Indians from different region follow a different set of rituals and traditions on their weddings. However Telugu wedding customs are quite similar to the Tamil ones. Apart from religious customs, traditional Telugu wedding is celebrated with great fun and enthusiasm. If you want to know more about Telugu wedding, you can walk through the comprehensive information on rituals observed during traditional Telugu marriage.
Telugu Pre-Wedding Rituals
On this special day, the date for the auspicious occasion for the wedding, commonly known as muhurtam, is selected by the members of both the families along with the priest. This day is considered as the formal engagement when the bride is showered with gifts and blessings by her future mother-in-law.
More like the haldi ceremony in the Northern parts of India, in this ritual, turmeric paste and oil known as ‘nalugu’ is applied to bride and groom, at their respective homes. After this, they are required to bathe so that a natural glow is radiated. They are given a new set of clothing to wear. The bride is adorned with fresh flowers and jewelry. Blessings paired with betel leaves, sweets, flowers and bangles are showered on the bride.
This is one of the most important rituals that take place at the bridegroom’s place before the muhurtam.
This is a fun-filled custom where the groom pretends to leave for pilgrimage to Kashi, leaving behind all the worldly pleasures, responsibilities and duties as well. He is then stopped by the bride’s brother reminding him about the promises about marriage. Finally, the groom agrees to the wedding.
On their wedding day, the bride and the groom are required to take an auspicious bath and make them ready for the rituals.
After oil is applied to the bride and the groom at their respective houses, the family members perform aarti in the presence of Lord Ganesha, so that He bestows blessing on the newlywed to lead their life happily.
Ganesh and Gowri Puja
Before the wedding ceremony, the groom performs pooja to Lord Ganesha and Gauri mata in the mandap.
Telugu Wedding Rituals
This is the first ritual in Telugu wedding where, bride’s maternal uncle carries her in a bamboo basket to the mandap. Since, the bride and groom are not allowed to see each other unless the ritual of kanyadaan is performed; they are separated by a curtain. The priest offers pooja to the ancestors for their blessing.
The bride is draped by beautiful bright coloured saree enhanced by traditional jewellery.
Jeelakarra Bellamu & Madhuparkam
The bride dresses up in white cotton sari with red border whereas the groom wears white cotton dhoti with red border. Whilst the priest recites shlokas from the Vedas the couple is required to smear a paste of cumin and jaggery on each other’s hands which is believed to make their bond ever-lasting.
The bride is taken to the mandap, accompanied by ten married women, sumangalis. While six of them hold thalis that contain a mixture of rice and turmeric powder, the rest, out of ten women hold small lit lamps in their respective thalis.
The Mangalsutra is a golden chain embellished with alternate black and golden beads. In the Telugu wedding, the groom ties the Mangalsutra around the neck of the bride which is believed to have great significance.
Here, the bride’s sari is tied to the groom’s dhoti and they go around the fire seven times, commonly known as pheres while chanting mantras for prosperity and good health.
This is the last wedding ritual where the groom puts silver rings on the bride’s toes. Moreover the bride is also made to wear a string of black beads to keep away from an evil eye.
After the wedding rituals are performed, the bride is warmly welcomed by her mother-in-law and groom’s family members. Her entrance into her new house followed by touching a vessel filled with rice with her right foot is considered to bring wealth and prosperity.
Uniting the Mangalsutra
Grihapravesh is followed by a ceremony, wherein two mangalsootrams are united on a common thread either by the husband or an elder member of his family that signifies harmony between two families.
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