Day of marriage
The marriage takes place during the day. On the day of marriage and before
proceeding to the venue of the wedding, the groom first visits a temple and
seeks his parents' and elders' blessings.
Kerala Wedding Ceremony
The Groom arrives at the bride's house in a traditional "dhoti"
and "angavastram". He is seated in a northwestern room where the
bride's father washes the groom's feet and welcomes him. The groom then
gives him the off white sari that has to be worn by the bride for the
Kerala Wedding Process
The the nuptial ceremony is performed around the "agni" (fire).
The bride and the groom circle the sacred fire thrice, after which the
bride's father ties the "Taali", which is strung on a yellow
thread around the neck of the bride. Thereafter the bride's father gives her
hand to the groom in a ceremony called "Kanyadaanam". After the
Kanyadaanam, the groom sits in front of the bride and tilts his head
backwards, to touch her forehead. After this the girl offers puffed rice to
the fire to the chant of various mantras. Her palms are placed in her
husband's hands and she performs the "hom". After this, the groom
lifts the bride's foot and places it on the grinding stone signifying
breaking of her ties from her old family. The groom then moves the bride's
foot forward seven times with his hand symbolizing her entry into his
Post Wedding Ceremony in Kerala
After the wedding a feast is arranged and thereafter the bride leaves for
her husband's home. The vidai from the place of wedding takes place at an
appointed time, according to the muhoortam. The bride, after receiving
aashirwadam or blessings of the parents and the elders present, takes her
leave. "Grihapravesh" ceremony is performed at her new home to
welcome her arrival.
The first event at the groom's house after marriage is called Kudiveypu or
making a new home/family. At the threshold of the groom's home, aarthi of
the couple with deep (lamp) is performed. While entering the house, the
bride first places her right foot into it. She holds a traditional lamp in
her hand while entering the house. Ganpathi pooja is now performed. The
bride then boils milk in the kitchen to herald her inclusion in her new
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