The wedding venue adorned in the hues of red and gold reflects the simplicity of Tamil culture; however, the people of Tamil Nadu are really lavish when it comes to following the traditions with utmost precision. A typical Tamil wedding is a beautiful amalgamation of various rituals and the ceremony lasts for 6-7 days. The Tamil marriages are not as extravagant as the north Indian marriages, but the authentic rituals that the Tamilians still follow with precision make them one of a kind. Given below is a brief of the small rituals that take place in a modern day Tamil wedding and their significance:
Panda Kaal Muhurtham
The ceremonies begin with Panda Kaal Muhurutham, a ritual that takes place before the marriage. In this ritual, the families of the bride and the groom worship god for the uninterrupted, peaceful, and joyful wedding.
Sumangali Prarthanai – A Puja For The Married Women
Sumanglis are the females that are blessed with a harmonious married life. In Sumangli Prarthana, around 3, 5, 7 or 9 Sumangli women are called. The ladies are treated with the authentic south Indian food and bride-to-be seeks their blessings to have a successful married life ahead.
In Pallikai Thellichal, 9 types of grains along with curd are mixed and the mixture is kept in the earthen pots. The pots are then immersed in the water to feed the fishes. The ritual is considered auspicious for the beginning of the couple’s new life.
In Nandi Shardam, 10 Brahmins are called and they are feasted with fruits, coconut, flowers, sweets, paan-supari, etc. After the feast, the Brahmins are requested to give blessings to the couple.