The Tilak ceremony, also known as Teep in the Eastern parts of India and Pottu or Chenkai in the South is a Hindu pre wedding ceremony performed all over India. Tilak is generally conducted in the day time and is groom centric. The bride and her mother are not allowed attendance. There are variations to this ritual all over India based on regional differences and caste as well. In general, Tilak is normally held at the grooms’ residence. However it is also sometimes may be conducted at the temple or an event venue.
Tilak is one of the important functions in the run up to a Hindu wedding, the highlight being the bride’s family including her father or brother meeting the groom and his family. This well decorated function is attended by only the male members of the bride’s family. An exchange of gifts between both the families takes place after which the actual Tilak ceremony starts – the ice breaking and bonding between both families has formally commenced.
The thaali used in the Tilak ceremony has different connotations all over India but in general consists of the tilak, sandalwood, saffron, kumkum, oil and a diya. This thaali is used to perform Aarti on a head covered groom. On completion of the Aarti, the brides father or then brother applies tilak on the grooms forehead. The ceremony symbolized the brides fathers acceptance of the grooms hand for his daughter. The groom is normally handed over shagan in the form of a gold ornament or money by the brides family.
This puja ceremony is conducted for the well being of the would be couple as well as for initiating cordial and continued relations between both families. Most of the top wedding planners in India can help you with details on the Tilak ceremony and can help you plan and organise this for you.