The Symbol of Love & Devotion
“I will forever wear this ring as a sign of my commitment and the desire of my heart”
If Mangalsutra (Thaali or Thirumangalyam), 'the sacred marriage-time pendant’ symbolizes a married woman, a ring worn by a man is a visible sign of the vows that he is belong to someone and that someone belongs to him.
Ring exchanging ceremony is an important celebration affair and it holds a lot of meaning in the Indian wedding traditions. This is a symbolic acceptance of the relationship between a woman and a man to validate the wedding vow.
According to the ancient Indian epic, Ramayana, it describes a love story between Rama, an ancient King, and Sita, who is abducted by Ravana, the King of Ceylon. The ring of Rama is the most precious evidence for Sita given to Hanuman by Rama and has a great importance in the course of Ramayana. This indicates the ancient Indian custom of exchanging rings in marriage. This is the ring prepared by Sita in her kingdom Mithila and she herself put it on Rama’s finger during their marriage. When Hanuman gives this ring to Sita, she saw Rama in that ring and bathed the ring with her tears, kissed the ring, feeling Rama in it, and entered into higher states of consciousness.
Though Hanuman offered to Sita that he could carry Sita over his shoulders and takes her to Rama, however, Sita refuses, “My son, you are a brahmachari and I am pativrata, who has taken the vow not to touch any man other than my Lord, Rama; therefore, I will wait until Sri Rama comes and destroys the demon. Will you kindly convey my heart’s of love that I do not think or dream of any other than Rama”.
This signifies the importance of exchanging rings as a token of love and devotion between the couple. Circle in its nature, the ring has no beginning and no ending, which symbolizes the love between them, will never deteriorate. Traditionally, the rings are made of gold in order to represent a long married life; since it is long-lasting and unaffected by the passage of time, it is considered a suitable material for everyday wear as well as a metaphor for the relationship. It is believed that the ring finger of the hand has a vein leading directly to the heart. Therefore the groom wears the ring on his ring finger of his right hand and the bride wears hers on the ring finger of her left hand in order to form a complete heart.
Traditionally, most Malaysian Indian couples emphasize the important of engagement that takes place before the wedding. The families ask the gods for blessings, the groom's family welcomes the bride into the family; rings and garlands are exchanged between the couple to welcome each other into their lives. The groom's family gives a verbal promise of marriage and feeds crystalline sugar to the girl's family to confirm engagement. It also represents a formal agreement to future marriage.
Although memories last a lifetime, photographs are the only true way to look back and reflect on your engagement day. When the bride looks at that photograph in her album she will be thrilled back in time to that intense personal connection of her wedding ring that is slipped on her finger by her beloved fiancé.
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Our experienced professional photographers take each and every engagement assignment close to heart and make effort to capture the anticipatable moments during the ring exchanging ceremony. We believe, by doing so, we will ensure that we are standing in the right place, at the right time to get the right shot.
We capture the timeless moments - not just the scene but the love, the happiness and the emotion.
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