did Puru, who shall be sovereign of the world.
9) Kashyapa says:- Let these sacrificial fires, whose places are fixed round the altar, fed with holy wood, having the Dharbha grass strewn around their margins, removing sin by the perfume of the oblations, purify you.
10) Kashyapa says:- Pay respectful attention to your elders; treat other women of the family as your dear friends; should your husband wrong you, let not your resentment lead your disobedience. Be ever courteous towards your servants; not puffed with pride in your fortune. By such behavior, young women become honored wives; but perverse wives are the bane of a family.
11) Kashyapa says:- In truth, a daughter is another's property; and having today sent her to her lord, I find my soul has become quite clear as if after restoring a deposit.
12) When, by the presence of these (Uma and Shiva) other couples, on the eve of their marriage, attain a rare splendor, who could describe the glory of them both?
13)By going round these blazing fire, the couple shone like night and day, clinging each other and revolving round the fringe of Mount Meru.
Just like The Christian vows, the Hindus make promises in form of Sanskrit mantras.
After the mantras, the couple approaches the elders for their blessings.