Marriage is the most authentic part and parcel of a human life. The perfect bonding in front of the whole world; by the name and sake of gods and goddesses is the main theme of Indian marriages. One of such popular and respective marriages of India includes the Telegu marriage ceremony. Certainly there are some strict customs and rules followed in a Telegu marriage.

The prolonged marriage ceremony among Indian marriages

The customs and rituals discretely differ in terms of castes, classes and regional basis, but Telegu marriage do involves a prolonged series of high refined traditional customs and rituals which carry on some days. This gives a start with the most beautiful ring exchange ceremony. This custom, also known engagement ceremony, in Telegu tradition is referred as Nischitaartham and is thoroughly known as initial commitment or vow in Telegu culture. In this ceremony a small puja is also kept in accordance to seek blessings for the newly committed couple.

The auspicious time period has come for the Telegu rituals

Telegu marriages and its corresponding ceremonies are not held in the months of Aashad, Bhadrapada, and Shunya; these months are as ominous months in the Telegu calendar and holy ceremonies like marriages aren’t held during these months. As a result, by reading the movements of planets in charts a specific set of hours is set for the marriage ritual.

The specific tenure is known as Muhurtam. This time period in Telegu calendar extends from 7:00 P.M. in the evening until 11:00 A.M. in the next morning. During this time special worshipping of gods and goddesses are kept for seeking blessings and peace for the newly committed couple who are going to tie the knot soon.

The essential ritual involving the thread

The groom has to go through an initial ritual in his house. Along with the relatives, the groom goes through a serene thread ceremony. It is considered as a very sacred form among Telegu marriages. The groom has to wear a white thread in his upper part of the body. The white sacred thread is called as Jynau. The whole ceremony is famously known as Upanayanam.

The groom is prepared for the marriage

Telegu marriages consider a special ritual comprised especially for the groom. The groom has to wear a silver thread in his body. The silver is considered pure and holy according to the customs of Telegu weddings. The ritual is famously known as Snathakam. The groom is considered as eligible and prepared for the holy bonding of marriage.

The purification and serenity of the bride and groom

This ceremony is devoted to the purification and holiness of the body and soul of the would-be couples. The bride and groom are smeared with oil and turmeric as a symbol of body, mind and soul purification. They are then allowed to take a bath and don on new clothes. The family relatives of the bride help her drape a new sari along with beautiful flowers in her hair. This ceremony is thoroughly known as Pendilikoothuru.

The bride and groom are dressed with new garments

The bride fills her hand with new bangles and dresses up with ornaments for the next extensive ceremony. The groom wears a new dhoti and both of them seek blessings and happiness from their close relatives. The bride and groom family relatives are gifted with betel leaves, sweets, flowers and bangles as a treat.

They shower blessings on the would-be couples with loads of peace, happiness and satisfaction in their upcoming marital life. This ceremony is the extended portion of Pendilikoothuru and is famously known as Pendlikoduku.

The groom’s funny and enjoyable decision through ritual

Telegu ceremony includes fun interludes at some point of time. The next ceremony is quite fun and bride as well as groom’s family members enjoy this ceremony a lot. In this ritual the groom pretends that he is not going to take any marriage vows and will leave household life and opt for going to Kashi, a pilgrimage on the hearts of Himalayan range, and live the rest of his life as a saint. The ritual is famously known as Kashi Yatra.

A request accepted from the bride’s brother by the groom

The groom takes hold of a walking stick and other essentials and pretends to step out of his house. It is then bride’s brother who pretends and stops him on his way; he convinces the groom to marry his sister. The brother cajoles him to change his mind, and the groom pretends to accept his request and marry his sister and take up the responsibility of family life. This Telegu custom is famously known as Eduru Sannaham and is an extended portion of the prior custom Kashi Yatra.

Purification of the body, mind and soul

The next set of ritual is donned with the sacred bath; the bride, and the groom takes a bath in their individual houses at the break of dawn. The bath is a symbolization of the start of a new day and with a new set of wedding rituals. The bath is a symbol for purification of the body, mind and soul before they sit for all the marriage ritual rites. It is a very puerile as well as serene custom in Telegu culture and is known as Mangala Snaanam.

The respective worships in bride and groom’s house

The next set of rituals starts with worshipping of the gods and goddesses after the groom and bride take their individual bath. In both their houses their respective family members and relatives apply oil to the bride and groom and perform the Aarti.

The Aarti is performed as a devotion to the god to protect the bride and groom for any ominous planet movements and its corresponding affects as well as guard them from all the bad omens and evil spirits; and help them find wisdom and strength in bad times.

The wedding starts with puja and blessings

The whole ceremony of Telegu marriage starts with respective Ganesh and Gauri puja. The wedding ceremony proceeds with the worshipping in the marriage hall. The bride and groom seek blessings and corporeal strength from the god and goddess to help them in their newly married life. Ganesh provides financial strength and Gauri blesses with power and courage.

Raja Kumar

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