MARRIAGE CEREMONY IN
The Star, Malaysia: Bukit Mertajam, Malaysia, February 12/05:
After 10 years, school sweethearts Lee Li Lin and K.A.
Vijayakumar found the most memorable time to tie the nuptial knot: at 4.40
A temple priest had advised them that it was the most
auspicious time to get married explained the couple who went through their
wedding rites according to Hindu custom at the groom's house.
Despite the unusual time, about 100 family members,
relatives and friends witnessed the wedding ceremony. Lee, a 23-year-old
clerk and Vijayakumar, a 26-year-old technician, said that a priest told
them that the time between 3.30 am and 5 am, known as the brama muhurtam
(time when the Heavenly Gods ascend to earth to bless a couple), was the
most auspicious time to get married. Australian expatriate Geoff Endres, 50
who was among the wedding guests, said he was fascinated by the ceremony.
"Certainly, I have never attended a wedding at 4 am," he quipped.
In veDik time
measurement system a muhuuARt
is a duration of 48 minutes. In a day and night of 24 hours there are 30
The 2 muHuuARt
duration before sunrise is called bRHm-muHuuARt
which is ordained in veD
as the time for performing daily puujaa,
worship, meditation and study of veD.
A person living a veDik lifestyle
is required by veD shaasTR to get
up in the bRHm-muHuuARt and
perform puujaa, meditation and
study of veD prior to the rising of the sun every day.
The 15 muhuuARt
of the day time are divided into a 5 time span of
3 muhuuARt duration each and from
the time the sun's half rising on the horizon are called in sequence:
mDH`yaaHn (noon), apraaHn (afternoon) and
Each of the 30
muHuuARt in a 24 hour cylce has a name and has attributes of
3-guno of sttvik, rjsik and
tmsik which in turn could be of
good, indifferent or bad omens for the activities undertaken during the
For example, the time duration from 9 pm to 4
pm is ordained for creations of raaKSHshik
living beings of raaKSHshik vRuttii
are asurik (evil)
or aDHARmik (paapi) nature and
are ordained to become awake and active during this time period. And their
kARm are harmful and/or
fatal to all living beings during this night time period. Therefore humans
or living beings of good nature are not advised to venture out during this
time duration to avoid the adverse life effects.
Recent surveys in many countries prove
this fact with statistics that majority of major thefts, murders, shootings,
fights in bars and night clubs, fatal car and other accidents and avoidable
life harm to innocent beings caught in the cross-fire or being at a wrong
place at the wrong time occurs during this period of the night as ordained