If in case a couple belonging to religions other than Hinduism want to get married under the auspices of Arya Samaj, they first have to be converted, through a process called "shuddhi", meaning purification. The wedding is conducted according to Arya Marriage Validation Act XIX of 1937 and is solemnized according to Vedic rites. In these weddings, the pooja is not performed to any specific deity because the Samaj doesn’t believe in idol worship. Fire and the other elements are the only witnesses to the ceremony.
Simplicity is the hallmark of Arya Samaj Vivah. The rituals performed are the ones prescribed by the Vedas and the mantras are translated into the / Hindi / English so that the couple know what the meaning of their marriage vows.
The complete ceremony lasts about an hour and the bride and groom are not to be disturbed during the ceremony. Parents and relatives running helter-skelter, priests booming for things at the top of the voice and children running up and down the dais, the all so familiar scenes from the usually chaotic