Tambram! The acronym of Tamil Brahmin! One of the most happening communities of South India is always renowned for their style and tradition. Fun! Food! And frolic is filled in all the events they celebrate, and everything with the touch of tradition, and convention. They are not only known for filter coffee, curd rice, and Hindu paper, they are also identified as one of the communities with bundles of celebrations which are even followed in these modern days. The pomp, the opulence at every festival they celebrate is highly rejoiced by all the participants.
Power of Chennai:
Chennai is iconic, as a lot of people have migrated and settled, have a good number of brahmin population with a lot of brahmin marriage halls in Chennai. Among the suitable places for the celebrations, the Hotel Pandian hall in Egmore is highly favorable, as they have conducted several Iyer weddings and Iyengar weddings. Over the past few decades, a lot of festivals have been conducted, where they have various halls to fit all the occasions. They have four halls namely, Vasantham, Santham, Rajam, Subam. They also arrange catering, incase if the caterers are arranged from outside, or from the client’s side, they give the space, and also complete support to cook and serve.
Tamil Brahmin Wedding celebrations:
Marriage functions take a special place in the community, and Tamil Brahmin Wedding Rituals are appreciated by people all over the world. When the celebrations like Mehandi and Sangeeth are introduced in today’s wedding across all Tamil people, the celebrations like Oonjal, Nalaungu, and Kasi Yathra are still stand alone and reverberate the rich customs which were celebrated thousands of years ago. A plethora of celebrations for four days takes place in a typical Brahmin wedding. During the “Oonjal ceremony”, both the couples would be made to sit on the swing, and sweetened milk is fed to them. Then, Two sets of bright-colored rice balls, one in yellow and another one in bright orange, just in the size of golf balls, are prepared in plenty. Ladies from both Groom’s side and the bride’s side would spin the ball on both clockwise and anti-clockwise direction.
In one of the celebrations, both the bride and the Groom would be lifted, and are made to exchange garlands. It would be almost like a mini tug-of-war in a lighter sense, where the bride’s side and the groom’s side would ensure that they lift and separate them away from the brides and grooms as far as they can so that it would be challenging to exchange the garlands between them. The celebration of Kashi Yatra is iconic. The Groom would procrastinate the wedding by saying that he wants to go to Kashi, so the bride’s side would cajole him, and request to marry the bride. Certainly, a typical wedding would be incomplete without food. Feasts on all four days would be filled with delicacies, and the plantain leaf would be filled with varieties. A traditional brahmin engagement just takes an evening, where it is more like an agreement before the wedding. Important people from both the side participate and try to mingle with each other.
One of the important festivals for Brahmin boys is the thread ceremony or called “Upanayanam/Poonal function” It would be celebrated as the boys would be ready to start learning Vedas. Banquets and a wider variety of special cuisine would certainly pamper the taste buds. Any people would prefer to perform this ceremony in a marriage hall to accommodate a lot of people.
When the child turns one year, Ayush Homam is performed along with ear piercing. Homam or the fire lab is performed to invoke the blessings of the Ayur devata, the deity of energy. This is believed to have positive effects on the child about longevity and prosperity.
It is performed when the man completes 60 years and the couple gets married again. It is an important milestone of one’s life and is celebrated to pay gratitude for the Lord for bestowing a life filled with all ups and downs. Many children do this to their parents and enjoy all with their families and friends.
Bhima Ratha Shanthi:
is celebrated when a person completes 70 years when the Janma nakshatra coincides with Janma month. Ayul Shanthi Homam is performed to enhance the longevity of the person. When there is an illness, the prayers, the meditation, and the positive vibration would enhance the positive aura.
When a person completes 80 years, ‘Sathabhishekam Ceremony’ is celebrated. This is initiated by the children, to commemorate the successful life of their parents. During this festival, the elderly couple would bless the people to have a positive and happy life.
Celebrations are the anchors of tradition and spread happiness. They are the reflection of the people’s life and paves a way to have an active social life. Leading wedding halls, and party halls like Hotel Pandian have gained a reputation to be the best brahmin marriage halls, and thread ceremony halls in Chennai. Overall, the ambiance should support the celebrations, as it is always the memories which make the festival fulfilled. Not only the time, but the place should also be auspicious, where the recipient in all the celebration gains the blessings and wishes from everyone.