South Indian Tamil Bride:  All you want to know about Tamil wedding!

There is so much to talk about Tamilians, culture, It’s origin and the language. Tamil language is a Dravidian language spoken predominantly in Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka, Singapore and other parts of the world. As proud they are about their language a typical Tamil culture dominates they entire way of life.

Tamil families have greatly preserved their traditions and way of life despite of western culture hitting hard in every possible. Tamils are vibrant, pious, rule bound and very traditional. The food is primarily vegetarian however you will find some surprising sumptuous varieties in non-vegetarian area as well.

Let’s talk about Tamil marriages and what I write here is my observation and may not be true to its entirety. However most of the Tamil marriages are still arranged by the parents. Inter caste marriages are still very difficult to realize and still remain “rare” in Tamil culture.

Tamil weddings are intricate, sensitive, elaborate and tiring

Tamilians are known for their simple living and great education. Tamil culture is vast and very detailed. For them spiritual symbolism is paramount rather than any fancy show. They take their weddings very seriously and at the same time there are fun filled moments when the realtives reunite. Tamil weddings, also known as Kalyanam, take place during the day of all months of the Tamilian calendar except Aashad, Bhadrapad and Shunya.

NakshatraPorutham – Horoscopes or nakshatrams are matched . Wedding date and precise moment for the wedding is finalized.

Marriage Agreement– The marriage agreement is drafted next by the priests on both sides once the marriage is finalized

Panda Kaal Muhurtham – The two families visit a temple or may organize a special puja at one of the homes, and pray to the Almighty so that the wedding may happen without any obstacles.

Sumangali Prarthanai – This is a special puja directed towards the Sumangalis or married women who take part during various rituals of the wedding. They are also treated with special lunch.

Pallikal Thellichal – Pots are decorated with vermillion and sandalwood paste. Inside each pot, nine different types of grains or navadhaanyam are placed along with a bit of curd.

Vrutham – This wedding ritual takes place at the groom’s place, This day signifies transition of the groom from the Bachelorhood or Brahmacharya phase of life to Domestic or Garhasthaya phase.

Naandi Shraddham – A day before arrival of groom’s family and bride’s venue. An Brahmins are invited over who take part in a ritual.

Nishchayathram – This is the formal engagement ceremony in case of a Tamil wedding.

Lagna Pathirikai – Denotes announcement of weeding. The family priests after consulting the couple’s horoscopes come up with the most auspicious moment of carrying out the wedding which is written in the patrika

About Tamil Bride

The Tamil Bride is all about beauty and elegance. Brides are draped with Kajeevaram Silk sarees in bright colors paired with gorgeous-looking jewelry, In case of Brahmin brides, the Kanjeevaram sarees are generally 9-yards long while in case of non-Brahmins it is 6-yards. The saree is worn in the traditional Madisar style. The bride has to change her gorgeous sarees mutiple times.

The Tamil bride wears a lot of gold jewelry passed through generations. She wears special gold and precious stone set jewelry known as Jadainagam in the shape of a cobra over her plaits, which is believed to be symbolic of the bride’s fertility.

Ornament worn around the waist is called as Oddiyanam, Made of gold with temple designs and is used to keep the saree borders and garlands in place. On her hair, along with the traditional tamilmangtika made of gold, stones and pearls, the Tamil bride also wears Nethi on both sides of the central hair parting.

She generally wears a number of necklaces in multiple layers around her neck, gold bangles, and diamond nose-pins. Bridal Makeup is preferred to be subtle and natural while some young brides look for detailed eye makeup and of course matching foundation.

If it’s a Tamil wedding then be ready to experience great food, lot of poojas and witness family reunion in its true meaning.

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