Kannada Rituals

Kannada Wedding Rituals, Ceremony and Vidhi

  1. Kannada Weddings are performed with high traditional values and a blend of simple and magnificent rituals.
  2. Once the Wedding is decided upon the boy’s parents go to the bride’s home and give her a sari, blouse piece, coconut and fruits while the girl’s parents give the boy a dhoti, coconut and fruits.
  3. There is a ceremony named ‘Nandi’ which is performed. The first invitation card is offered to God and a Puja is performed.
  4. At the Home of both, the Bride & Groom a Havan is performed on the day of the marriage.
  5. In a typical Kannada marriage ceremony, the bride wears Navari sari and green glass bangles along with traditional gold jewelry. The bridegroom wears a dhoti, angavastram and a pheta, a turban. In his right hand he holds a stick which has been sanctified in a holy place.
  6. Groom after bowing down to the Gods and the elders departs for the Wedding venue.
  7. The married women from the bride’s side perform an Aarti of the Groom and then lead the bridegroom inside the marriage hall.
  8. A playful custom with the groom pretending to get angry as nobody is searching for a bride for him and threatens to go to Kashi on a pilgrimage. He carries a walking stick, an umbrella, a fan, a coconut, a small packet of rice and dal, and a dhoti. This is when his maternal uncle convinces him and puts forth him the girl that he has chosen for him.
  9. Then, the Mandap Puja is performed.
  10. Mandap Puja is followed by Var-Puja. The Bride’s parents honor the Groom by washing his feet and offer him a silk dhoti and pitambar, which are to be worn by him.
  11. In the Kannada wedding, the bride is escorted to the Mandap by her uncles.
  12. No one is allowed to see the bride’s face. So, her sister shields her face with a fan of peacock feathers.
  13. Then once she reaches the Mandap and stands opposite to the Groom with a White cloth separating them.
  14. For the recitation of the marriage mantras (Mangalashtam), the bride and the groom take standing positions. The cloth is removed, and the bride and groom garland each other amidst the chanting of mantras.
  15. In Dhare Herdu, the bride’s father gives away the bride to the groom. He takes the groom’s hand and places it on the bride’s hand. Then, her father ceremonially pours water into the groom’s hands (called dhara), signifying that she is now his.
  16. Corn/rice is then put into the Havan five times.
  17. The groom’s angavastram and the bride’s pallav are tied with a nuptial knot. The bride follows the groom’s footsteps seven times around the holy fire (saptapadi). 3
  18. Five married women tie the mangalsutra or the holy thread while the bridegroom holds it around the neck of the bride.
  19. The couple then bows before the elders, and visits the temple for blessings.
  20. Vidai ceremony and Puja.