Friday, September 2, 2011

Telugu wedding

The customs for a Telugu wedding are unique. Telugu weddings are performed by a purohit and are usually held in the evenings as they follow the lunar calendar.

Pre-wedding ceremonies

Pendlikoothuru/pendlikodugu - The respective families apply oil and turmeric to the bride and the groom. Bangles, flowers, betel leaves and nuts and sweets are given to elderly women and their blessings are sought.

Mangala snanam - The respective maternal uncles apply oil on the bride and groom.

Snathakam - This is for the groom wherein he is asked to wear a silver thread on his body, this is done a few hours before the actual muhurtham.

Gauri pooja - The bride worships Goddess Durga in the form of Gauri and while doing so inserts both her legs and hands into a bamboo basket.

Ganesha pooja - While the bride worships Gauri, the groom worships Lord Ganesha and seeks his blessings for an obstacle free wedding.

Kashi yathra - This is a unique ceremony, the groom pretends to leave for Kashi thus disowning the worldly pleasures. The bride's brother requests him to come back and accept the bride and lead a family life

Wedding ceremonies

Kanyadanam - The bride's uncles carry the bride in a bamboo basket and bring her to the mandapam for the kanyadanam. A screen is held in between the bride and the groom and is removed at the time of tying the mangal sutra.

Jeerakaalu-bellamu - The priest recites shlokas from the Vedas and the bride and the groom place jeerakaalu-bellamu on each others heads. This signifies that as two different ingredients mix together so should a husband and a wife.

Tying the mangalsutra - The screen is removed and the groom ties the mangal sutra on the bride's neck with three knots. The bride and the groom hold their hands and are asked to see the pole star or Dhruva.

Kanyadaan akshatha - After the mangalsutra is tied, the bride and the groom exchange garlands and elders shower akshatha (yellow rice) on the newly married couple.

Saptapadi - The bride's sari and the groom's angavasthra are knotted together and they go around the sacred fire seven times.

Sthaalipakkam - A silver toe ring is slipped into the bride's feet by the groom and she is asked to see the Arundathi star and seek the blessings of God.

Post-wedding ceremony

Grihapravesh - The bride enters the groom's house for the first time.

Uniting the mangalsutra's - After 16 days the two separate mangalsutras tied on the day of the marriage are united into one.