Curious to know more about the Kerala matrimonial culture at weddings? Well, the article will give you details on everything about the city’s culture and wedding rituals. Keep reading to find out all about Kerala matrimony!
Kerala city undoubtedly has breathtaking scenic beauty so are the place’s wedding rituals. Their rich culture and traditions are enough to set a vibe in Kerala matrimony celebrations. Though India is a diversified nation and every culture has its own beauty but Kerala weddings are known for their simplicity and authenticity even in such grand celebrations. Their marriage rituals are itself evident of why they call the city ‘god’s own country. Read further to know more about Kerala matrimonial traditions and the wedding culture.
Muhurtham is a simple pre-wedding ritual where the kundalis of both the bride and groom are matched and anticipated by the pandit. The astrologer will then give their feedback if it is a correct match or not and suggest solutions for the doshas in Kundali. Also, the auspicious date of marriage is finalized on Muhurtham for the Kerala groom and the bride.
Nishchayam is the same as the engagement of the bride and groom in Kerala matrimonial traditions. It is the first official announcement of a wedding in front of the people. Both families gather together for the ring ceremony and small feast on this day. Some of them also invite their close friends and relatives to Nishchayam. They even exchange each other’s horoscope on this day and the ritual is also known as Jaathakam Maaral or Mothiram Mattal.
There is a traditional party organized for guests from both sides just before the Kerala matrimonial wedding. It’s a delicious feast for close family members but just the vegetarian meals are served in the same.
Madhuparkam is a famous Kerala matrimonial culture where the groom arrives at the wedding and venue and the father of the bride is supposed to wash the Kerala groom’s feet with water and welcome his family. The groom’s family also offers a white wedding saree for the bride to wear during the marriage ceremony.
Kanyadaan is one of the most crucial ceremonies in Kerala matrimonial marriages. The father of the bride hands over his daughter and her responsibility to the groom in this ceremony. The ceremony takes place in front of the holy fire Veli. The couple goes around the Veli three times and then the groom ties a Taali (yellow necklace) around the bride’s neck. It signifies the new life of the bride which is going to start at her husband’s home now.
In this wedding ritual, the bride and the groom are made to sit on the floor in a way that he faces the bride and their foreheads touch. The priest then chants some mantras and the bride puts rice in the fire during the ceremony. The Kerala groom then puts the bride’s feet in the grinding stone which is the significance of the girl’s breaking bonds with her family. The ritual is necessary for her to make a new bond now with her in-laws.
It is one of the final pre-wedding rituals where all the guests are made to sit and enjoy the wedding feast during the ceremony. The families serve all the traditional dishes and host a grand feast for all the guests at the wedding.
This Kerala matrimonial ritual is the same as Bidai in other Hindu traditions. Here the bride bids adieu to her family members with the Kerala groom and enters her new home with him. All the ladies of the groom’s family then welcome the bride home and blesses the couple for the new start.
As the name suggests, here the bride finally enters her new home with the groom. The bride and the groom are now finally all set to live together as husband and wife after this.
So, these are the interesting Kerala matrimonial cultures during their wedding. However, there are many more post-wedding rituals to add. But these are some of the most crucial of all.