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couples blessing in goa

by shukra1

Hi all,

Me and my boyfriend are looking to get a blessing to celebrate our love for each other whilst in India. I am arriving in Goa in a week and we are based in Anjuna, (he's already there) we are going to Hampi , Polem, and Gokarna, and thought we might be able to get a Sadu or ? to bless us. Beach or any area we are traveling to would be fine.

I have the 7 blessings translated from Hindu to English and i have read about the seven steps around the fire....we would really would like to organise before i arrive, so any ideas, tips, etc would be soooooo much appreciated!

Would also like to set off Chinese lanterns, which I’m presuming I can buy in Goa, again if I need to bring these please let me know.

Looking forward to all suggestions!

Peace love and light x

Re: couples blessing in goa

by Donna_in_India

The Saptapadi is not just a blessing celebrating "love". It is much more than that - representing a couple's lifelong commitment to each other. When the seventh step is completed, you are "married" - it is the moment of completion of marriage.

To have a real saptapadi one of you needs to be a Hindu and you need to be getting married! The marriage ceremony is performed by a Pundit - a Hindu priest, not a Sadhu, who are considered holy men but are not priests. You can get blessings (for money) from Sadhus in parts of India (such as Varanasi) where there are many foreign tourists who happily pay for such.

I really don't recall seeing Sadhus in Goa, although I'm sure they are there. They may be able to do some kind of ceremony for you, but should not do the saptapadi.

Although you are not getting married trying googling to find ceremonies in Goa. You may be able to get some ideas from there.

All of that being said, if you're willing to pay for it you can probably get anything done. Since your boyfriend is already there why don't you have him ask at the hotel - they may have some info or know "somebody" who would perform a ceremony.

Good luck!

Re: couples blessing in goa

by arienashes

Hello Shukra

Congrats on the CELEBRATION OF LOVE.
You questions are very interesting and intense too..

As Donna says the 7 Blessings for the CELEBRATION OF LOVE is called Sapthapadhi.
SAPTHA - mean seven and PADHI - mean steps. These seven steps are performed on the event of marriage.
So to be frank if you need them you need to get married or be married and 7 blessings can be only taken by a priest and NOT A SADHU.

Out of all the locations that you have mentioned, like Hampi, Palo...etc. GOKARNA is one of the most Spiritual centers. Its a Shiva Spiritual Center. If any plans then you can go there and look for a Hindu Priest and pay him to perform the marriage and then later take the 7 BLESSINGS.

Hope we have not confused you are not disheartened you.

All the best and GOD BLESS YOU BOTH.


Re: couples blessing in goa

by WWFRanger

As rightly pointed out by Donna a proper ritual would have you married by the time its over.You need to decide whether its just the blessings you are looking for or the walk to the altar ?Sadhus are everywhere though their genuineity is questionable.

Travel Tips for Goa

Goa in the monsoons

by Fodo

Most of the beach side places (shacks as they are called) start closing by end of May, just before the rainy season sets in, and don't open till late October. They do not have permission to operate in the 4 months of the monsoons. Also, the sea is rough during these months. Hence, you might get to see a quieter side of Goa. But apart from the beach side places, most other places should be open, though it's better to check beforehand.

Most people don't even meet REAL Goans,

by djferros

i am surprised by the amount of people on this forum who have stated things about meeting goans, good or bad. The point is that many of these people are NOT even Goan.

It's me moving from London to Birmingham and saying, "i'm a Brummie".
Not all brown faces are Goan faces. If you learn the history of Goa you will note that it was once under Portugese rule. You can identify many Goans by they mixture of Portugese and Indian culture.

Names such as Orlando, Rueben, Maria, D'Souza, Cruz etc are genuine Goans. Most will not even go to the tourist places.

The only Indians that go to the tourist places are the people that moved to Goa to make money from the tourists! or Indian tourists themselves! The goan people. So so so so friendly. Not involved with drugs and crime that has been brought on Goa by other Indians who have moved to Goa to exploit tourists. These are NOT goans.

The carnival...

by venteeocho

Carnival in Goa is a non-stop 3-day festival of color, song and music, providing a healthy entertainment for all, young and old. The soothing climate, full of fun- 'n' -frolic, which the Carnival generates, is much longed for. It does not matter whether one enjoys or see others enjoying. There is enthusiasm and happiness all around.

Posting home...

by BluBluBlu

If you are sending letters or postcards...find the local postbox...if you give them to Receptionists in Hotels who offer to post them...quite often they never arrive. So ask where the postbox is...and do it yourself!

Women be aware

by golden88

We've been coming to Goa for 8 years and have made numerous friends with locals, ex pats and holidaymakers. From all my experiences I think the Goan people are the friendliest people in the world. However my wife didn't think so initially due to the cultural way ( as in othe rparts of India, and the Middle East ) that they virtually ignore your wife on first meetings. They shake hands or later hug you, ask you what you want to eat and also what SHE wants too. For a feminist as my wife is most surely, it was disconcerting for her, but we now realise that it is respect from the Goans to both of us that a stranger does not address a man's wife without 'permission' from the man. Quaint but true. Even now after years of going I am still greeted as a long lost friend and my wife with a wet cod two fingered handshake.


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