Telugu Wedding Rituals: All You Need to Know

23 Sep 2020

Telugu Hindu weddings are one of the most interesting wedding ceremonies of the people from the Telugu community, mostly residing in the state of Andhra Pradesh. We all know how significant is a wedding for any community. But, are we aware of these interesting rituals performed as part of these wedding ceremonies?

It would be great to know about the myriad traditional aspects involved in Telugu weddings, filed with full of life and colors. Here is a complete guide to know more about Telugu wedding traditions and rituals.

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Telugu wedding is are mostly a major event that shows the exuberance of the Telugu community. The events include the bride as well as the groom making ceremony, the wedding, and a grand reception with lots of fun-filled activities. All these events are deeply rooted in the enduring cultural traditions of the Telugu community.

So, what are the important Rituals of the Telugu wedding?

  1. Mangala Snanam
  2. Ganesh Puja/Gowri Puja
  3. Kanyadaanam
  4. Panigrahanam
  5. Jeelakarra Bellam
  6. Madhuparakam
  7. Mangal Sutra Dharana
  8. Talambralu
  9. Dandalu
  10. Saptapadi
  11. Sthalipakam
  12. Arundhathi Nakshathram
  13. Appagintalu

(1) Mangala Snanamtelugu weddingAs a part of the bride/groom making ceremony, the Mangala Snanam is done where the bride as well as the groom will be smeared with turmeric.

The event happens at the respective residences of the bride and the groom. The word ‘Mangala Snanam’ literally means Holy Bath. The ceremony happens at the Muhurtham time (auspicious time) and the couple wears the first set of wedding dresses right after this event.

(2) Ganesh Puja/Gowri PujaTelugu wedding rituals

On the wedding day, before reaching the wedding venue, the bride and the groom offer prayers to almighty to seek blessings. As guided by the priest, the groom participates in the Ganesh Puja at the venue while the bride participates in the Gowri Puja in her house.

As per Hindu belief, every auspicious occasion begins with a Ganesh Puja in which Lord Ganesha is worshipped, to avoid any obstacles. The bride seeks blessings from the Goddess as she is believed to be the symbol of fertility and motherhood.

(3) KanyadaanamTelugu wedding customs

Kanya’ means young lady and ‘danam’ means giving away. The bride’s parents wash the feet of the groom before entering into the venue.

At this time, the groom is considered as the manifestation of Lord Vishnu who arrived to marry their daughter who is considered as Goddess Lakshmi. The parents give their daughter to the groom and he is responsible to look after his better-half without fail.

(4) PanigrahanamTelugu marriage

The ceremony signifies the official handing over of the bride to the groom. The bride’s parents will place their daughter’s hand in the groom’s hand. This is a noble act done by the bride’s parents as part of Telugu wedding ceremonies.

(5) Jeelakarra BellamTelugu wedding telugu marriage

One of the most important rituals that happen as part of the Telugu wedding ceremony is Jeelakarra Bellam. Jeelakarra means cumin and Bellam means jaggery.

During this ritual, the mix of cumin and jaggery is pasted on the hands of the couple who then place this paste on each other’s heads.

(6) MadhuparakamTelugu wedding traditions

Once the Jeelakarra Bellam is over, the couple changes the dresses for another major ritual known as Madhuparakam.

Both will be dressed in white clothes with a red, yellow, or green border. While the white color indicates purity or loyalty, the other tinges of colors indicate strength.

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(7) Mangal Sutra DharanaMangal-Sutra-Dharana

This is an auspicious occasion where the groom ties the Mangalsutra (the sacred yellow thread) around the bride’s neck amidst the ‘sannai mellam’.

The sacred yellow thread will be smeared with turmeric paste and there will be two separate gold pendants attached to it. Since the ‘Mangalsutra’ is the identifying mark of a married woman, the ritual is of great significance in the Telugu wedding ceremony.

(8) Talambralutelugu wedding customs

This is a fun-filled ritual as part of the Telugu wedding ceremony. During this ritual, the bride and groom pour Talambralu (a mix of rice and turmeric) on each other’s heads.

It then becomes a competition and the couple pours more things like rose petals and pearls on each other.

(9) Dandalu – Garland ExchangeTelugu wedding customs

It is a simple gesture in which the couple accepts each other as partners by exchanging the garlands.

(10) Saptapadi

Saptapadi is a ritual conducted during Hindu wedding ceremonies and it is different in different regions. The ritual means ‘seven steps’ where the groom leads the first three steps and the bride leads the last four steps.

(11) SthalipakamTelugu wedding customs

In this ritual, the groom expresses his respect towards the groom by bending in front of her and ten puts a silver toe in the bride’s feet. Also, a string filled with black beads is tied around the brides’ neck to keep all the evil eyes from her.

(12) Arundhathi NakshathramTelugu wedding rituals

After other rituals are done, the chief priest takes the couple out of the venue to spot the stars (Arundhathi and Vasistha) in the sky. The groom points the stars and shows them to the bride.

(13) AppagintaluTelugu marriage rituals

This is the final ceremony conducted as part of the Telugu wedding ceremony in which the bride’s parents officially handover the bride to the groom’s family. The couple then leaves the wedding venue.

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