Ceremony

A ceremony is an event of ritual significance, performed on a special occasion. A ceremony may mark a rite of passage in a human life, marking the significance. The ceremony can defined in different way. In a Religious way, The Ceremony is a Formal religious or scared observance

Ceremony, rite, ritual refer to set observances and acts traditional in religious services or on public occasions. Ceremony applies to more or less formal dignified acts on religious or public occasions: a marriage ceremony; an inaugural ceremony.A rite is an established, prescribed, or customary form of religious practice:

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Ceremonies


  • Nichayathartham
  • Marriage
  • Brahmin Marriage
  • Upanayanam
  • Seemantham/Vallakappu
  • Shastiabtha Poorthi
    (60th Birthday)
  • Bhima Ratha Shanthi
    (70th Birthday)
  • Sathabhishekam
    (100th Birthday)

Nichayathartham


The bride's family brings turmeric, betel leaves, nuts and clothes for the groom. The bride's brother then honours the groom by placing a flower garland around his neck. As a symbol of happiness, sugar candy is distributed to all guests. Then, an 'Aarthi' is performed, and a coconut is broken, a ritual believed to ward off evil eyes.

On the "medai" or raised platform, both families sit opposite to each other and the "lagna patrika," or marriage contract is written and read aloud by the 'priest or sastrigal'. The document includes the names of both the families, the names of the bride and groom and the agreement that the marriage is to be conducted and it is signed by both bride's and groom's parents. After this, Thamboolams' (platters of betel nuts, dry fruits, nuts, coconuts, turmeric and 'kumkum') and gifts are exchanged. The cone shaped "parupputhengai" is an important part of all these ceremonies.

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Marriage


Tamil marriages are not very showy and extravagant as Tamilians believe in simple living. Tamil people are very particular about their customs and traditions. However, Tamil weddings are attended by distant relatives and friends and hence are held on a large scale. There are many wedding rituals which are observed by them, without which the marriage is deemed incomplete. The important Tamil wedding rituals are given below.

Pre Wedding Rituals

The wedding rituals begin with Panda Kaal Muhurtham, wherein the families of the bride and the groom pray to the Lord for an uninterrupted wedding ceremony. After this, the groom is welcomed with the traditional aarti by the bride's side on the day before marriage. He is offered sweets, sprinkled with rose water and even a coconut is broken to ward off any evil. Next is Vratham, which is a small puja organized before marriage. Following this is Pallikai Thellichal ceremony, as per which grains are sprouted in earthen pots, which are later immersed in a pond to feed the fishes.

The next ritual is Naandi, in which Brahmins are given gifts and sweets to seek their blessings for the wedding alliance. Nicchiyadharatham is the formal engagement ceremony, wherein the bride and the groom exchange rings. After this, the Reading of Lagna Pathirigai takes place, which is formally announcing the wedding and reading out aloud the wedding invitation, to inform everybody about the formalizing of the alliance.

Wedding Rituals

On the day of the wedding, Mangala Snaanam takes place, as per which the bride and the groom take purifying bath. Before the bath, oil and haldi-kumkum are applied to them. Another interesting ritual is Kashi Yatra, wherein the groom threatens everyone to leave for Kashi and lead a life of ascetic. He is stopped by the bride's father, who promises to give his daughter to her. After this, the groom heads towards the mandap, where he meets the bride.

Then the exchange of garlands takes place between the bride and the groom. This is followed by the Oonjal ritual, wherein the couple is seated on a swing and given milk and banana to eat. Rice balls are used to prevent them from evil eye. This is followed by Kanyadaanam, in which the bride's father gives away his daughter to the groom. After this, Muhurtum ritual takes place wherein the groom ties mangalsutra and puts vermillion to the bride. Subsequently, they take seven rounds and seven vows around the sacred fire called Saptapadi.

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Tamil Brahmin Marriage


Iyers are a subsect of South Indian Brahmins and generally speak Tamil. Iyer weddings are known as kalyaanam or thirumanam in Tamil. For specific details about vedic rituals described below, see Vedic wedding.

Iyer weddings, like many other Hindu weddings, typically last about 2–3 days. Traditionally, the family of the bride is responsible for organizing and planning the wedding.

Dress code is usually bare-chested with a veshti for males and sarees or Madisaar for females. In the reception component of the wedding, it is not uncommon to see guests dressed in formal Western wear such as suits for males. Women still generally remain adorned with flowers and silk sarees.

1st Day
    Morning:
  • Vrutham
  • Naanthi
  • Evening:
  • Janavasam/"maapillai azhaippu" - The Procession
  • Nichayathartham
2nd Day
Morning:
  • Kashi Yatra
  • Maalai Maatral
  • Oonjal
  • Palligai Seeds Sowing
  • Kannika Dhanam
  • Kankana Dhaaranam
  • Mangalyadharanam
  • Sapthapadi
  • Pala Dhanam
  • Pradhana Homam
  • Treading on the Grindstone
  • Evening:
  • Nalangu
  • Jayadhi Homam
  • Pravesa Homam
  • Sesha Homam
3rd Day
  • Kattu Saatham

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Upanayana — Initiation into the Vediccommunion


Apart from marriage this is the most important sacrament in Vedic culture. It is performed in theeighth, eleventh or twelfth years of age for all the male members of the first three Varnas. Inancient India there is also mention of this ceremony being done for girls as well but over thecenturies with the consolidation of gender roles it gradually became obsolete for girls.

