7 births of togetherness:
When a couple decides to get married, they do it with all their body, heart and soul. They promise to be friends and companion for life. They promise to be with one another is happiness and sadness. They take each other in both wellness and sickness. With vows in this birth, they promise a togetherness for all births to follow.
Wedding ring exchanged during the wedding ceremony in western culture is a symbol of love and promise of togetherness. While in Indian culture we seldom have wedding ring exchange as part of the celebration. Either ring is exchanged in the form of engagement rings or later as a present from newly married couples. Though now adopting western concepts Indian couples too exchange rings after taking Vows and “Mangal Pehra” in Hindu culture.
Couple bands are usually simple gold rings. Moreover, it symbolizes that the couple is similar in values and have equal. There can be more than one inference for this. Firstly, their love for each other is the same, neither less nor more. Secondly, they have no identity of their own; they both are now together and are one. This ritual of couple gifting each other a ring is not a new concept but descended from various culture and religious belief from ancient time. It is said that the couple is now two bodies with one soul carrying on with responsibilities and staying with each other through thick and thins.