The art of living founder and Indian religious guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has now given his reactions to Bollywood film actress Alia Bhatt's 'Kanyadan' ad. Alia Bhatt's ad has been supported by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. In an interview with the Republic, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said that Kanya is not something to be donated. At the same time, he took a stand on Vedic practices. He also said that the tradition of 'Kanyadan' should be abolished. He also mentioned the ancient Vedic practice of 'Panigraha.'
In the same interview, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said that there is no mention of anything like Kanyadan, especially in Shrutis. After in the memories, this thing is placed in the Panigraha in which the hand is held. Panigraha is a Vedic Sanskrit word. It involves holding hands, whether if the husband catches the wife's catch, or the wife catches the husband hands. Gender equality is very high in our Vedic cultural system. What happened over the ages was that it underwent many changes and then Kanyadan was made a part of it. Kanya is not something to be donated.
At the same time, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also says that the idea and meaning behind this age-old tradition have been distorted over the years. According to the report, he explained that I would always like to call it Panigraha, where the father says, 'You take care of my daughter.' This is true, but it has been spoiled as a 'charity' somewhere in the Middle Ages. I will say that Kanyadan should be removed. When you remove it, it will not in any way reduce our Vedic status or theory or philosophy.