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rituals are full of symbolism and rich significance. They are similar to Hindu
rites and lay a lot of emphasis on spirituality. The ceremony is tilted towards
the wife who has a special status. She is the ‘ardhangani’, or soul mate. No
ritual can be performed by her husband in her absence. The marriage rites are
conducted by a purohit or a priest. The marriage can take place anytime in the
year except in the months of Aashad, Bhadrapad and Shunya because these months
are considered inauspicious for weddings.
The Telugu wedding is fixed at a particular time which is considered auspicious.
It is called the ‘muhuratam.’ Then the couple is applied with oil and turmeric.
They are then asked to take a bath and soon later wear a new set of clothes. The
bride to be wears flowers in her hair, bindi or vermillion on her forehead and
bangles on her wrists. The bridegroom has to wear a silver thread around his
body as a part of the Telugu wedding rituals.
Rituals and Customs
Vaidic passages are read out during the course of rituals of Telugu wedding.
Then the bridegroom does a mock play of leaving for Kashi, to devote himself to
God and spend his life in prayer in his dedication. He carries a walking stick
and few Spartan essentials of life and threatens to renounce the world. He is
then persuaded by the bride’s brother not to leave. Finally the bridegroom
relents and agrees to not go and take up his family responsibilities. The bride
and the bridegroom then take a sacred bath and then they are considered ready
Various poojas are conducted at a Telugu wedding like the ‘Aarti’ and the ‘Gauri
pooja.’ The bride’s father then gives his daughter in marriage in an elaborate
ceremony known as the ‘kanyadaan.’ The ceremony is done where a curtain is
placed between them and they are not to see each other. When the marriage rites
are over the bridegroom is accepted by the bride as a form of God and the
bride’s parents hand over their daughter to them.
The bride wears a mangalsutra around her neck. This signifies that she is a
married woman who belongs to another man. It is a symbol of a woman’s marital
status and she is supposed to die rather than part with it. This is a common
feature of all Hindu weddings and Telugu weddings have also borrowed a leaf from
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