A south Indian wedding in Madurai

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A south Indian wedding at the holy city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, is indeed a unique experience. Madurai is the home of the historic Hindu temple Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple or Meenakshi Amman Temple. I am not really a ‘temple’ person, but I must admit that this temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva (in the form of Sundareswarar or Beautiful Lord) and his consort, Goddess Parvati (in the form of Meenakshi) is indeed very impressive.

Beautiful as it may be, I did not go to Madurai to be a tourist but to attend a wedding. Dhilip and Nilini’s wedding was indeed, as expected, a wonderful and colorful one. I could not stop admiring the women’s incredible fine silk Kanchipuram sarees, so I ended up getting one for my wife as well.

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The groom's mother blesses him before going to the wedding venue for the prayer ceremony

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In the evening, at the betrothal ceremony. Women's from the bridegroom's family bring gifts for the bride.

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The bride with all her gifts, surrounded by women from the bridegroom's family

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One of the gifts is a new Kanchipuram silk saree. The bride will change into this saree, given by the groom's family, before the ceremony begins.

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The bride is adorned with a flower garland and more gifts are given.

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The bride and groom cut the wedding cake at the end of the engagement ceremony

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Blessings over coconut and rice are a part of the wedding ceremony.

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The bride and groom, and the close family during the wedding ceremony while the priest keeps the sacred fire going.

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The wedding ring is worn on the toe. In the past, women used to keep their head down so a ring on the toe would symbolize a married person. The men wear the ring on their toe as well.

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The end of the wedding ceremony

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The groom gives his wife a gold necklace called Taali as the guests shower them with flower petals.

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The new couple stand amidst the flower petals at the end of the wedding.

  • http://www.flaneurbanite.blogspot.com Flaneurbanite

    Brilliantly captured, Sephi! I’m hoping someone invites me to their wedding while I’m here in Bangalore – would absolutely love to click a South Indian wedding, especially since I’ve never been to one :)

  • http://www.flaneurbanite.blogspot.com Flaneurbanite

    Brilliantly captured, Sephi! I’m hoping someone invites me to their wedding while I’m here in Bangalore – would absolutely love to click a South Indian wedding, especially since I’ve never been to one :)

  • http://www.seshu.net Seshu

    Another beautifully documented wedding! The colors are punchy, the lighting and moments on the money. Looking forward to seeing more images from your second Madurai wedding.

  • http://www.seshu.net Seshu

    Another beautifully documented wedding! The colors are punchy, the lighting and moments on the money. Looking forward to seeing more images from your second Madurai wedding.

  • http://www.yeskarthi.wordpress.com Karthi

    I am spell bound!

  • http://www.yeskarthi.wordpress.com Karthi

    I am spell bound!

  • http://christellevaillant.blogspot.com/ Christelle

    Very beautiful and very educative! :)

  • http://christellevaillant.blogspot.com/ Christelle

    Very beautiful and very educative! :)

  • http://thecontrarian.in/ Mahesh Shantaram

    Wow! I was waiting to see a Sephi Bergerson Goes South series… I love this!

  • http://thecontrarian.in/ Mahesh Shantaram

    Wow! I was waiting to see a Sephi Bergerson Goes South series… I love this!

  • http://namma.mejura.com Viggie

    Great experience! I was at the wedding & watched you take positions for shots. Hoping to see the entire version from Dhilip soon.

  • http://namma.mejura.com Viggie

    Great experience! I was at the wedding & watched you take positions for shots. Hoping to see the entire version from Dhilip soon.

  • dinesh khanna

    Hi Sephi . . . so simple and unobtrusive but your pictures take me into the heart of the ceremony in a way that it wouldn’t be possible even if I was there physically. That’s the true worth of your pictures for the people getting married and their family.

  • dinesh khanna

    Hi Sephi . . . so simple and unobtrusive but your pictures take me into the heart of the ceremony in a way that it wouldn’t be possible even if I was there physically. That’s the true worth of your pictures for the people getting married and their family.

  • http://webalfee.wordpress.com alfred devanesan Samuel

    super pics dude :)

  • http://webalfee.wordpress.com alfred devanesan Samuel

    super pics dude :)

  • http://www.chrispuggs.com Praveen

    great to see these amazing photos…colourful, add they are professionally and beautifully documented…

  • http://www.chrispuggs.com Praveen

    great to see these amazing photos…colourful, add they are professionally and beautifully documented…

  • Selvam

    Really superb. Wonderful. Very Enjoyable. I knew the bridegroom from his kids life along with his family. Always rememberable with sweet incidents. Once again nice to see him as perfect man and both them as perfect couple.

  • Selvam

    Really superb. Wonderful. Very Enjoyable. I knew the bridegroom from his kids life along with his family. Always rememberable with sweet incidents. Once again nice to see him as perfect man and both them as perfect couple.

  • Radhakrishnan

    Nice pics………….

  • Radhakrishnan

    Nice pics………….

  • http://www.jmw.at Naomi and Miki Kalwil

    Dear Sephi,

    Miki and me are visiting your websites frequently, enjoying them very much.

    The last mail I sent you was at Pessach, but Miki was in touch with you since then, asking your for photographical advices!

    By this opportunity I would like to send you “chag sameach and gmar chatima tova” already now since I do not know if we will be in touch again till the holidays.

    Shalom from Vienna,
    Naomi and Miki

  • http://www.jmw.at Naomi and Miki Kalwil

    Dear Sephi,

    Miki and me are visiting your websites frequently, enjoying them very much.

    The last mail I sent you was at Pessach, but Miki was in touch with you since then, asking your for photographical advices!

    By this opportunity I would like to send you “chag sameach and gmar chatima tova” already now since I do not know if we will be in touch again till the holidays.

    Shalom from Vienna,
    Naomi and Miki

  • http://www.pradeepsanyal.com Pradeep

    very nice collection of pics.

  • http://www.pradeepsanyal.com Pradeep

    very nice collection of pics.

  • http://www.rediffmail.com prem

    Will dhilp say where they have purchased the sarees. beautiful colours. i want to buy like that for my spouse

  • http://www.rediffmail.com prem

    Will dhilp say where they have purchased the sarees. beautiful colours. i want to buy like that for my spouse

  • Gwar2014

    Wow thats very nice wedding

  • Mace4u

    GREAT MOMENTS IN LIFE,WELL CAPTURED. My best wishes for a long,happy and prosperous wedded lif !!!

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