The Mudiraj caste is a caste belonging to Andhra Pradesh and they are considered as the other backward class by the government. These classes are famous for their wedding rituals since their rituals are beautiful and they have are performed beautifully. There are several pre-wedding and wedding ceremonies of the mudiraj caste and they all have different meanings. Below mentioned are the cultural importance of the wedding rituals observed at mudiraj matrimonial.
- There are pre-wedding rituals of the mudiraj wedding that a have different cultural importance. Before the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom are given a bath with milk. Milk symbolizes pureness and is considered to be liquid from the sacred goddess “The cow” and hence the cultural importance of this ritual performed is that it symbolizes a new life given to the bride and the groom and they are starting a pure honest relationship between each other.
- The nischitartham that is the engagement ceremony performed between the bride and the groom where they put on a finger ring on each other’s hand that symbolizes that their wedding date is officially fixed.
- There is a ceremony before the wedding in which the bride is given a beautiful saree that is worn for the entire ceremony by the bride. The bride wears the jewellery as well that is given by her in- laws.
- Kanyadan is the ceremony in which the father gives his daughter’s hand to the groom that is a declaration by the father that from now onwards the bride is his responsibility and the groom’s leg is washed by the parents of the bride in order to show respect to the son in law.
- Kashi yatra is a ceremony that has the cultural importance of the groom officially taking more responsibilities. This is a playful ceremony in which the groom has an option between going to a journey to Kashi or marrying the bride. The groom playfully gets ready to go on a journey to Kashi instead of marrying the bride and the bride’s brother has to request him to stay back and marry his sister. After a period of teasing the groom agrees to marry the young man’s sister. The need of this ceremony is to strengthen the bond between the bride, groom, and their families.
- Jeelakarra bellamu is the ceremony or ritual that takes place on the wedding day and is considered to be the main event of the wedding day. Jeelakarra refers to cumin and bellamu refers to jiggery and the ritual includes the ceremony of placing a paste of cumin and jiggery on the hands of the bride and the groom respectively. Then this paste is placed on their heads by each other and the significance of this ceremony is to show that the bride and the groom will stay together every sweet and bitter part of their lives.
Each ritual has a cultural importance behind them and is performed wholeheartedly by the two souls.