Kerala Nair Matrimony is like any other marriage in India. It is very simple and there are various rituals that are to be followed.
Kerala Nair Matrimony begins with horoscope matching. Once the horoscopes are matched, the boy and his parents come to bride’s home to see the girl officially. This ceremony is known a pennu kanal. It can be simple or a big celebration. The girl’s parents also go to boy’s home to see their home and know more about the family of the boy. This is known as veedu kanal.
Once both the families are agreed, the marriage date will be officially announced in the presence of all near and dear ones. This is known as vivaha nischayam. In some places rings are also exchanged during this function. This function can also be a simple one or a grand one.
A day before wedding elders of both the bride and groom gather at their respective places to bless the bride and groom. This custom is known as avana. Dinner is also arranged at respective places. Kerala Nair Matrimony has a new practice of mehandi that is followed.
Namaskaram means blessing of elders. Elders bless the bride while she touches their feet. On the wedding day, the elders take the thali(mangalsutra) to temple to get blessed. This thali is tied around the bride’s neck by the groom on the wedding day.
Wedding ceremony is arranged at bride’s place, and groom and his family and relatives come to the bride’s’s place. They are provided grand welcome. The bride’s brother washes the groom’s feet. The groom takes his place at the mandap and then bride also comes and takes her place facing the east. At auspicious moment the groom ties the thali around the bride’s neck. This is known as thalikettu and pudavakodukkal. Then both of them exchange garlands. The bride’s father then places her daughter’s hand in the groom’s hand. This is known as kanyadan. After this they take 3 rounds around the fire.
After this the newly wed couple will get blessings and gifts from their relatives and family members. A grand feast will also be served, known as sadhya.