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It’s a known fact that Indian weddings are big fat ceremonies celebrated to express every community’s cultural significance and flamboyance. People celebrate wedding ceremonies with colorful and vibrant events, along with the much-needed ritualistic practices followed for centuries. When it comes to Nadar wedding ceremonies, they are subtle celebrations with meaningful rituals that offer you a pretty interesting time to behold.
Nadar weddings are intricate celebrations exclusively set for families. It has all the elements of pomp and showiness where the families enjoy a quality time. There are several pre-wedding, wedding, and post-wedding ceremonies scheduled in a Nadar wedding. Let’s have a look at the interesting rituals in a typical Nadar wedding ceremony.
Garland Wearing Ceremony
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The very first pre-wedding ritual in a Nadar wedding is a Garland wearing ceremony where the groom’s family visits the bride’s house carrying a beautiful flower garland for the bride. They also carry jewelry, clothes, and sweets for the bride. If the groom’s mother is not present, his sister will perform all the rituals.
The female members of the groom’s family deck up the bride with amazing flower garlands. The elders will then shower vermillion on the bride, and the families exchange gifts and other valuables, which represents their consent for the marriage.
Pattu Kattuthal Ceremony
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In the Nadar wedding ceremony, the wedding attire has great significance. For instance, this Pattu Kattuthal Ceremony is an honor to the bride by the groom’s family, where she is gifted a beautiful silk saree, especially from Kanchipuram (Kanjeevaram). During this ceremony, the bride is blessed by all the elders and applies kumkum /(vermillion).
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As part of the Nadar wedding ceremony, a gold-melting ceremony is held at the groom’s residence. This is an interesting occasion where a traditionally designed ‘Thali’ (sacred thread for tying the knot) is gifted to the bridegroom. The bride’s family also participates in this ritual by putting a small piece of gold on the ‘Thali.’ A skilled goldsmith will be designing the Thali after a special prayer session. Once the puja session is completed, he walks out of the house with a minute piece of gold from the Thali, and a female member along with her child accompanies him till the door as the woman with her child is believed to be auspicious.
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There are a couple of puja ceremonies held as part of any Nadar wedding ceremony. The first one happens after the gold-melting ceremony. In this ritual, a palmyrah stick is worshipped after it gets smeared with a paste of turmeric and vermillion. It is then tied with mango leaves. A vessel filled with rice is kept in front of this stick. An older woman from the family then takes the vessel to measure the rice.
Another puja ceremony is held before the wedding date two to three days, to be exact. In this ritual, both the families participate in seeking the blessings from the Almighty and the ancestors. This is done for the couple to have a great life ahead.
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In the Nadar wedding ceremony, the engagement ceremony is celebrated a day before the actual wedding date. During this ritual, the couple exchange rings in the presence of close relatives and friends. They are also supposed to exchange pre-wedding vows, which is considered auspicious.
Wedding Rituals in Nadar Wedding Ceremony
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The wedding rituals begin with the bride and groom’s maternal uncles garlanding their nephews with beautifully set flower garlands. They bless the couple by putting vermillion on their forehead. The women members from the groom’s family then give the bride a new saree which she is supposed to wear during the wedding ceremony.
Tying the Knot
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Like in every Hindu wedding ceremony, this is the most auspicious ceremony in Nadar weddings as well. The priest will hand over the bride’s sacred thread, which he will tie around the bride’s neck. The groom performs this ritual after seeking the blessings from all the elders present during the function. Then happens the Vilakku Darshan ceremony, which is performed by the groom’s brother. The bride’s mother then offers the couple milk and banana.
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This is one interesting Nadar wedding ritual in which the couple gets smeared with special oil by the families’ elders.
Bride bidding adieu
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After completing the wedding rituals, the bride emotionally says goodbye to all her family members. The parents of the bride and her relatives bless the couple by throwing rice on them.
Once the couple enters the groom’s house, they are well received by the groom’s mother, who will perform aarti. The elders also bless the couple.
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A grand reception is held on the evening of the wedding day or the day after the wedding. All the relatives and friends of the groom will grace the occasion with their presence. The guests will bestow the couple with valuable gifts. This is followed by a grand and delicious feast enriched with traditional dishes.
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Few days after the wedding, the couple visits the bride’s paternal house where they will be served a sumptuous feast, marking the end of Nadar wedding rituals.
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