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Like a beautifully choreographed symphony of rituals and emotions, a Telugu wedding never fails to portray glimpses of meaningful traditions. Let’s take you step by step through this beautiful journey of Wedding rituals, as two hearts and families come together and unite to celebrate a couple’s celebration and commitment to love, the magic of a Telugu wedding. 


Groom’s attire

The groom is typically attired in a white or cream-colored dhoti known as Vesht, complemented by a silk angavastram elegantly draped across his shoulders. A kurta or shirt is commonly worn on the upper body, embodying a blend of tradition and contemporary style. The groom’s head is adorned with a headpiece called Peta. 

Bride’s attire

Conversely, the bride wears a stunning Kanjeevaram silk saree adorned with intricate designs and rich borders, often accompanied by a beautifully crafted blouse. Her hair is adorned with traditional jewelry and flowers.  

Pre-wedding ceremonies


Picking out rings for your significant other, taking the plunge, all just to see your partner’s finger adorned with a beautiful reminder of your bondage, the engagement or ring exchange ceremony, is traditionally known as Nichayathartham. This ceremony brings together two souls wanting to spend their lives with each other for a brief exchange of rings and to set a date to seal the deal. This date is set, keeping in mind all dates to avoid, as it is deemed inauspicious, such as Aashadham, Bhadrapadam, and Shunya masam. 


Pellikuturu and Pellikoduku

Pellikuturu and Pellikoduku,  rituals mainly involving flour, turmeric, and aromatic oils are made into a paste which is known as Naluga and is applied to both the bride and groom at their respective homes.


Pellikoduku, a ceremony that commences with the enna nalangu, where the groom undergoes purification by the application of turmeric paste and oil, symbolizing a cleansing ritual. Subsequently, a sieve is used to pour water over the groom during a bath, following which he is attired in fresh garments. Throughout this process, a best man accompanies the groom.


Post-bath, the groom is seated and adorned in his new attire. Women present grind turmeric on a stone, molding it into the shape of Lord Ganesha. Following this, offerings are presented to the idol. All attendees, including guests and relatives, then extend their blessings to the groom and present gifts in a display of joyous celebration.


The bride undergoes a ceremonial anointment with turmeric and oil, accompanied by the adornment of bangles. Subsequently, she is attired in new garments and bedecked with fresh flowers, symbolizing her official declaration as a bride. This ritual is replicated at the bride’s residence as well.

Mangala Snanam and Snakatham

A dip in a warm ceremonial bath, the Mangala Snanam leads to the sound of crisp drapes, the first set of clothes being worn by the bride and groom for the onset of festivities. The Groom initiates it by performing the Snakatham, it’s a metaphorical ceremony that signifies the completion of a lad’s education which is symbolized by taking a holy bath and the donning of a sacred silver thread around his upper body. This symbolic transformation ushers him into the embrace of Grihasta, or the martial/household phase. 

Main-day Wedding Rituals

Kashi Yatra

An ancient depiction of a story is added to the rituals, Kashi Yatra, a playful yet significant ritual in Telugu weddings, paints a charming picture of the groom’s journey. Symbolically stepping out with a walking stick and umbrella, he pretends to leave for the city of Kashi. The bride’s father intervenes, urging the groom to choose the path of marriage instead. This delightful tradition underscores the groom’s readiness to embrace his role as a loving partner in matrimony.

Ganesh and Gauri Puja

Kashi Yatra is followed by Ganesh Puja, a ceremony performed by the groom who pursues prayers for a happy and prosperous life. A similar setting gives way to Gauri Puja, as the bride takes center stage in the graceful act of Gauri Puja. Adorned with significance, this ceremony is a heartfelt plea for blessings from the Gauri idol—a symbol of fertility and motherhood. Together, these rituals form a beautiful sequence of seeking divine favor and marking the path toward a joyful and abundant future together. 


 Wedding bells ring in stripes of gold and white, and the fragrance of incense envelops the surroundings. In the quiet moments before the ceremony, the bride and groom share a palpable sense of trepidation, the butterflies of a new beginning fluttering within them. Their attire awaits them, its drapes meticulously pressed to adorn the bride and groom.

