One of the most colorful and joyful affairs in the Reddy community are their extraordinary weddings. They are truly a sight to see for their grandeur and festivity is on a whole new level. Reddy weddings are huge celebrations that cherish the joining of two souls by bringing together family and friends. Authentic Reddy nuptials are still maintained by a lot of families who hold their traditions in high regard.
Since there are a lot of interesting rites that are a part of the nuptials, it would be wise to learn about what they symbolize enhancing the joy to be derived from them.
Honoring the Groom-to-be with a Vara Puja
The girl’s father is involved with this ceremony in Telugu Matrimonial as it is one where he blesses and honors the groom-to-be. There is an elaborate pooja in which the father of the bride holds a flask of milk that he used to bathe the legs of the groom. They are then wiped with a silk cloth signifying the end of the ceremony.
The Main Wedding: Vivaaham
Once both families and guests have arrived at the venue of the nuptials, the ceremony then commences. Escorted by women carrying the changala vatta and ashtamangaliya, the bridegroom enters the venue. Nadaswarams are heard ringing with holy music as the sounds of a thayli commence, as the groom then awaits the family members of the bride. He has to stand on a piece of wood and be honored by his wife-to-be’s brother for he will bathe his feet and the female relatives will perform an aarti.
The Auspicious Time or Muhurtam
Once the muhurtam approaches, the bride faces the east and has her husband-to-be in front of her. He then puts a thali around her neck (it is the Telugu alternative to a mangalsutra) solidifying their marriage. Both Reddy families rejoice when the boy ties the golden ornament hanging from a yellow string around the bride’s neck.
The Age Old Kanyadaan
This ceremony includes the bride and her mother’s sister for the Reddy nuptials are incomplete without a kanyadaan. The bride dressed in her bridal finery is brought onto the stage by her aunt. With a powerful stress on holiness, most of the customs are carried out in the presence and under the guidance of a pandit or purohit. Akshata is a colourful custom for the bride and groom throw flower jaimalas around the other’s neck. Her parents then hand her over to the groom who is deemed to be as good as Lord Vishnu.
The Final Saptapadi
After the kanyadaan is the final phase of the nuptials that is the Saptapadi or saat pheras around the agni, as the purohit chants prayers from the Vedas. This is where the knot is finally tied with the bride’s pallu and the groom’s dhoti, signifying them being joined in marriage forever.
Attending guests spray the happy couple with rose petals, turmeric and grains of rice as Akshata. These are blessings signifying the end of the ceremonies and celebrating a successful union.