Shadi And The Glorious Days For Indian Homes

A typical Indian shadi has a lot of buzz and excitement attached to it! The moment any member of the family comes of age, the over concerned relatives start bombarding him or her with the typical question, “Aur fir, shadi kab kar rahe ho?”  even the poor family members are not spared, who are often bombarded with questions like, “Koi nazar mein hai?” or “raunaquen kab laga rahe ho?”  While most of these relatives with their endless list of questions may come across as irritating at times, one cannot deny the fact that behind all the questions, they are mainly hiding their anxiety and excitement. They are mainly looking forward to that big fat Indian wedding, where they can have the time of their life with their long lost friends and relatives. And while at it, we need to remember one thing for sure, which is that no Indian wedding is complete, without the involvement of relatives and friends in the same. The moment the wedding is fixed, the atmosphere all around a typical Indian home changes. The would be bride or groom suddenly become the most important people in the world, who are showered with love and care by their relatives. Let us take a sneak-peek into a typical Indian home, which is gearing up for the big, fat Indian wedding:

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  • The pampered bride and groom: just the fact that their wedding is fixed make the would-be bride and groom the most important people in the world. They are showered with love by their family members. From buying clothes and accessories of their choice to preparing their favourite food every single day, they are actually spoilt rotten to the core before the D-day.
  • Happiness all around: the whole atmosphere around the house takes a happy tone when the wedding is fixed. Everyone is happy about the fact that their beloved family member is about to embark on a new journey, which will impact his or her life. All want to bless them and wish them all the best.
  • The emotional drama: we Indians as humans are an emotional breed. The moment the wedding is fixed, the immediate family, especially mothers of the bride and groom, suddenly become very emotional. From the time their child took his or her first step to the time they started college, they start recalling all events and shed tearful rivers for the same.
  • The hustle bustle: the mundane routine of any household takes a drastic change once the marriage is fixed. Everyone seems to be in a rush, making preparations for the approaching D-day. While half of the people involved don’t even know what they are doing, they still want to contribute towards the preparations in any way possible.

A typical Indian wedding is a spectacle that you need to see to believe. With so many rituals, traditions and involvement of family members, it is unique in every aspect in comparison to   weddings worldwide. Don’t miss on attending it if you get a chance.

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Shadi And The Fun it Brings For Families

The great Indian wedding tamasha  is an actual celebration of life. With all its colourful fun and frolic, it is a perfect platform where you get to meet your long lost relatives and friends, whom you have not met for ages. As having a huge gala and gathering of friends goes synonymous with the typical Indian shadi, the family of both the bride as well as the groom are in for one hell of a roller coaster ride. From meeting relatives, looking into their comfort, to pacifying the angry ones, all comes as a part and parcel of the big fat Indian wedding. All these things and anecdotes leave life- long beautiful memories for the couple as well as their families. Following are the situations that are bound to occur in a typical Indian wedding:

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  • Meeting platform for long-lost relatives: well, you might not have met or seen them for years together, but when it comes to a wedding, you are bound to invite your relatives. Once they arrive, the whole wedding and the functions get centred around them. While some will be co-operative, others might just add to problem. By taking them all in a stride, the immediate family of the bride and groom is always appreciated in the end for providing a lovely opportunity for all the family members to meet.
  • Making stay arrangements: one of the primary objective of families is to ensure a comfortable stay to their guests. For this, many a times the younger ones of the family are assigned special duties to ensure that all the relatives who have arrived are comfortable and get all that they need.
  • The In-house functions: while it has somewhat become mandatory to have elaborate functions to mark a wedding, the in house intimate get together with your near and dear ones have a charm of their own. Sitting with your close relatives and friends, singing and dancing the night away on the beats of a traditional dhol has a unique charm of their own, which no DJ can ever match.
  • The small fights and making up sessions: You cannot make everyone happy. In every Indian wedding, there is bound to be a relative who might not be very happy with the arrangements that you have made. So start the small tiffs with the family members, which are later resolved in a jiffy, over a cup of tea and a big bear hugs sessions. Priceless!
  • The family jokes: Every family is bound to have a set of certain jokes and anecdotes, that only the close family members understand. Once all the relatives get together, these age old jokes are bound to crop up, leading to various funny and memorable situations.

Indian wedding are incomplete without the involvement of families. So try and make it the most important event of your life, keeping your near and dear ones close by. All the best!

