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The Groom Acceptance Ritual – Tilak Rituals and Customs

November 15, 2017

Tilak ceremony is a very popular ceremony for Indian weddings. It is also known as groom acceptance ceremony which is the process of accepting the groom as a husband of the bride. Also known as ‘Teep’ or ‘Pottu’, this ceremony is performed in different parts of India with great fun!

There are several reasons why it is such an important ceremony and how it affects the wedding. The groom acceptance ceremony takes place at the residence of the groom. The bride and the bride’s mother do not attend this ceremony. Here are the interesting rituals of Tilak Ceremony:

Things used for the Tilak ceremony :

For the Tilak ceremony, a beautifully decorated ‘Pooja Thali’ is needed. The ‘Thali’ or dish is decorated with a bandhani cloth, sandalwood powder, kumkum, saffron and some oil to lighten the Diya.

Rituals followed the ceremony:

The daughter is considered the responsibility of her father and it’s the duty of the father to choose the best groom for her daughter. Thus, this ceremony signifies that the bride’s father has accepted the groom for his daughter by applying the Tilak.

The pooja or Havan :

Pooja is known as worship and this is the first ritual of the Tilak ceremony. The pooja is performed for peace and happiness of the family and the newlywed couple performs this. The family of the bride and the groom pray to the almighty for the happiness and well-being of the couple.

Tilak Ritual :

During this ritual, the bride’s father applies a long tilak on the forehead of the groom. This shows that the father has accepted the groom for his daughter and handles her happiness and responsibility to him. Also, the father of the bride washes the feet of the groom and offer gifts to the groom and the groom’s family. Different outfits, sweets, and fruits are offered.

Gifts to the bride :

Now, when the bride’s father accepts the groom, the groom’s father also has to perform some rituals. The father of the groom sends a pack of different gifts to the bride. This pack consists of coconut, rice, henna, clothes, jewelry, and sweets for the bride. The relatives of the groom’s family carry the gift package to the bride’s home.

Rituals for family members :

In some areas, the brothers, uncles and other relatives of the bride also perform the same ritual with the groom. They apply tilak and accept the groom for their beloved bride. Refreshments, food items, and gifts are exchanged between the families. This is a small get together where few family members and relatives are invited.

Happy ending of the ceremony :

When this ceremony ends in a peaceful and happy manner, betel nuts and sweets are exchanged between the family members of the bride and groom. With this, the tilak ceremony ends!

his is a beautiful ceremony which is an emotional moment for the bride’s father where he gives his daughter to the groom while accepting him as the husband of his beloved daughter for life!

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