Etymologically the word Upanayana means “introducing the boy to thespiritual master and to the most sacred Gayatri mantra which is considered to be the greatest ofall mantras”. The Gayatri is the essence of all the Vedas and being initiated into it is called“Brahmopadesham”.

After the usual preliminaries the boy is invested with the sacred thread (yajnopavitam)comprised of three strands worn over the left shoulder and resting on the right hip. The threestrands symbolise body, speech and mind, and the threefold knot is called Brahma-granthi — symbolises the three phases of existence:— creation, preservation and destruction. The studentcultivates awareness of the impermanent nature of all existence and strives to attain knowledgethe immortal imperishable Brahman — the Absolute Reality. From this day forward the initiatewill learn to distinguish between right (dharma) and wrong (adharma), he will bear full responsibility for all his actions, and the sacred thread will remind him to always be in control ofhis actions, speech and thought.

Before teaching the Gayatri Mantra, the Guru who is often the father, grandfather or an unclepours water into the joined palms of the boy. The water symbolises life and the official entry ofthe boy into the spiritual life of his ancestors and lineage.

The boy stands on a grinding stone and is enjoined to develop firmness of resolve and steadfastness in his duties and studies, as well as develop physical strength and excellent health. The initiate then takes certain oaths which are—

  • To fulfil all vows
  • To strive for prominence in the world
  • To engage in creative activities
  • To perform acts of charity
  • To propitiate the gods
  • To care for the needs of fellow-beings
  • To protect subjects or dependents
  • To procreate when married
  • To maintain balanced views and attitudes
  • To honour and serve elders etc.

The Brahmachari or spiritual aspirant is then taught the daily rituals which he will perform forthe rest of his life viz. Sandhya-vandana — daily worship of the Sun and chanting of theGayatri mantra, Samidha-dana— offerings to the sacred fire, and Brahma yajña — daily studyof a portion of the Veda.

Through the sacrament of Upanayana the student acquires a second birth and becomes known asa dvija (twice-born). The first physical birth is by the natural parents and this, the spiritual birthis through the guru who now takes over the physical as well as the spiritual care of the youth.

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Seemantham/Vallakappu


Seemantham, also known as Pumsavana Seemantham is an important traditional samskara in the Indian traditions but more popular in South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, carried out during odd pregnancy months of 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th. Although in ancient times Seemantham was performed on the birth each child, today it may be restricted to the first born. Certain sites list that this ritual is similar to the "baby shower" performed in the west however, it is different in intention.

The word "Seemantham" refers to parting the hair just above the eyebrow where the Goddess of Wealth, Sri Mahalakshmi, resides. This leads to the practice of applying kumkum to the parting in order to propitiate the Goddess Sri Lakshmi such that when a woman delivers a child, she is considered the embodiment of the Goddess Lakshmi herself.

From the day of formation in its mother's womb, a child grows in different stages, each with a stipulated time frame. Accordingly, although brain formation takes much earlier, memory cells are said to start activating on the completion of seven months of pregnancy. Thereafter, the unborn child can record sounds and vibrations from its surroundings.

Vedic tradition calls for the recitals of relics and verses known as Udhagasanthi or Uthakashanthi Japam in a soft but powerful mantra recital that lasts for about an hour and a half. On completion of this japam (recitals), the pregnant woman is bathed in cold holy water, without the addition of any warm or hot water. This takes place even late in the evening, whereupon the child in the womb shakes and jerks from the stimulation of the cold water. The specific function of japam is to give a solid state of mind in preparation for the child's birth through a positive vibration from the recited mantras that provide sufficient strength to the child in the womb, and create an atmosphere conducive to the earthly possessives on his or her birth




Shastiabtha Poorthi (60th Birthday)


Shasti Poorthi is celebrated on completion of 60 years of age of the male. This term is derived from Sanskrit in which Shashti means sixty; abda–year; poorthi-completion. It marks completion of half the years of one's lifetime as inHinduism, 120 years is considered the life span of a human being. The sixtieth year in one’s life is a significant milestone, memorable turning point, a touching reminder of the rich, mellowed life that would unfold in the years to come. In fact, the Hindu calendar has 60 years (named Prabhava, Vibhava, etc.) that repeat themselves after every 60 years in a sequence.

The Shastipoorthi Shanti should be performed in the sixty first year and in the same month and day of birth according to the Indian Zodiac. This is considered to be the best option. In case it is not possible to time it exactly on the same day, allowance is given to perform it on a convenient day during and before the completion of sixtieth year.

The choice of the place to carry out this tradition could be a pilgrim town, a temple, a river bank or even one's residence. As part of the celebrations the couple's children perform their parents' second wedding. This is reason for a grand family reunion to incorporate an important event in the couple's married life.

Place :Home / Marriage Hall
Time : Morning

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Bhima Ratha Shanthi (70th Birthday)


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Sathabhishekam (100th Birthday)


Note : If there is no fee mentioned for any of the homam, the customer needs to pay Rs.500/- for consulting our vedic guru's . The Vedic Guru understand your requirement and explain about each process , cost and its significance. If you are happy with the consultation, the amount Rs.500/- will be adjusted while booking otherwise Rs.250/- will be returned immediately