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Things to Remember to Make a Matrimonial Search Beautiful

Every person dreams of finding a dream partner, a person, whom you love, cherish and grow old with. For the same, he opts for different ways. While some are lucky enough to find the love of their lives all by themselves, others prefer going in for an arranged match. One tends to experience a lot of things while looking for love. While some incidents in your matrimonial can be memorable and funny, others might just lead to some lessons learnt, the unpleasant way. Hence, there are certain things that you need to keep in mind, to make sure that your matrimonial search remains beautiful. Let us try and analyze the same:

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  • Have self –confidence: Firstly, it is very important to be confident about your own self. Take pride in who you are. You might come across people who would dislike something about you. Don’t pay heed to such people and love yourself. The person who is meant for you will accept you for who you are.
  • Keep your choices open: every person has an ideal image of their dream mate in mind. However, during a matrimonial search, it is better to keep your choices open. The chances are strong that you might end up finding a partner, who is even better than the person you dreamt of, in the long run.
  • Don’t be prejudiced: Many a times, we intentionally or un-intentionally become prejudiced against certain kind of people. However, while looking for a life partner, it is better to get rid of all such thoughts. Never judge a person before meeting him of getting to know him or her better.
  • Avoid being stubborn: there are times, when people are hell bent on finding a partner which fits their description to the T. While having an opinion is a good thing, being stubborn is not. So make sure to consider good proposals that come along, keeping your personal preference at bay. Who knows, one of such proposals can turn out to be your ideal partner.
  • Look forward to meeting people: rather than being nervous, look forward to meeting new people. You are sure to come across many interesting characters while looking for your Mr. Perfect. Take all that comes in your stride and take it as a learning of human psychology.
  • Make memories: seeking marriage alliance is a time when you can make the best of memories. Enjoy the special times that you have your beloved. These memories will last you a lifetime. So make sure to make the best of it.
  • Try to know your spouse better: it is better to know about the likes, and dislikes of your would be partner. Utilize your courtship period to the fullest. This will surely help shape up a beautiful future for both of you.

With these tips at hand, you are sure to make your matrimonial search beautiful. Download the Shaadi.com app and find your perfect match from the largest Matrimonial site.

Horoscope Matching and the Experiences it Creates

Any typical Indian wedding is marked by a number of traditions, rituals and practices, which makes it stand apart in every right. One such tradition or practice, which has been an integral part of our culture since time immortal is that of matching horoscopes or kundalis. Horoscope matching is an art of reading the star positioning present at the time of an individual’s birth, and matching it with that of his prospective bride. Based on the analysis made, the experts are able to predict whether the proposed match is a suitable one or not. While believing or not in this practice can be a debatable topic, there is no doubt that most people in India still get their horoscopes matched, before taking the big leap. So what is it that makes horoscope matching so popular, even in this age of science and technology? Well, the answer to the same would be curiosity to know the unknown and the experiences that come associated with this practice. Let us now try and analyse the kind of experiences that come tagged along with horoscope matching:

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  • Learning a new science: while many tend to disagree with this fact, but astrology is indeed a science of reading the positioning of various stars and planets. It had been devised by our age old taught sages, who took years to develop this form of science. If made properly, the horoscopes indeed have the capability of predicting one’s future. So when one goes ahead to get his or her kundali match, he or she learns various aspects about this science, which helps in enhancing their knowledge.
  • Becoming worldly wise: Most people are naïve before they reach the marriageable age. As horoscope matching comes across as the initial stage before giving a nod for the match, it becomes a learning experience for the couple in question. An individual comes across many people in form of experts and proposed matches while going ahead with kundali matching. While some people are genuine, others might not be so. This practical experience makes an individual a good judge of character, which in turn, makes him or her worldly wise.
  • Understanding human psychology: There is no better way to learn and understand human psychology, than the marriage arena. People tend to reveal their true selves and the kind of expectations that they hold from a relationship, during the kundali matching sessions. This helps individuals experience the human reactions and psychology like never before.
  • Finding a soul-mate: though horoscope matching is generally associated with arranged marriages, there is no doubt that more often than not, one ends up finding the perfect match for themselves during while matching horoscopes. Nothing can be better.
  • Mental peace and satisfaction: There is no doubting the fact that matching horoscopes can lead to mental peace and satisfaction. The very knowledge that you have found a person who is compatible with you as per your stars is enough to put you at peace and lay the foundation of a happy and strong marriage.

Horoscope matching has often led to a lot of success stories, where couples are leading a blissful life in holy matrimony. So go ahead, and find your match today!

