Some Telugu Wedding Rituals You Cannot Miss

Weddings are a set of different traditional and cultural rituals which are very important for the completion of the event. These functions not only make the weddings classic, but also take us to our heritage and cultural values. In Telugu matrimonial, the rituals and ceremonies are little bit different from other south Indian areas. They have key role of maternal uncle of bride and her brother in the wedding ceremonies. However, it’s a process filled with lot of fun and you will definitely feel delighted to know about them. Let us take a look at the rituals conducted during a Telugu marriage and their features.

• Mangal snaanam: The bride and groom are provided with an important and special bath, to prepare and make them pure for the sacred ceremonies of wedding.

• Arti: Bride and groom are specially applied with oil on their body, at their respective residences. After that, all the family members conduct a puja and Arti to wish for the good future and prosperous life of the bride and groom.
• Ganesh and gowri puja: Ganesh puja is organized at the Mandapam where groom attends the ceremony.
• Kanyadaan: In this ceremony, the family of bride hands over the bride and her life to the groom. The family of bride washes the feet of groom as they treat him as god’s avatar. The bride and groom are separated by a curtain so that they cannot see each other before ceremony. The bride sits in a bamboo basket and her maternal uncle carries her to the Mandapam before ceremony. The curtain is raised after completion of ceremony.
• Jeelakarra bellamu and madhuparkam: In further ceremonies of this wedding, the priest recites holy lines and the bride and groom applies a paste of cumin seeds and jaggery on each other’s hand. This symbolizes that they will always support each other and will never leave each other. The other ceremony is about wearing white dresses with red border. The bride wears a red bordered white cotton saree and groom wears red bordered white dhoti. Red color means strength and white means purity.
• Sumangli: Ten married ladies referred to as ‘Sumangli’ hold plates and stand with the bride. Six plates contain rice and turmeric powder, and other four contains lamps. Rice stands for abundance and lamps for light.
• Tying of the mangalsutra: To complete this ceremony, the curtain between the bride and the groom is removed. The groom ties three knots of mangalsutra into bride’s neck, and this symbolizes physical, mental and spiritual bonding of their lives.
• Kanyadaan akshata: The garland ceremony takes place and each one of couple exchange floral garlands. All the people present their shower blessings and sprinkle the flower petals and rice- turmeric on the couple.
• Saptapadi: The couple walk around fire in seven rounds and the end of saree is tied to end of dhoti for this.
• Sthaalipaakam: in this ceremony the groom puts silver toe rings on the bride’s feet and this ceremony is done by wearing a black string by the bride.