Every Tambrahm wedding starts with ‘Viratham’.This is a ceremony performed separately by bride and groom’s side to invoke their family deities and ancestors.
A ‘Kaapu’ or ‘Charadu’ – A Sacred yellow thread is tied on the wrists of the bride and groom. They are not permitted to untie the thread or leave the marriage venue until the wedding is over. The Sacred thread is supposed to ward off evil spirits by acting as a protective armour for both the bride and the groom.
The ‘palika’ ceremony (sprinkling of nine varieties of grains) for the prosperity of the couple’s new life together is conducted simultaneously with the ‘viratham’.
To culminate the function, an ‘aarthi’ is performed.From hereon, the groom prepares himself for his new phase of life as a ‘Grihastha’ – “Householder” .