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Telugu weddings, also known as Teluginti Pelli, are renowned for its customs and rituals from the past. The rituals used to last more than 16 days in the past. However, nowadays, depending on the families' financial situation, the rituals could last anywhere from three to five days. These rituals are strikingly similar to Tamil-style Hindu weddings. Depending on the locale, the wedding food may be vegetarian or not vegetarian.

Preliminary wedding rituals

Nischitartham:

This ceremony serves as a substitute for the engagement celebration by formally announcing the wedding date. To formally confirm the dates, the families also exchange clothing, presents, and treats.

Pellikuthuru:

This ceremony is also held in the couples' respective houses, just as the Haldi ceremony done in the northern Indian states. The bride and groom must apply oil and turmeric to their faces as part of the ceremony before taking a cleaning bath.

Snatakam:

This is a sacred ceremony done at the home of the bridegroom. After taking a cleansing bath, the groom dons the holy silver thread to show that he is prepared for marriage.

Kashi Yatra:

This is a ceremony in which the groom states he is not interested in marriage and pretends to leave for Kashi on a pilgrimage. The groom is then stopped by the father of the bride, who proposes marriage for his daughter.

Marriage Day

On the morning of the wedding, there is a ritual bath called Mangala Snaanam that takes place in the houses of the bride and the groom, respectively.

Before the wedding, the bride and groom offer blessings to Gauri and Ganesha, respectively. In certain societies, the bride arrives at the ceremony in a customary basket that her uncles are carrying.

Jeelakarra-Bellamu:

The bride and groom sit across a curtain while applying paste made of jeera and jaggery to one another.

Kanyadaan:

This ceremonial event marks the official handover of the bride's daughter to the groom by the bride's father.

The groom then ties the mangalsutra around the bride's neck, knotting it three times to symbolise their strong relationship in all spheres, and progressively lowers the curtain between them.

Saptapadi:

The pair then circles the sacred fire while reciting the priest's mantras.

This final rite officially seals their marriage, according to the Sthaalipaakam. Along with a necklace made of gold and black beads, the groom places a silver toe ring on the bride's second toes. Following this ritual, the bride leaves her own family behind and joins the family of the groom.

After-wedding rituals

Griha Pravesh: Aarti and pooja are performed to welcome the bride into the groom's family. With her right foot, the bride enters her new house.