A south Indian/north Indian wedding....

November 27, 2008

The daughter of a friend of mine,who is Tamizh, married a Punjabi young man in a ceremony which lasted from Sunday through Monday.

Here she is…I leave it to you to decide if you have seen a more beautiful bride…

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Here are the bride's hands... hands of the bride 241108 Here are her feet: feet of the bride divya gaurav 241108 The ceremony incorporated both north Indian and south Indian rituals, and to me, it was a wise and mature amalgamation where both families were satisfied. Typical of my friend G I... Here's the bride in her south Indian bridal attire: south indian bridal attire 241108 divya gaurav Later, in her north Indian bridal finery: 241108 north indian bridal attire divya gaurav 241108 The couple in the south Indian "oonjal" or swing ceremony: oonjal ceremony 241108 The sacred fire of the hOmam, which is the ultimate witness (agni sAkshi) to the wedding: hOmam...sacred fire 241108 The groom, quite literally, accepts the bride's hand in marriage (pANi grahaNam): her hand in marriage...241108 divya gaurav He then ties the mAngalyam or the thAli around her neck in the south Indian rite: mAngalya dhAraNam 241108 divya gaurav

They then complete the ceremony of the sAth phErAs (saptha padi) in the north Indian style, with the lAja hOmam, where the bride’s brother gives them puffed rice to offer to the fire, and they circumabulate the fire seven times, taking various marriage vows:

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The wedding must have been a major handling of logistics, different cultures, customs and rituals, and family expectations and emotions…everything was handled so well, and with consummate skill!

Here’s wishing D and G a long and happy married life! They live in the USA, and the parents in Kuwait..truly an international wedding!