Culture, religion, language are the traits which defines the personality of a person. People ought to behave, talk and respond according to the grooming they have got in their native place. The development of a human mind reflects a major part of his social and political environments.
India is famous for its rich tradition, integrity, secularism, festivals, rituals, monuments, literature and many other things. Marriages in India are considered no less than a festival; they are celebrated with full bash and enthusiasm. The ceremonies, cultures, practices, style differ from community to community in case of matrimonies. If we see the number for the type of marriages, it will equalize the number of regions, religions or communities present in the country.
A region where marriages are considered as a step ahead in the spiritual development of a human being is Andhra Pradesh. The religion and the language practiced in the area is Telugu, these people also have a significant population in Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Pondicherry, etc. Telugus are hard working, intelligent people and are very particular about their cultural and religious practices.
Marriages as in every other religion are a great affair for Telugus also. They prefer marrying their children in the same community. Like a Brahmin prefers marrying his daughter in the Brahmin family only, inter-caste marriages are made only if exception arises. These people are mostly in the favor of sending their daughters in the friends or family circle, keeping it minimum to matrimonial advertisements.
A Telugu marriage comprises of a number of rituals which are performed before, during and post marriage. The Telugu Bride wears a saree of usually red or some other dark and vibrant color, while the groom wears a shirt and a south Indian dhoti in their auspicious style. Other than the wedding saree, the bride is beautifully decorated with gold and pearl jewelry with all the beautifications on her hair complimented by their traditional flowers. In case of a Brahmin groom, he is not supposed to wear a shirt at the time of marriage.
The various rituals followed before a Telugu matrimony is:
This is at the very starting when the Telugu matrimony gets fixed, the date and the time for the marriage is decided during this ceremony i.e. mostly in the evening. The rites for the Telugu marriage are on the whole same as that of a Hindu marriage.
A ceremony where the Telugu Bride and the Telugu groom are applied turmeric and oil on their bodies; after taking bath they wear new clothes and then are blessed by the elders. This takes place two or three days before the marriage.
A ritual only for the Telugu groom, wherein he wears a silver thread on his body, just few hours before the marriage
Itís a custom where at the end of the thread ceremony, the Telugu Groom says that he has discarded all the worldly materials and is going to kashi, after which the Telugu Brideís brothers have to request the groom to drop his decision of going to kashi and marry their sister. Itís an exceptional but quite entertaining ritual.
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