Hundreds of devotees on pilgrimage to Kumbh Mela, today, offered the Veni (braid) Daan at the Triveni Sangam where the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mystic river Saraswati confluence with each other. Veni Daan, a ritual performed by Hindu married couples, predominantly from Maharashtra and from some other places.
Gudun Maharaj who performs rituals for couples, said, “Veni Daan is performed only at Triveni Sangam. Like three rivers confluence here, a woman’s braid has a pattern formed by three strands of hair, one of the strands is offered into the holy waters of the Sangam to get rid of the sins of seven lifetimes, to have wish for a long life of the husband, good luck for the family, wishing to get the same husband for all seven lifetimes.”
It is unique ritual performed at Sangam where male and female partners get dressed in beautiful cloths similar to their marriages; perform pooja together; garland each other; once during the offerings women sit on the lap of the husband; husband combs and plaits wife’s hair, decorates them with flowers and cuts a small portion of the third braid for offering into the Sangam waters; and take a dip together into the holy waters while offering many other rituals.
During a Hindu marriage, the couple promise to spend seven lifetimes together. This promise is further gets strengthened by Veni Daan. All the rituals performed during the marriage are carried out once again during Veni Daan.