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What Makes Horoscope Matching Important for Two Indian Families

The thing that makes any Indian wedding unique is the fact that we still believe in following cultures and traditions, that come associated with it. A typical Indian is not just the coming together of two souls, but the coming together of their families as well. In a typical Indian set-up, most couples tend to stay with the groom’s family, even after marriage. Hence, it becomes very important that there is peace, harmony and friendship between the families of the prospective couple. Disharmony amongst the two may lead to feuds and misunderstandings in the future. One thing that helps bring both the families on the same platform is the practice of horoscope matching. This practice has been an integral part of Indian weddings since time immortal. Not only does it provide the couple with the much needed sense of security, it also helps bring their families closer. Following are therefore the reasons, which make matching horoscopes important for the two families:

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  • Gives sense of security: the main reason behind matching horoscopes is to know whether or not the couple have a compatible and peaceful future together with each other. If the horoscopes of the people in question match, it gives a sense of security to families of both individuals involved, that their beloved child is headed towards a bright future with the person best suited for him or her.
  • Gives peace of mind: once the kundalis match, the families on both sides are at ease. Their faith leads them to believe that their children will spend a happy life with each other.
  • Brings like-minded people together: the horoscope matching session acts as an ice breaking session between the two families. It is generally the first platform that they get to meet and talk to each other. In such a meeting, both the families are able to understand each other’s family in a better way and the kind of expectations they have from the prospective relationship. In this way, horoscope matching helps bring like-minded people together.
  • Helps in decision making process easier: As mentioned before, a horoscope matching session helps bring like-minded people together. In the same way, it also acts as platform, on which the likeliness or un-likeliness of the two families getting along well with each other clearer. It hence helps the decision making process for continuing the match further or not much easier.
  • Helps imbibe traditions: The practice of matching kundalis before marriage has been an integral part of our culture since time immortal. It in a practice which is an integral part of our tradition and culture. When both families agree on following this practice before the prospective match is finalized, they in a way, imbibe our age old practices and culture, hence enhancing a healthy practice in their families for times to come.

Horoscope matching, especially in case of arranged marriages, is a sure shot platform for the couple as well as their families, to get to know each other well. Hence, make sure to follow this practice, in order to ensure a better future.

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How is Horoscope Matching Special

Marriage in India is a class apart. The mere grandeur of a typical Indian wedding can leave the spectators in sheer awe. Keep all the glitz and bling apart, the thing that makes Indian weddings unique is the way things are executed, while keeping all the traditions and rituals in mind. One such ritual or practice that has been an integral part of Hindu weddings all across the globe is that of horoscope matching. The practice of matching the birth charts of the couple before the wedding. In most cases, the marriage only solemnizes if the couple are considered to be a perfect match for each other, as per their kundalis. While there are some who rubbish this practice as a mere superstition, there are many who consider it a must before any traditional Hindu wedding. So what is it that makes matching so special that it has stood the test of time? Let us try and analyse:

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  • It is an age-old science: while many might think otherwise, astrology as a science has existed since ancient times. If we go through history, we find that this science found its roots in the ancient civilisations like Egypt, from where it travelled to the Indian subcontinent and became popular. As many times, the predictions made through this art have been fruitful, hence, many have firm belief in the same.
  • It is tradition: what makes India unique from rest of the world is that no matter how modern or technically sound we become, we still make sure to stay rooted to our traditions and culture. Horoscope matching is one such tradition, that people consider to be an integral part of match making, and hence should be followed.
  • Has a high success rate: while many may choose to ignore horoscope matching as a mere superstition, they can never argue when it comes to the high success rate, the couples who have had their horoscopes matched before marriage lead a better married life in comparison to their counter parts. Often, we come across couples who did not know each other well before marriage but had matching horoscopes, are leading a much happier married life in comparison to their counterparts.
  • Provides mental peace: if the horoscopes of the couple’s match, then the family of both the bride and the groom are at peace that their children will lead a happy life together. This mental peace and sense of security itself acts as a strong base on which a relationship can be built.
  • Helps predict compatibility: horoscopes, if matched properly, can actually predict the compatibility between couples. So it is better to get your compatibility quotient checked with your perspective partner, rather than repenting later.

Getting your horoscopes matched or not is totally a personal choice, which cannot and should not be forced upon anyone. However, keeping the benefits in mind, one should consider getting the same done. Who knows, you might end up spending your life with the person whom you have always dreamt of? As they say, it all lies in the stars!

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Should Horoscope Matching Overrule Choice

Most of the ancient Indian traditions and customs have left the world amazed at how our society could have been so advanced so early. The whole concept of India’s traditions and age old customs has been based upon logic and the intricate and intriguing study of elements that since recently have remained a mystery for other societies. One such tradition is Astrology. Astrology is an ancient art, which is based on the study of planetary alignments and motions at various points in time and space. These movements are said to be influencing us both negatively as well as positively depending upon what planet is influencing us at what time.

