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Kannada Matrimony Traditions That You Need to Know

We know that the state of Karnataka has a diversified population that includes people from all origins and religions. Despite having a predominantly Hindu population, Karnataka also has a sizable Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, and Jain communities. Unlike other Hindu or Christian wedding customs, Kannada marriage ceremonies are straightforward, joyful affairs that are typically upbeat.

The Kannada Matrimony customs of the Hindus are simple affairs. Kannada wedding rituals and traditions are often simple and modest. The primary objective is to carry out the ceremonies following their culture. Here are a few traditional Kannada matrimony customs that you need to know. 

Nischay Tamulam

This ceremony is to check the horoscopes of the prospective bride and husband for an arranged marriage to determine compatibility. Marriages will occur when all the stars are in place, which portends a happy and prosperous future. The parents will then seal the union by exchanging betel nuts and leaves.

Nischay Tamulam is the equivalent of a Kannada matrimonial ritual. The Kannada bride receives a saree, a coconut, and sweets from the groom’s parents during their visit to her home. The bride’s parents visit the groom at his residence to present him with a dhoti, a coconut, fruits, and sweets. The priest typically chooses the wedding date during this ceremony.


An auspicious ritual called naandi will happen to ask for the Almighty’s blessings to have a happy marriage. The bride and groom’s houses are typically where this ritual, sometimes called a Shastra happens. A priest performs the ritual to grant the couple a blessed life full of success, good health, and joy.

Kaashi Yatra

This ritual honours an ancient Kannada matrimony custom in which the groom appears to leave the wedding venue. Because no one in his family is interested in finding him the ideal wife. Then he will frighten them with a visit to the holy city of Kashi.

When he begins to leave, his maternal uncle stops him and shows him the bride. The groom decides to delay his journey after learning this. The groom will get a walking staff, an umbrella, and food items as part of this tradition.

Mandap & Var Puja

The area where all of the wedding rites will take place is the mandap. The priest performs pooja to purify the mandap and the wedding venue before all of that. It is Mandap Puja right now.

The bridegroom is thought to be Lord Vishnu’s reincarnation in Hinduism. His future father-in-law provides him with a seat of dignity and leads him to the wedding mandap. When the groom-to-father washes his feet, Var puja is over.


The bride’s sister will accompany her by holding the peacock feather. They use this to conceal the bride’s face. A fabric curtain is placed between the bride and groom while they are in the mandap. This is to keep them from looking at one another. They will lower the curtain once the priest begins his wedding mantras so they can see one another. After this, they will exchange the Varmalas/Jaimalas.


The groom’s scarf will be attached to the end of the bride’s dress and the Pallu of her saree. This knot stands for the unbreakable bond. The couple then makes seven laps around the sacred fire, with the bride following the husband for each one. They do this to signify the sacred vow to strengthen their wedding. This ritual is known as Saptapadi. The couple sits with the bride on the groom’s left after the Saptapadi.


People recognise the couple’s marriage through the Thaali ceremony. With the assistance of five married women, the groom fastens the Thaali (the Mangalsutra) around the bride’s neck. In a Kannada matrimony, this is the last ceremony before the couple asks their elders for their blessing.


One of the most fascinating post-wedding traditions is okhli. In this game, they will drop the wedding band into a sizable bowl of coloured milk or water. In three rounds, the bride and groom compete with one another to find the ring. People will conclude that the bride will be able to handle every challenge that marriage has in store for her. This will happen only if she finds the ring three times.


The bride bids her family a sorrowful goodbye before departing for the groom’s home. With gifts for setting up a new home, they send her off to her in-laws’ residence. The bride’s brother travels with her to her new home. The following morning, he departs after spending the night there.

Griha Pravesh

Griha Pravesh or Mane Kamsudu is the welcome ceremony of the bride to her in-laws’ residency. The phrase means “welcome home.” Her mother-in-law leads aarti at the entrance as a greeting to the wedding bride. The bride must use her right foot to kick a vessel filled with rice at the doorway of the home. This represents the house’s subsequent abundance of wealth and success.

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