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Padaharu Rojula Panduga : On The Auspicious & Blissful 16Th Day Of The Wedding

Padaharu Rojula Panduga : On the auspicious 16th day following the wedding, the bride and groom’s families, accompanied by their loved ones, come together to joyfully celebrate the vibrant Padaharu Rojula Panduga (Sixteen Days Festival) at the groom’s residence. This cherished festival marks the culmination of the wedding festivities!

Padaharu Rojula Panduga & Ankuraropanam

The sacred act of sowing the seeds of new beginnings begins as the soil is lovingly poured into mounds and fresh grains are gently sprinkled. These mounds are then brought home and diligently watered every day, nurturing the sprouting plants.

When the time is right, the soil is carefully removed, and the vibrant plants are washed and placed at the entrances of three homes, symbolizing blessings and prosperity.

Cleansing Rituals and Auspicious Offerings: The mound is meticulously cleaned and adorned with auspicious turmeric and fragrant saffron (Kumkum). A bundle of rice, fruits, tambula (betel leaves and nuts), a jacket cloth, and Dakshina Petti (a token of monetary gift) are lovingly placed on the mound, to be presented by the bride to the married woman.

The festive meal includes the delectable Atlu, adding to the joyous atmosphere. After the meal, the yellow thread of the Mangal Sutra is exchanged for a golden chain, symbolizing eternal commitment. This special thread is also applied and tied as a sacred bond on the wedding day.

Symbolic Exchanges and Blessings: The bride’s family bestows new clothes upon the groom, his father, and his mother, signifying love and acceptance. In the morning, the newlywed couple performs a purifying ritual bath, symbolizing a fresh start to their marital journey.

Following the bath, the groom sits before the divine presence and exchanges Uttara Jandhyam (sacred thread), batuvu (ring), bangles, and Vadigattu rice with the bride. Pongali, a traditional dish made with the offered rice, is prepared and shared as a symbol of abundance and togetherness. The groom’s sister is honored with the gift of batuvu, bangles, and Uttara Jandhyam, strengthening the familial bonds.

The Sixteen Days Festival is a time of immense joy, heartfelt rituals, and the celebration of love, blessings, and unity as the newlywed couple embarks on their blissful journey together.

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