Devara Samaradhane (Event to invoke blessings of God)

In olden days, this event brought together a whole lot of the women folk from the community to help prepare ingredients for a wedding feast, with the granite chakki and the vonake . Today, at weddings, a ritual is conducted to bring out the same sentiment, before all other wedding ceremonies begin. There is a lot of singing and laughter during this ritual, it makes for a good start! 

Varapuja (Welcoming the groom)

Formal introduction & get-together of both families & friends on 27th May 2010 @ 7 PM @ Shree Kala Mantap

Kashiyaatre,kanya dhana,Muhurtha and Sapthapadi

Rituals planned for 28th May

Muhurtha - the WEDDING Muhurtha refers to the actual wedding ceremony itself. It typically occurs on the second day of a wedding ceremony.The muhurtham includes the “Kashiyaatra” , “mangalya dharane” and sapthapadi.

Kashiyaatra refers to an age-old Brahmin ritual where the groom “decides” to take up ’sanyasa’ (i.e. asceticism/monkhood) for spiritual pursuit. He would ultimately be ‘convinced’ by the bride’s father to return and take up “grahastham” or family life and that the bride will assist in his subsequent spiritual pursuit. For the Kashi Yaathra, the bride’s father would have to buy(as in general practice) an Umbrella, Hand fan, Bhagwad Gita book, Sandals. The groom will then agree and garlands will be exchanged by the bride and groom.

During the muhurtham,the bride is made to sit on her dad’s lap as her dad does (kanyadana) and offers his daughter to be taken care of by the groom. As the priest then chants mantras, the groom ties a “thaali” or “mangalsutra” as a necklace around the bride’s neck as all the guests shower their blessings (symbolized by rice grains that are distribued to all guests to shower onto the bride and groom). This symbolizes the actual wedding and the newly-weds take their marriage vows in 7 steps (sapthapathi) as they walk 3 rounds hand-in-hand around the holy fire (agni).

Reception

A Wedding Reception is a party held after the completion of a marriage ceremony. It is held as hospitality for those who have attended the wedding, hence the name reception: the couple receives society, in the form of family and friends, for the first time as a married couple.