“Akshatani, Suvarnani, Kramukai: Phala Samyutamu, Dampatyom Deerghmaayushymu, Brahma Grandhim Vidheeyathe”
Following ‘Thalambaralu’, ‘Brahma Knots’ (Brahma Gandhi) would be conducted in which a set of items would be mixed to tie them to upper part of bride’s sarees’ loose end. The items include Yam, Turmeric Twig, Dates, Betel, and some change.
This loose end of saree would be tied to groom’s upper wear (Uthareeyamu). This is called Brahma Gandhi, which means the nerve that connects mother’s uterus to the baby’s navel. This connection would stay till the navel part of baby is cut after delivery. Symbolizing this nerve, elders prefer that the marriage should be equally strong like Brahma Grandhi. Hence “Brahma Knots”.
Yam: Yam has a quality of growing boundlessly hence stands for growth. If a small piece of this vegetable is seeded it would expand unrestrictedly. Hence Yam is used expecting the family would also grow on tap in terms of wealth, prosperity, children et al.
Turmeric Twig: Turmeric indicates luck, health and glow. It is used expecting to have beautiful, upright, and wise children.
Dates: Date is one such fruit which never gets spoiled and hence it is expected a marriage relation should survive throughout.
Betel Leaves: Betel is a combination of leaves, nuts and a bit of white cement, and all have different characteristics. However the combination works wonderfully.
Brahma Knots are used to indicate that both the bride and groom should maintain good relations with either of the families and for the same reason two different sets (both bride and groom’s) are tied together.
As such couple tied to each other spends 7 hours together, certain emotions develop between them per se love, affection, fondness, intimacy, friendship et al.
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