Tuesday, October 14, 2008

12. Dampathi Muhurtha

Combined Muhurtha for the bride and groom

The bride and groom are seated together under the canopy for the 'Dampathi Muhurtha'. The groom is seated first, to the bride's right. All the rituals observed here are identical to the ones observed in the earlier separate 'muhurthas' (you know, this is where guests come over and hand over their generous gifts, money and useless casseroles). After the 'Dampathi Muhurtha' is over, the groom showers rice on the bride's head, offers her milk in the 'kindi' and gives her the 'cheela pana' (a small bag made from red silk containing at least one gold, one silver and one copper coin) (and there better be more considering this bride needs to survive inflationary conditions in an emerging economy). This signifies that he is sharing his wealth with his bride (who is now giddy with glee – what is his is hers and what is hers is hers it seems). The couple then exchanges garlands.

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