Monday, February 26, 2024




Vilakkidu Kalyanam

This ceremony is found among the Karkather of Thirunelveli who are endogamous division of Vellalas. It is a miniature marriage conducted on the first

day of the Tamil month Thai. All the girls of this caste generally in their ninth year (before attaining puberty) or seventeenth have to wear a necklace or badge called the 'navamaalai' on this occasion. The ornament  is tied around the girls neck by the maternal grand father or grand mother or maternal uncle or his wife. A Brahmin priest is called in to officiate this ceremony. The girls get bronze lamps, which she lights on that occasion. The badge will be removed at the time of her 'real' marriage but a small piece, reminiscent of the navamaalai will be attached to her wedding symbol or Thaali.