Couples go through various ups and downs, but their ability to go through the hardship holding each other’s hand makes them the best couple ever. One of the beautiful cultures that tie two people with graceful rituals or traditions is the Telugu culture.
About The Telugu Culture
Telugu culture is known for its religion, arts, literature, cuisine, architecture, attire, and philosophy. Telugus belong to the Hindu religion; however, some of the Telugus have willingly chosen to follow the Christian religion. Kuchipudi – the elegant, classical dance form originated from Anadhra Pradesh, and belongs to Telugus. Telugu has been rich in its literary culture which consists of poems, dramas, novels and puranas.
Telugu cuisine is famous for its hot, spicy and finger-licking taste. Telugus use a wide variety of spices in their food such as ginger, garlic, turmeric, green chilies, red chilies, onion and lemon. Men usually dress in shirt and lungi, whereas women usually wear sari. Some of the festivals celebrated by Telugus are: Rama Navami, Ugadi (Telugu New Year), Durga Ashtami, Navratri, Dussehra and Deepavali.
The Telugu Marriage Culture
The customs in Telugu Matrimony resemble the Tamil and other Hindu marriage customs. First, the families of the bride and the groom meet and come up with an auspicious day (Muhurtam) for wedding. Pendlikoothuru ritual is performed where the bride is first given an auspicious bath; and then oil and turmeric is applied on her skin. This gives her an admiring look. Telugus perform Kasi Yatra – during this, the groom pretends that he does not want to marry and is going to kasi, but the bride’s brother or father tries to persuade him to get married with the bride-to-be. The worship of Ganesh and Gowri is performed by the couple to seek blessings from them.
A curtain is hung between the couple while the priest recites the mantras at mandap. After this, the bride’s father performs Kanyadaan (the donation of the daughter). After the curtain is removed, the groom ties a Mangla Sutra around the bride’s neck. Following this, the couple takes seven vows by taking seven rounds around the fire. This is called Saptapadi.
After the above ceremonies, the bride leaves her parent’s house with the groom. When the bride enters her in-laws’ house for the first time, a ceremony called Grihaparvesh is performed by the mother-in-law.
Telugu marriages are very pleasant and involve fun and naughtiness of Kasi Yatra. One of the great features of the Telugu culture is its vision of sheer respect towards the bride. Telugus strictly follow the pre, mid and the post rituals of the wedding to relish their wedding rituals and tradition.