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.

32 Responses to “A south Indian wedding in Madurai”

  1. 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 :)

  2. 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 :)

  3. Seshu says:

    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.

  4. Seshu says:

    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.

  5. Karthi says:

    I am spell bound!

  6. Karthi says:

    I am spell bound!

  7. Christelle says:

    Very beautiful and very educative! :)

  8. Christelle says:

    Very beautiful and very educative! :)

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

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

  11. Viggie says:

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

  12. Viggie says:

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

  13. dinesh khanna says:

    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.

  14. dinesh khanna says:

    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.

  15. Praveen says:

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

  16. Praveen says:

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

  17. Selvam says:

    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.

  18. Selvam says:

    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.

  19. Radhakrishnan says:

    Nice pics………….

  20. Radhakrishnan says:

    Nice pics………….

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. Pradeep says:

    very nice collection of pics.

  24. Pradeep says:

    very nice collection of pics.

  25. prem says:

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

  26. prem says:

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

  27. Gwar2014 says:

    Wow thats very nice wedding

  28. Mace4u says:

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


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