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.
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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