Kerala Hindu Weddings- Stories and Traditions

Kerala Hindu weddings are known for peaceful and enchanting ceremonies and of course the delectable Sadya. Rituals have varieties when you scroll from North Kerala to South Kerala. Still the essence of all Kerala Hindu weddings stays the same. So here is a look at what a typical Kerala Hindu wedding entails.

Engagement Ceremony

Happens in bride’s house marking beginning of Kerala Hindu weddings. Generally groom and bride may not be present. Instead families will exchange jathakam or horoscopes in presence of astrologer and elders. Nowadays groom and bride are also present and ring exchange happens. In older times engagement rings were not a common phenomenon in Kerala Hindu weddings. At this time, the presiding elder or astrologer reads out the date and muhurtham (time) of wedding. Sometimes grooms mother or sister gifts jewellery to the bride.

Wedding Attire

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Kerala hindu bride dresses up in silk sarees. Red, blue,green,maroon or orange are common shades. Very rarely Kasav sarees or the classic Kerala beige and gold sarees are also seen. She wears her hair in a long braid with a tassle and hair ornaments as well as a chutti (tikka). Jhumkas, various necklaces and bangles of gold are worn. A thick hip chain adorns her hip.

Groom usually wears a collarless Jubba (kurtha) or shirt in white or cream color, paired with a silk dhoti. He keeps his accessories simple with just a gold chain or bracelet.

Kerala Hindu weddings

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Ceremony happens at bride’s place or a wedding hall or temple near to bride’s home. Event usually happens in day time though historically it was conducted at night too. Mehendi is on the eve of the wedding and all family members together decorate the bride’s hands. Groom and party arrive at the venue and are welcomed by brothers of the bride. While groom sits waiting for the bride, she will be accompanied to the mandap by aunts and her mother. Later in presence of a priest, the groom ties the knot or the mangalsutra. The bride and groom exchange flower garlands representing exchange of love. Her hand is given away to him by her father. They encircle the mandap thrice and after taking blessings, ceremony ends.

Kerala Hindu weddings are simple ceremonies that are wrapped up in a short time and are fuss free. Once the wedding is solemnised, it is time to fill your tummies until they burst with the tasty lunch called the ‘sadya’.

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