Seeing Arundathi and Dhruva at 12 noon on marriage day – Is there a need?
There is a function in the marriage when the iyer groom points out Arundathi star who was an epitome of virtue and Bride points out The Druva star (Pole star) which is famous for piety and constancy .
When I got married (47 years back) this happened after dusk , when the stars have appeared in the sky. Our priest simply pointed a portion of the sky and asked me to ask my wife “Have you seen Arundathi?” and later my new wife asked me , “Have you seen Dhruva?” Since I knew the place where these stars would be I was aghast when the priest asked us to look at some other direction.. Several HOmas need to be done and completed before night.
Times have changed. No one wants to have a two session marriage -morning and after dusk nowadays. So the Vadhyar is told that everything should be over by lunch time (poor vadhyar) and so iin several marriages that I attend nowadays the “Looking at Arundathi and Dhruva” is conduced around 12 noon. No stars would be visible anywhere but still the bride asks “Have you seen Dhruva?” and groom asks “Have you seen Arundathi?”
In one of the recent marriages I attended , the Vadhyar did the ceremony in side the marriage hall. With great curiosity I asked him , “Is it Okay?” and he replied “Any way they are not going to see any star outside there. So I thought , let me finish the formality comfortably here itself?”
Oh my God, When we cannot do it, Why not we drop it all together?