Indian weddings are sure to be filled with glamour, funk, and pomp. However, it's the rich culture and traditions that make them special. If you have attended a full-fledged Indian wedding, we are sure you will agree that weddings are a bibliography of Indian cultures. And one such wedding filled with grace and traditions is the Kannada wedding. Taking place in Bangalore and other parts of Karnataka, Kannada matrimonials are always a delight to watch.
Kannada matchmaking is simple, less fussy, and shorter in duration as compared to other Indian weddings. And if you are stoked to know more about the Kannada matrimony rituals, we have created the perfect guide for you. Read on to know more.
Decoding Kannada Matrimonial Rituals For You
Wedding Time: When it comes to Kannada matchmaking, they usually take place during the Day. And trust us, Day weddings are blissful to watch. From eye-catching decor to stunning outfits, everything in Kannada weddings is a treat for the eyes. Some rituals in Kannada matrimony are similar to other cultures, but the soul of every Kannada wedding is the age-old customs they follow.
To your surprise, traditional Kannada weddings don't have Haldi and Mehendi. Millennials today incorporate these functions in their weddings, but the traditional ones begin once horoscopes are matched and end in 2-3 days. And if you want to know more, then here's your complete guide to Kannada matrimonials.
Pre-wedding Rituals In Kannada Matrimony
Nischay Tamulam: This ceremony is similar to the engagement ceremony that takes place in other weddings. Here, the parents of the couple exchange betel leaves and nuts to shower all the love and luck on the match. The groom's family gives the bride a saree with a matching blouse, coconut, and sweets, while the bride's family presents the groom a dhoti, coconut, fruits, and sweets. The key highlight of this ceremony is where the family priest decides the wedding date.
Naandi: Several pujas and religious ceremonies are a part of Kannada matchmaking and known as Shastras. Naandi is also a Shashtra, held in the bride and groom's abode, respectively. As a part of this ritual, the family priest keeps a copper pot filled with holy water and coconut in the house. The priest then performs a prayer to ensure that the wedding takes place without any trouble. Furthermore, this Shastra also ensures that the couple has a happy, fulfilling life with health, wealth, and love. And towards the end of this ritual, the first wedding card is placed in front of the god.
Bale Shastra: In this pre-wedding ritual, the bride attends a puja to seek the blessings of the almighty in a nearby temple, and towards the end of this ritual in Kannada matrimony, the bride gifts all the married women in her family a set of bangles.
Kaashi Yaatre: Kashi Yatra is a must-attend and fun ritual of every Kannada wedding. It is a pre-wedding ritual, where the groom pretends to walk away in rage because no one can find him a fitting bride. The ritual is named Kaashi Yaatre because the groom threatens the family to leave the world and go for a pilgrimage to Kaashi. He wears a dhoti, carries a stick, an umbrella, and some food while pretending to leave the house. And right then, his maternal uncle stops him and shows him the picture of the bride they have chosen for him. After looking at the picture, the groom decides to stay back.
Dev Karya: This wedding ritual in Kannada matrimony takes place right before the groom leaves for the bride's residence. The groom visits all the nearby temples to seek blessings before leaving for the bride's house.
Wedding Rituals In Kannada Matrimonial You Should Know
Weddings in Karnataka are simple, quaint, and traditions, by all means, are given utmost importance. Here are all the ceremonies that you must know about.
Mandap Puja: In this ritual, the priest does the puja of the mandap and purifies it for the wedding. It is the first ritual that takes place on the main day in Kannada weddings.
Welcoming the Groom and his family: The bride's family receives the groom and his party on reaching the residence for the wedding. Here, the bride's mother and other family members do the groom's aarti and then take him inside to the bride.
Var Puja: In Kannada matrimony, the groom is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, and hence in this ritual, the groom is worshipped by the bride's family and is taken to the wedding mandap by the bride's father. The father leads the groom to the mandap, where the bride is seated and washes his feet. Before the rituals begin, the bride's father gives the groom a scarf and silk dhoti. The groom then changes into the gifted dhoti and scarf to start with the wedding rituals.
Jaimala: A cloth is placed between the bride and the groom in the mandap, and the priest starts with the rituals. And as the rituals commence, the priest recites the mantras, and the curtains are gradually removed allowing the couple to look at each other and to exchange the garlands.
Dhareherdu: In Kannada matrimony, Dhareherdu is similar to Kanyadaan that takes place in other cultures. The bride's hand is placed on the groom's right hand, and then a betel leaf and coconut are placed on the top. The bride's parents pour holy water out of a traditional copper pot on top of their hands. This ritual in Kannada matrimony means that the parents have agreed to give their daughter's hand to the groom.
Saptapadi: This ritual is again similar to Saptapadi, where the Kannada bride's saree's hem is tied to the end of the groom’s scarf. This knot symbolizes that this bond is now unbreakable. The couple then takes round around the sacred fire seven times while reciting the vows. These vows are meant to hold their marriage together. And this ritual in Kannada matrimony is known as the Saptapadi.
Thaali: Thaali ceremony makes it official that the beautiful couple is happily married now. Taking the help of five married women, the groom makes the bride wear Thaali (mangal sutra). It is the last wedding ritual performed in a Kannada wedding.