Thursday, October 13, 2011

Indian Wedding - The ceremony 1

As the continuation of the Baraat and the mandap at my nephew's wedding, this post is all about the actual Hindu wedding ceremony. 

Here comes the bride! Megan, beautifully dressed in her bridal attire is led to the Mandap by none other than her proud father.

The Jillakara Bellam ceremony is a traditional Andhra Pradesh (Andhra Pradesh being a state in India) wedding ritual. The actual marriage is considered to have commenced at this auspicious moment. Jillakara(cumin seeds) and Bellam (brown sugar) are mixed together to form a paste. The idea of the whole ceremony is that when these two ingredients are mixed together, they forge an amazingly strong bond. Once mixed, it is impossible to separate the two ingredients, signifying that the Sree and Megan will have strength in their marriage. This paste is then put on each other's heads at the same moment while taking an oath that they will be together not matter what circumstance they encounter.

So in love!

Here the bride and groom are presented with new white clothes for  the continuation of the ceremony. They will be changing into the new attire for the rest of the ceremony

Ceremony continues...

For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes), please check out my book, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen, at my website

I am joining  Show and Tell, French Country Cottage, TheCharm of Home, At the Picket Fence and Common Ground.


  1. What a beautiful wedding ceremony. I love the colors of the ceremony. Megan looks gorgeous. I can't wait to hear about the wonderful food that was served.


  2. Looks just wonderful,
    Best greetings, Johanna

  3. Very interesting post (and the others). Love the colours - the photographs are great.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  4. Gorgeous, lush colors. The traditional wedding ceremonial dress is just beautiful. I love learning the customs, like mixing the cumin with brown sugar. Yes, I am waiting to see the food that will be served.

  5. Hey Komali are you from Andhra. That was a surprise to see a typical Andhra wedding unfolding. Can't wait to see the next part.

  6. Yes, Shanthi. I am from Andhra Pradesh. Enjoy your son's Dhothi function.

  7. What a beautiful wedding ! Thank you for joining me for the HSH Fall Open House!

  8. hi i wolud like to appriciate your above post that was such a awosome one thanks
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