A house full of colorfully dressed relatives and family members running around the house like headless chickens, the strong blend of aromas, one that of the filter coffees from the kitchen and the other sneaking out through the flowers that have freshly arrived from the market, an overdose of red and yellow colors reaching every corner of your eyes, Lots of happy smiles across the hall-old and young. Well, that’s pretty much the scene narrative from a tamil wedding site.
Tamil wedding rituals begin with Panda Kaal Muhurtham, wherein the families of the bride and the groom pray to the Lord for an uninterrupted wedding ceremony.One day before marriage grrom gets a traditional ati welcome from the bride’s side. He is offered sweets, sprinkled with rose water and even a coconut is broken to ward off any evil. Next is Vratham, which is a small puja organized before marriage. Following this is Pallikai Thellichal ceremony, as per which grains are sprouted in earthen pots, which are later immersed in a pond to feed the fishes.The next ritual is Naandi, in which Brahmins are given gifts and sweets to seek their blessings for the wedding alliance.
Nicchiyadharatham is the formal engagement ceremony, wherein the bride and the groom exchange rings. After this, the Reading of Lagna Pathirigai takes place, which is formally announcing the wedding and reading out aloud the wedding invitation, to inform everybody about the formalizing of the alliance.
On the day of the wedding, Mangala Snaanam takes place, as per which the bride and the groom take purifying bath. Before taking bath They apply oil and haldi- kumkum .
Another interesting ritual is Kashi Yatra, wherein the groom threatens everyone to leave for Kashi and lead a life of ascetic. Bride’s father stops groom , promising him to give his daughter. After this, the groom heads towards the mandap, where he meets the bride.Then the exchange of garlands takes place between the bride and the groom. After this, Muhurtum ritual takes place wherein the groom ties mangalsutra and puts vermillion to the bride. Subsequently, they take seven rounds and seven vows around the sacred fire called Saptapadi.
Post Wedding Rituals
After the wedding, both the families exchange gifts with each other. they call this as Sammandhi Mariyathai. After all the wedding ceremonies are over, the bride leaves with her husband for her marital home. Bride gets a traditional welcome in her new family. they call this as Grihapravesham. In the evening, the Reception party takes place, which is an informal event. The guests meet the newlywed couple and give them blessings.