Nichayathartham or Engagement is a ceremony prior to marriage where the groom and the bride commits themselves with each other.
‘There is only one happiness in life, To Love and Be Loved’. It is always special to know that you reached a stage in life where your happiness, sadness, strength, fear etc is of someone else too! Nichayathartham or Engagement marks the coming together of the bride and the groom’s family , led by their respective elders where they commit to each other about the wedlock they are about to enter.
Depending upon the families the traditions followed in the ceremony varies. The engagement ceremony for the Tamil Brahmins (Iyers and Iyengars) basically follow the same rituals and customs but there are slight variations. For instance, the engagement ceremony in the case of the Iyers takes place in the groom’s residence whereas the Iyengars follow the custom of hosting it in the bride’s home. A ‘Vadhiyar’ (Brahmin priest) writes the ‘lagna patrika’ specifiying the date, time and venue of the marriage and this serves as a sort of commitment for both families. The bride’s family brings fruits and sweetmeats and the groom’s people in turn serve their family members snacks and dinner. As a usual custom, a pooja is done on the ceremony. After that the bride and groom exchange their rings and seek blessings of elder. Our pandits will make your precious day more auspicious and sacred by invoking the blessings of God. Engagement ceremony is not just about exchanging rings, but also exchanging Expectations and Promises! So avail our service and make yourself ready for a happy future life!
Sri Gayathri Ashram INC Services – WHAT WE DO !
At Gayathri Ashram all Homams and Poojas are done through most learned priests from very highly “Veda Pada Salai” (Veda School to Teach Vedas and Mantras). The Priests are very highly knowledgeable to cast the right mantras with right pronunciation of the mantra formulas. These priests are masters and have performed the Homams and Poojas for generations. Hindu priests are very special persons. They have to not only care for their body by being a vegetarian, bathing rituals and other purification rites, but they must take good care of their mind and emotions, too. Anger is a no for a priest, so are worry and worldly concerns.
We will send you our professional Purohit / Pundit trained in Hindu Vedic Paatasala to conduct the Homam/pooja at Devotees given location (home, office, temple etc.) and time (Sri Gayathri Ashram Pundit Ji will fix the date & time according to the Devotees Nakshatra (Star) on an auspicious date).
It is performed before the marriage in any auspicious month that confirms with the auspicious alignments of the couple’s horoscope.
PURPOSE & BENEFITS:
It forms a very special occasion in the ceremonies conducted in a traditional marriage because it graces the occasion by endorsing their commitment towards starting a new family. It may be done either in the groom’s place or in the Bride’s place and any decision is taken only after the important members are convinced about the proceedings. .The main purpose of the engagement ceremony is to fix the date of marriage. It is an indispensable practice which adds impetus to any marriage .The customs are well scrutinized and is aimed at getting the choicest blessings from the gods and deriving the well wishes of all near and dear ones. Marriage is not only a ceremony between two individuals but also two families. Engagement ceremony helps bride and groom to understand each other’s family well. As this would be the first ceremony before marriage, it gives chance to everyone to discuss about the nearing marriage. It strengthens the relationship between two families. The engagement rituals have intense significance in forming a special bond between the would-be couple. By doing this they actually promise each other to perform their responsibility and shower affection during every thick and thin of life.
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