Tamil Vanniyar Kshatriyar caste weddings have many interesting rituals that enhance the festive spirit of the entire audience. The weddings follow the age-old traditions strictly to obtain priceless blessings for the newly wedded couple. At the same time, these rituals ensure the lively participation of family members and promise enjoyment for the remaining guests. Among the wedding rituals, the Ammi Midithal and Arundathi Paarthal are considered prominent.
What is Ammi Midhithal Ritual in Tamil Vanniyar Kula Kshatriyar Weddings?
Upon completion of the thali tying ceremony, the bride and groom take three turns around the Holy Agni and the Milk post. The bride's brother has the responsibility of taking the couple around the dais thrice. When the second round is over, the bridegroom places the bride's foot on a grindstone called as Ammi kallu in Tamil. He then lovingly places a toe ring - Metti, on her second toe.
The procedure is repeated for the other foot as well. They go around the dais once more and then it is the turn of the bridegroom to tread the grinding stone. The bride's brother places a toe ring called Minchi on his new brother-in-law's foot. This shows that he is giving his sister wholeheartedly into the safe protection of her husband. It also marks the beginning of strong bonding between the two important men in the bride's life. The bridegroom offers a rupee and betel leaves to the bride's brother as a token of appreciation.
Why Arundhathi Paarthal Ritual in Tamil Vanniyar Kula Kshatriyar Weddings?
After this ceremony, the chief priest takes the couple in the direction of the Arundhati natchathiram - the Alcor star and points it out to them. It is believed that Arundathi is the loyal and devoted wife of Sage Vasista. The new couple prays to the Arundathi star to bless them with happiness and devotion to each other.
It is indeed encouraging to see the new generation follow traditional beliefs and uphold all the virtuous teachings of their beloved ancestors.