Bride’s entry and Kanyadaan

The main day dawns upon the bride and groom and the festivities take off, the bride gracefully enters the ceremonial space seated on a straw basket, a tradition of lovingly being carried by her maternal uncles. Telugu weddings add an element of intrigue that lingers as rituals artfully build anticipation by not letting the bride and groom steal glances at each other before Jeelakarra-Bellam. The bride is seated in front of the groom with a veil or terasala between them. After washing the groom’s feet, kanyadaan is performed by the bride’s parents, and her hand is offered to the groom. In exchange, the bride is promised to be loved, respected, and protected.


Following this, the big moment arrives, Jeelakarra-Bellam,  a ceremony based on a paste made from cumin and jaggery, a delicate fusion of flavors being the product, mirroring the intricate balance of bitter and sweet moments arising in the couple’s life. At a meticulously chosen moment, this symbolic mixture finds its place within the palms of the couple. As the veil is lifted, the couple places this mixture on each other’s heads as a symbol of promise to always stick together. 


The thali, stringed to a thread adorned with turmeric, finds its way to the Mangalsutra ceremony, which takes center stage. This thali, on a coconut, journeys through the hands of family members, collecting their blessings. Amid this ritual, the bride and groom approach, draped in white, with red and yellow borders. The groom approaches the bride to tie that thali around her neck, sealing their matrimony by carefully tying three knots. These three knots symbolize vows—promises of purity woven through Manasa, Vacha, and Karamana. The nadaswara or musical troupe plays a specific tune as this ceremony takes place.

Talambralu and Pradhanam

A few ceremonies at a Telugu wedding never fail to infuse a tinge of excitement for the bride and groom. The Talambralu and Pradhanam ceremonies bring fun in between emotion-heavy ceremonies. The Talambralu provides an occasion for the couple to explore the fun side of their relationship by providing an occasion to shower each other with pearls or colored rice. This tradition also lets families dive into the fun and participate. The Pradhanam follows, which is a ceremony with a pot of milk and rose petals, with a submerged gold ring, eagerly awaiting discovery. The bride and groom plunge their hands into it, embarking on a search for their golden treasure. It is a fun belief that whoever wins this game has an upper hand in the marriage!

Kanyadaan Akshata and Saptapadi

In the heart of these ceremonies, is the Kanyadaan Akshata—a graceful exchange of garlands, where jaimalas are exchanged, marking their acceptance of each other, and a promise is sealed. The seven steps or pheras made by the bride and groom, signifying seven vows- themes of nourishment, unity, shared experiences of joy and sorrow, prosperity, strength, respect for parents, and a commitment to eternal friendship—pave the way for a journey of unwavering devotion and lifelong companionship.

Arundhati Nakshtra

Man and wife are now taken to gaze upon the Arundhati and Vashishta Nakshatras, which represent an ideal marriage. This Nakshatra is from the Saptarshi Mandal. They were a dotted married couple, symbolizing marital fulfillment and honesty, as these stars revolve around each other, unlike other twin stars where one star revolves around the other.   


The groom slips a silver toe ring onto the bride’s feet as Arundhati and Vashistha’s luminous bond becomes a guiding light for their sacred voyage as man and wife.

Post- wedding ceremonies


Gruha Pravesh is performed by the mother-in-law to welcome the new bride into the house with an Aarti. The house’s threshold becomes a portal to her new beginning. Guided by tradition, the bride takes her first step, her right foot leading the way. With this stride, she embodies the spirit of Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and abundance. As she crosses the threshold, she gently kicks a pot full of rice into the house to symbolize the prosperity that she brings along with her.

Satyanarayana Puja

Satyanarayana Puja is another ritual followed to seek blessing from Satyanarayana Swamy, to pray for protection against any quarrels between the couple, and to pray for a smooth marital life. 


Overall, the rituals performed at Telugu weddings never fall short of a holistic approach to a wedding. Two souls, once strangers, now stand united in a story woven with threads of love, commitment, and shared dreams. Each ritual, a brushstroke of culture and heritage, has painted their journey with hues of meaning and depth. From the playful moments of Talambralu to the solemn promises of the seven steps, each ceremony imprints a memory, and each tradition reinforces a bond.


And so, as blessings resonate through the air, and families embrace in shared joy, woven an intricate forever story.

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