Chikmagalur is a tranquil town situated at the foothills of the Mullayanagiri Peak. Bordered by Tunga and Bhadra rivers which are the lifeline for the lush coffee plantations. This town is culturally rich and its traditions have stayed in place since the time immemorial. During the 10th century, the Hoysalas of Dwarasamudra built many temples and began several religious practices. South-Indian weddings were events filled with great pomp and folklore. They strengthened the relationship between neighbouring kingdoms and improved their respective influences on each other.
Veera Ballala ll, the greatest of the Hoysala emperors married Cholamahadevi of the Chola Kingdom who ruled the Tamil region. Somaladevi, the daughter of Veera Ballala got married to the Chola Monarch Koluthunga Chola lll. This marriage only worked to bolster the bond between the two southern powers.
Traditions of An Indian Wedding
Pre- Wedding Rituals
India is home to many deep-seated traditions across various religions. Some of the common pre-wedding rituals include engagement and the exchanging of rings. We at the Serai Chikmagalur provide the perfect backdrop for all your pre-wedding ceremonies. In this ritual the bride and groom exchange rings. The two families also exchange gifts and greetings. This ritual is common among a majority of religions in India. .
The mandap is the altar where the wedding takes place. The priest who is in charge of conducting the ceremony reads out verses from the holy scriptures. This practice purifies the venue and ensures that the event happens without any hiccups.
Jaimala is a tradition where the bride’s face is covered with a fan made of peacock feathers. A curtain is then placed between the bride and the groom at the beginning of the ritual. The curtain is then drawn as the priest begins reciting the mantras. The bride and the groom then exchange garlands as part of the wedding rituals.
Saptapadi is a tradition like the Saath Phere in North India. In this practice, the end of the bride’s saree is tied to the end of the groom’s scarf after which they circle the sacred fires. Each round around the fire signifies a particular vow. This ritual strengthens the bond between the bride and the groom.
The Wedding Vows
Wedding vows are a fundamental part of Christian weddings across the country. Traditionally, the bride and the groom write their own vows and they are recited by the priest to which the bride and groom acknowledge with an “I do”. The bride and groom have to hold the right hand of each other while reading the vows. The vows depict the bride and groom to love, respect and care for each other throughout their lives.
The Exchange of 'I dos'
Once the wedding vows are exchanged, the priest asks both the bride and groom for their consent to marriage in front of the guests who are the witnesses to the marriage. This is when the couple says ‘I do’ as a commitment to each other.
The Nikah is the main wedding ceremony that is practised by Muslims across the country. In this ceremony, the couple is seated next to each other at the altar along with the priest. The priest reads out a few verses from the Holy Quran, following which the bride and groom to agree to the marriage and sign the binding agreement.
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People these days prefer to keep their weddings intimate and invite only a few guests. This has given rise to the concept of micro weddings, where the number of guests are limited to 30-50 people. Micro weddings still honour the timeless traditions that are a part of an Indian wedding but they do it on a much smaller scale. The Serai Chikmagalur has all the requirements to help you cherish your big day for a long, long time.