Tradition and customs are a way of life in the south. The magnificent temples are a fine indication of humility and devotion. The sight of full-grown plantain trees tied to both the gateposts, festooned with mango leaves overhead are an indication of a religious function or a marriage. Shehnai, Kolam or Rangoli designs at doorsteps. The south Indian marriage ceremonies start with the Vratham performed separately by the bride and the groom. For the bride, it means the tying of the holy thread on her wrist that is meant to keep away all evil spirits and the groom prepares himself for Grihasta. The days of his bachelorhood are over as the Vedic priest chants the appropriate hymns in which the names of the bride, the bridegroom, as well as their ancestors, are called out in presence of all their friends and relatives. The bride and the groom are lifted to the shoulders of their respective uncles, and in that position they exchange flower garlands with each other three times for a perfect life.
The Perfect Bond
The bride is made to sit on her father’s lap and is given away as a gift by him to the bridegroom. A Saree is draped around her, which is done by the sister of the bridegroom. Three knots are tied, the first one by the bridegroom, the other two knots by his sister to make the bride a parts of the boy’s family. The groom holds the hand of the bride. Holding the bride’s hand, the bridegroom walks seven steps with her. This is the most important part of the marriage ceremony, and only when they walk seven steps together is the marriage complete. Agni, the most powerful element in the cosmos is deemed as a witness to the marriage.The Vedic hymns sound like mother’s words of advice to her daughter as the bride leaves her parents home.
There is a Telugu saying, “marriage is made for an obligation most sublime and all come together “. Which is very true in Indian weddings as families wed each other.
Telugu marriage is sanctified by seven pledges. Symbolic gestures and rituals are part of the ceremony and Panchabhutaalu (Five essential elements for life) sanctify the marriage. Along with marriages come sarees. South Indian sarees are the best, rich, heavy and redolent in tradition. The belt of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu will only see the best of silk rustle with each other.
The traditional silk sarees like the Mysore silk sarees, Pochampally Ikat, Kanjeevaram sarees are part of a bride’s trousseau. It is a timeless jewel, that can be passed on from one generation to another. Shatika has all these gems in her repertoire. Kanchipuram saree is known for its innovative contrast colours. Traditional flawless joints of the silk saree.The hand woven wonder, which is the delight and the right of each bride.
Mysore silk saree is durable and looks very good and has a rich sheen.The Arni silk saree or the Dharmavaram silk saree will add flavor to the wedding and the lustre of silk should match the shine in the bride’s eyes.