South India Wedding Ceremony:
India is famous for its rich tradition and culture. Every activity in Hinduism accompanied with rituals and customs. Here the South India Wedding ceremony has long belief and noble sentiment among the people who follow the Hinduism. Especially in South India, wedding tradition starts after the engagement of the couple. Before the marriage, the bride and groom houses decorated with flowers and trees for doing well for their future. We can see at the venue of the engagement ceremony in South India, the full-grown plantain trees decorated at the gate posts. The festoons with the mango leaves hang at the overhead of the entrance. The screw pine petals arranged at the head of the house. The women draw the beautiful Rangoli designs at door steps of the house.
Sacred Rituals of Wedding:
The bridegroom brought to marriage mandapam in a procession from a temple. During this procession the bride’s parents escort him and the Nadaswaram band leads him along the streets to marriage Mandapam. After reaching the Mandapam the priest let the groom perform God Ganapati puja to keep away all obstacles. Beside of this ceremony, five married couple a leaf-laden branch of Pipal tree is set up and wash it with milk to please all gods and goddesses.
During the Puja, the Bride’s parents present the dhoti to the bridegroom and the groom’s parents present a sari to Bride. These pujas made to shower the astral planets on the espousing couple. Then the bride and groom separately perform Vratham, later the marriage ceremonies start. The priest tied a holy thread to the Bride and Groom, which keep away all evil spirits. This ceremony is the indication to espousing couple, their bachelorhood is completed and a new chapter starts in this life as a household or householder (Grihesta).
On the dais of the marriage performance, the bride and bridegroom’s father sit facing each other to perform final betrothal ceremony. During this ceremony, the priest chants the hymns from the Vedas in the name of bride and groom. At the mean time chants in the name of their ancestors for their blessings. After the chantings, the Uncles of the bride lifted here to the shoulders, the groom stands opposite to the bride and exchange the flower garlands with each other thrice for a perfect union. This ceremony is also a symbol of accepting of each other with utmost respect. Later the bride sits on her father’s lap to give away as a gift to the bridegroom by her father. The bride is then given an auspicious washing, later her sisters draped her with new Koorai saree.
Post Wedding Customs:
After these ceremonies, the groom tied the three scared knots. As soon as tied of the three knots, the visitors bless them with rice grains coated with turmeric. Then officially the bride became the wife to groom. Then the groom holds the hand of the bride and walks seven steps with her around the sacred fire. This is the most important ceremony to complete the marriage. Later the marriage, the priest conducts some culturally based games among the new couple to bring attachment between them. After approved them as the couple, the bride leaves her home and enters into the new home of her in-laws. While entering the house the priest chants the hymns of Vedas and explains how she performs her duties in the new house.
In the evening of the marriage day or the next day evening, at the groom’s house, the relatives and neighbours conduct some fun games among the newly wedded couple. The married women sing the songs poking fun at the couple. These activities brought up a sporting spirit, kindness and cooperation with the family and the neighbours. Finally, the elders of the family prepare the mixture of turmeric power and lime juice and circle it around the couple and throw away to keep the evil eye at the newly wedded couple.