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Now from this information and practice emerged the intricate practice of horoscope matching. Horoscope matching is done when the horoscope of two people is studied and common and adverse points against one another are brought out. Often done in terms of prospective bride and grooms in order to know whether the couple are compatible and will be able to lead a successful and happy married life. But the salient aspects of this widely acceptable art forms are the ones that are now slowly taking over this practice and thus leaving it under a shadow of doubt always. The availability of learned and intelligent horoscope readers, the availability of correct data and the overall margins of accuracy have now often left the followers with lingering doubts and cast aspersions over its very authenticity.

With the comparison between traditions and modernity and logic and belief happening often the debate over horoscope matching acting as a substitute for choice has also raged on for a long time. With believers in horoscope matching giving arguments that horoscope matching is not against choice but it allows one to cover the follies that a young heart might commit at a certain age the more liberal minds tend to argue that there is no substitute for the signals that the heart and mind give and time spent with one individual tends to remove all doubts against a certain partner.

A very powerful and a logical argument that is often given is that horoscope matching was essentially developed as a tool for cutting short time and distance as the marriages that took place earlier were often arranged marriages and the possibility of the prospective bride or groom spending time with each one of the suitors was not possible therefore horoscope matching used to act as a screen for the choices that were available so that the list could be shortened. But in modern times now that both boys and girls have time to spend time with each other and find out who is best suited for them and also in a more open society that exists now can even have live in relationships so the screening effect that horoscopes used to do is no longer required.

With the debate over whether horoscope should be given precedence over choice not likely to die down soon, it is clear that till the time the old don’t make way for the new the new cannot prosper so it is required that the old traditions have to adjust and make way for the new norms else the society as a whole will suffer.

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A Day Out At a Telugu Wedding

There is a reason why Telugu weddings are so much fun and regal in their outlook. Despite being particular about their culture and roots, the Telugu people amazingly manage to blend them with a dash of modernity and flashy presentation. They always ensure that all wedding customs and rituals are followed in the right traditional order. Andhra people are most particular about this observance and don’t compromise on the customs. If you ever visit their wedding, you will find equal importance given to the décor, lights and food in Telugu Matrimony.

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The marriage traditions are sacred and very colorful. Starting from the pre-wedding rituals of Nischitartham and going into the pendikoothuru ritual, the stage is set for the marriage functions.

  • Things worth mentioning: You have the Pendikoothuru ritual, Snathakam, kasha yatra, Mangal snaam and aarti as very important rituals. The people perform gauri puja and ganesh puja at their home. Ganesh puja is conducted on the day of wedding at the mandap before the bride arrives. The prime objective of conducting this puja is to offer obeisance to God Ganesha and seek his blessings for a happy conjugal life. It’s also done to ward off any evil and obstacle in their married life.
  • The entry of the bride: The maternal uncle of the bride accompanies her to the mandap. This is the stage where there is a curtain or chadar between the bride and groom. They are now allowed to look at each other. The priest recites the mantras and holy slokas. In some communities down South, the maternal uncle carries the bride to the mandap in a rabid bamboo basket. The process leads to Kanyadan.
  • Jeerakalla Bellamu: In this ritual, the groom and bride apply a mixture of jiggery and jeera on each other’s hands and join each other from under the chadar. It’s a pious ritual denoting their unbreakable and inseparable bond.
  • Madhuparkam: It’s another elaborate and catchy ritual that you can’t miss in Telugu Matrimony. The bride wears a cotton sari with a bright, red border. The groom adorns a spotless and white cotton dhoti showcasing a red border. It’s the traditional Telugu wedding outfit of both the groom and bride. These shades symbolize their purity and strength.
  • The mangalsutra custom: Call it a custom or ritual, wearing the mangalsutra is the ever beautiful part of any Hindu wedding. Different cultures have their slants and timings on this episode, but the message and content remains same. During this pious tradition, the family members remove the curtain separating the couple. The groom bends sideways to tie the mangalsutra around the neck of the bride and ties a careful three knots. The number is a must! It signifies the physical, spiritual and mental union of the groom and bride.
  • Saptapadi and kanyadan akshata: In this famous wedding custom of Telugus, the couple exchange pretty flower garlands. In the saptapadi custom, they take seven rounds around the scared fire and take their wedding vows.

They make seven promises to one another. After the completion, the guy puts a silver ring in the toe of the bride.

