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Telugu Wedding

Telugu marriage is accomplished strictly in accordance with the age old customs and traditions. For this reason, it even bears resemblance with Hindu and Tamil weddings. One of the special features of Telugu culture is that the bride or wife is given utmost importance in the society. She is referred to as the ardhangini or the better half of her husband. No religious ritual is deemed complete without her participation. To know more about the Telugu wedding rituals, read on.The Telugu wedding ceremony (Teluginti Pelli) is the traditional wedding ceremony of the Telugu people of Andhra in India. In the 19th century, the ceremony could last up to 14 days. In modern times, it can last 5 or more days, depending on the family's financial and social status. As all the relatives of both sides and well wishers give a hand in every aspect of the ceremony, the planning itself is part of the celebration. For this reason, there is a saying in the Telugu language that marriage is not between two people, but between two families. Some marriages are done in the temple in presence of god but most of them are conducted outside because of the number of people in attendance. After every ceremony they serve food to all the guests which is also the main part of the culture of offering food to anyone who comes on an auspicious day. All the rituals conducted throughout the Telugu wedding ceremony hold religious significance. Each element in the ceremonies is connected with the other and is given special importance. Weddings reflect the customs and the culture of Andhra, and are meant to be reflective of the warm hearts of the Telugu people. The decorations mostly consist of flowers and mango leaves in rich colors. The families renovate their houses and invite all the guests going to each of their houses with the kumkum.

Pre-wedding customs : The rich and varied cultural heritage of Andhra Pradesh, a southern state of India, is reflected in the ceremonies conducted there. Almost all festivals are celebrated with religious observances, holding supreme importance in the lives of the residents of the state.