Kerala's Nair community observes the barest of wedding traditions. The bride's home is where the wedding is held. Instead of a gold necklace, the groom ties the thali or mangalsoothra with a thick yellow thread. After four days, the bride can convert the thali into a gold necklace. The bride and groom are permitted to stay at the bride's house, unlike other cultures.
The following are the rituals performed at the Kerala Nair weddings:
Muhurtam: This is the first ritual performed in the Kerala Nair wedding, where the astrologer compares the Kundlis of the bride and groom in this ceremony to determine whether a match is possible or not. A Muhurtham is set as the wedding day if the Kundlis match.
Nischayam: When the horoscope is in alignment, the families set a date for the wedding. The Nischayam ceremony is held to commemorate the happy marriage announcement. A traditional engagement ceremony, sometimes referred to as the ring ceremony or Mothiram Maatal, heralds the happy beginning of the bride and groom's union. Following the ring exchange, families also exchange gifts, including bridal jewelry.
Aashirwadam: Close family and friends gather at the bride's home the day before the wedding to enjoy a magnificent feast. The bride will be elegantly attired and accessorized with gold. At the ritual, the bride requests for blessings from everyone, especially the elders. Such a celebration will also be held at the home of the groom.
Mehendi Ritual: At Kerala Nair wedding celebrations, the bride's aunts draw attractive patterns on her hands and feet in contrast to the usual Mehendi function, where henna experts are sent in to apply scintillating designs.
Welcome the groom: Bride's family greets the groom and his family as they arrive at the location. The bride's brother welcomes the groom inside and washes his feet.
Tying the Wedding Knot: One of the main customs observed during Hindu weddings is this. The bride's neck is draped with a thali, or wedding thread, signifying her marital status. The Thali is presented by the groom's father. The rite is performed at the venue's adorned pavilion. The procedure is now complete, and the couple exchanges garlands. The groom is then given the Manthrakoti which is a bridal dress, which he presents to the bride, the groom's father.
Kanyadaan: The emotional connection between the father and daughter is symbolized by this rite. The bride's father placed her hands in the groom's hands. And at this time, the groom makes a lifetime commitment to care for his daughter with the utmost compassion, love, and tenderness. The elders will bless the couple following the ritual.
Sadhya: After everything has concluded, it's time for Sadhya, a sumptuous and protracted customary feast. The Nair marriage ceremonies include the serving of this substantial lunch. It comprises various courses, including different kinds of rice, pickles, curry, and desserts, all served on a plantain leaf.
Grihapravesh: The ritual begins when the couple arrives at the groom's residence from the wedding venue. The bride is given a ceremonial lamp by the senior member of the groom's family before she enters the home. The practice is regarded as an auspicious event for Hindu weddings in Kerala.
Reception: After the pair arrives at the groom's home, a lavish reception is given there. On this joyous occasion, the couple will receive gifts from their close friends and family. While enjoying a large selection of delectable and tasty treats, the couple, their family, and friends will have a great day.