A diamond anniversary steeped in tradition


  • Nation
  • Monday, 30 May 2016

Following tradition: The couple’s children performing a ritual during the wedding anniversary celebration at the Lower Perak Club in Teluk Intan.

TELUK INTAN: A husband and wife celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in true Telugu tradition.

S.P. Marayya, 90, and his wife N. Satya, 79, held the Vivaha Pratigna Puranodharana or the Vedic rituals for the renewal of Hindu marriage vows according to the Telugu customs.

While exchanging their marriage vows, a pooja or prayers was held, accompanied by the Nadeswaram music during the celebration that was held at the Lower Perak Club here on May 21.

Brahmin priests also recited mantras in Sanskrit to bless the couple.

The homam or fire offering to pay homage to the deities was conducted followed by the kalasha pooja, which was performed as a symbolism to strengthen the bonds of the couple in good health and longevity, with 60 decorated brass pots filled with water and blessed by the chanting of the Vedic Mantras.

The couple’s daughter-in-law, R. Bina, said all five of their children then used the water from the pot and poured it over their parents and sought blessings from them by touching their feet.

Other family members followed suit before the couple changed their clothes for the main marriage ceremony of jilkara bellum, where a paste of cumin and jaggery is placed on betel leaves and put on each other’s head.

“This is to signify bitter and sweet flavours and that they will stick to each other, through bitter and sweet moments of their married life.

“A cloth was put in between them so they can’t see each other until the marriage ritual was completed.

“A dinner was held after that,” Bina said.

Apart from the couple’s children, their grandchildren, relatives and close friends also attended the celebration.

Marayya said the key to their long-lasting marriage was trust.

“We also need to show care and share things with each other, understand and fulfil each other’s needs as life partners,” he said, adding that it was important for the younger generations to take their time to look for the right partner.

“Married couples also need to be tolerant and to complement each other’s weaknesses and strengths,” he added.

Their eldest son, Jaya Prakash, said his parents were role models for him and his siblings.

“They showered us with unconditional love and tolerance, even though our lifestyle may be very different from theirs,” he said.

“My dad still oversees a small oil palm holding while mum is a wonderful cook, dishing out Telugu delicacies like gongura pachadi (roselle leaves delicacy), pulihora (tamarind rice) and chappa vepadu (masala fried fish) for us,” he added.

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