Nichyatartham is engagement ceremony is to fix the date of the marriage. It may be done either in the groom’s place or in the Bride’s place and any decision is taken only after the important members are convinced about the proceedings. The customs are well scrutinized and is aimed at getting the choicest blessings from the gods and deriving the well wishes of all near and dear ones. Marriage is not only a ceremony between two individuals but also two families. Engagement ceremony helps bride and groom to understand each other’s family well. As this would be the first ceremony before marriage,
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.Nichyatartham is performed before the marriage in any auspicious month that confirms with the auspicious alignments of the couple’s horoscope.
On the "medai" or raised platform, both families sit opposite to each other and the "lagnapatrika," 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.
Vedic professonals will fix the muhurtham (Auspicious date and time) and send our priest to conduct this vedic ceremony.
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