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Telugu Weddings: Things Not To Be Missed

Indian weddings are unmatchable in colors and beauty. They are full of myriad traditions and life. Telugu wedding or Andhra marriage rituals are actually quite similar to the traditions of Tamil weddings. The wedding ceremonies of Telugu Matrimony provide a glimpse of original regional attributes, comprising the splendid rituals of the region. Generally, the weddings of this state are conducted through elaborate rituals. Interestingly, some people of this region also follow Tamil rituals of marriage. The people are very religious and particular about the wedding customs.

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You will never find any modification or alteration in the customs and rituals except the food part. There are many things that you cannot miss in these weddings.

  • The pre-wedding rituals: The most significant and the first wedding ritual in this region is the same as everywhere. It starts with engagement. It’s popularly called Nishitartham by the people of the state. In the course of this engagement, the groom’s and bride’s families exchange, jewelry, gifts, sweets, clothes and fruits. They perform each engagement function and rituals most traditionally. The would-be couple also exchanges their rings. Both the families decide a good wedding date on this special occasion.
  • The Pendikoothuru ritual: The Telugu marriage tradition is remarkably similar to the haldi ceremony of North India. In this ritual, the women of the house apply a mixture of oil and turmeric paste on the bride as well as the groom. After this ceremony is completed, they take a purifying bath or snanam in the river and then change into their new clothes.
  • Snathakam: It’s one of the marriage ceremonies that are generally held at the groom’s house. It’s another important wedding ritual and the groom wears a silver thread, which is regarded to be very holy. It’s a clear indication that he is becoming ready to step out of his bachelorhood and enter a new threshold of life as a family man.
  • Kashi Yatra: Perhaps the most interesting, fun-filled and intriguing part of Telugu Matrimony in kasha yatra. It’s pretty much the replica of kasha yatra of a Tamil wedding tradition. Here, the groom acts as if he is going off to the holy pilgrimage city of Kashi and is just not interested in worldly matters, marriage, relationships and rituals. He prepares to leave with an umbrella, walking stick and a few bare necessities. At this very moment, the bride’s brother steps into the fold and stops him. He promises to give his sister’s hand in marriage to him. The groom returns to the mandap and gets married.
  • Aarti: Just after the holy bath, the couple applies oil in their respective houses. Then, their families conduct an aarti and puja, and pray for the prosperous and happy married life of their children.
  • Gauri puja: The aarti is followed by offering prayer to Goddess Gauri, who stands for marital bliss, harmony and prosperity.
  • Mangal snanam: They conduct this ritual on the wedding day’s morning generally.

In this ritual, the bride and groom take a holy dip into the river after performing auxiliary scared rituals of their marriage.

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WALKING DOWN THE AISLE: THE CHRISTIAN BRIDE

A Christian bride is an epitome of grace, elegance and poise in her exquisite white gown. She is the classic example of a diva from heaven. There is no prettier sight than watching a bride walk down the aisle- looking shy and confident at the same time. Every bride wants to look her best at her wedding and we get you the bride essentials that can make any bride look spectacular.

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The Classic white Gown– Though many brides have done away with the classic white gown that is quintessential in Christian matrimony but there is no better attire a bride can wear that than the simple and elegant white gown. 

Minimalistic Jewelry- As they say less is more so efforts should be made to keep the look simple yet elegant. Wear minimal jewelry so that the actual beauty of the bride is seen and not hidden behind strings of necklaces and heavy earrings. Pearls or diamonds look glamorous yet classy with a gown so you could invest in a simple pair of earrings with a necklace.

Simple Makeup– The real beauty lies within. Remember this mantra and strive to look beautiful on your wedding without much makeup. A christian bride looks innately beautiful in a wedding attire and jewelry that very little needs to be done in the makeup department. Depending on the time of the wedding the makeup should be kept light, especially if you have an outdoor wedding.

Accessorize Right– Very often we forget to accessorize well as we are so caught up in getting the perfect gown and jewelry to match with it. But it is important to have the right type of accessories as well to complete the look. Get comfortable yet good looking heels for the wedding. Just remember that if it is an outdoor wedding than prefer to have smaller heels else you will be walking like a duck. Add a headpiece to the ensemble – a veil or a flower crown or a tiara. It gives the bride a delicate look. Keep a thin cover-up for the gown, especially if it is an outdoor wedding as you might get cold later into the night. You could get a matching shawl or bolero or a capelet jacket with some embellishments.

From when she is an adolescent, every bride dreams of the way she will look at her wedding day. Her picture encompasses her favorite diva dressed immaculately, looking ethereal and angelic. With these tips you will surely look like a beautiful bride you always dreamed of.

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