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Tamil wedding rituals

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The Tamilians believe in a simple living and their wedding ceremony reflects the same. The whole process is completed within two days in presence of family and friends from nearby as well as distant places. Tamil wedding rituals are usually held in the first half of the year from the month of February to June as the other months are considered inauspicious.

Tamil weddings rituals without playing instruments like Naathaswaram and the Melam are incomplete. The Tamil marriages are accompanied with pre-wedding, wedding and post-wedding rituals. Pre-wedding rituals includes customs like Karappu, Sumangali Prarthanai, Kalyanapillai, Nandi Devata Pooja, Navgraha Pooja and Vritham and many more.

Rituals and Customs
Tamil weddings starts with a ritual called ‘Mangalasnanam’ where both the partners are asked for a ceremonial bathing. The bathing is done at an auspicious hour early in the morning along with an aarti performed by the ladies of the house. The couple is presented with new clothes and sends to their respective homes for getting dressed for the special occasions. Gauri Pooja is a prayer performed by the bride privately to Gauriamma. Kaasi Yatra is an interesting ritual of Tamil weddings.

In this ritual, the groom pretends to leave for a pilgrimage stating that he is not interested in becoming a householder. The bride’s father request and convince him for taking the responsibilities and is taken to the marriage venue. On his return, the bride’s mother washes his feet and calls the daughter who is accompanied with her maternal uncle. The couple then moves to the wedding place where they exchange the garlands for three times. After this, balls of cooked rice are thrown in every direction to keep away the evil spirits. Kanyadan is held after this event. The corner of the bride’s sari is tied with grooms’ shawl and both are taken to the mandap.

The bride’s father washes the feet of the groom on their arrival. Bride sits on the lap of her father and offers a coconut to the groom. This signifies the acceptance of the bride by the groom. She is presented with a sari from groom’s parents. The bride then sits in the lap of her father on the heap of paddy signifying to welcome prosperity. The groom ties the mangalsutra and they take seven rounds around the fire which marks the end of the Tamil wedding ritual.

Special Features
The Tamil marriages are accomplished in the simplest way with the Tamilian culture. Post-wedding rituals are carried out to make it a complete wedding ceremony. Post wedding rituals usually includes the warm welcome of the bride, exchange of gifts and reception.

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