Reddy wedding customs


Minister's of Penmai
May 21, 2011
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Weddings are exceptionally unique and a pleasure to be a part of. Reddys are a social group chiefly found in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Reddy is an agrarian community that has branched out into several professions in the previous years. The traditions and customs of Reddys are often comparable to those practiced by other communities in Andhra Pradesh.
The marriage rituals of Reddys commence with a promise made by two families to each other that a wedding will be honored. After speaking with an astrologer, a particular day and time are arranged for the marriage ceremony and both parties generate written contracts. These contracts are then put in yellow cloth bundles along with nutes, turmeric, fruits and betel leaf. These in turn will be blessed by an officiating pujari. Today, intercultural marriages or marriages between Subdivisions are permitted.
A Telugu marriage comprises of ceremonies, rituals and rites that are filled with symbolism and rich meaning. These are conducted in a similar way to most Hindu marriage rites, with stress on spirituality. The wife has an esteemed position in all ceremonies. She is considered as the ardhangini, which means she is a part of her husband. The literal translation is "half of the body." Without the wife's physical presence, her husband cannot conduct any religious ritual pertaining to the ceremony. The rites are performed by a priest, or purohit. The marriage often commences during any month except the "unlucky" months for weddings: Aashad, Bhadrapad and Shunya.
Telugu marriage is achieved strictly in lieu with very old customs and traditions. Because of this, Telugu marriage is similar to Hindu and Tamil weddings. During pre wedding rituals, the Muhurtam ritual is conducted, wherein the lucky time is chosen for conducting the wedding. Then, the Pendlikoothuru ritual is commenced, in which oil and turmeric is put on the bride, who will then be bathed. Next is the Snathakam ritual, where the groom wears a silver thread. After this is the Kashi Yatra, where the groom acts as though he is leaving for Kashi but he is stopped by the bride's brother, who promises to present his sister to him in the alliance.
On the wedding day, the bride and the groom do the Mangala Snaanam ritual, where they take a holy, cleansing bath. Once the bath is finished, oil is applied and the traditional aarti is conducted. Then, the bride does the Gauri puja to search for the blessings of Mother Goddess. Finally, the groom does the Ganesh puja in the mandap at the location of the wedding, before marriage and asks the Lord to take away all hindrances.
In the mandap, the bride is accompanied by her maternal uncle. The priest narrates mantras once a curtain is placed between the couples. Next, the Kanyadaan ritual is conducted by the bride's father. He baths the groom's feet and presents his daughter to him. The curtain is taken away during the tying of the Mangalsutra ritual. The groom ties a mangalsutra around the neck of his bride with 3 knots. Then, the Kanya Daan Akshata ceremony commences, in which the bride and groom exchanges garlands and are showered with yellow rice and flowers. The following ritual is the Saptapadi, where the couple walks seven times and say seven vows around the sacred fire. Afterward, the groom places silver toe rings on the bride's feet. This ritual is known as Sthaalipaakam.
Once the wedding ceremonies are finished, the bride goes to her marital home with the groom. Upon arriving at the groom's house, the newly weds are welcomed by the groom's parents. The bride goes inside the house for the first time, and this is known as the Grihapravesh ceremony.


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