March 10, 2012

Entering the PARENTHOOD world.

EVENT : VALAIKAPPU - Indian form of Baby shower
DAY OF EVENT : 05 MARCH 2012
PLACE : MUMBAI, INDIA


After a lavish royal wedding ceremony in the Iyer sect of South India, the occasion of Valaikappu (godh bharai in Hindi) is much awaited by the family. It is a celebration of the couple entering the new phase of a mother and father. It is celebrated by offering the mother-to-be, delicate and colourful bangles ('valayal' aka bangles in tamizh) with each of the women folklore taking turns in doing so. It is usually celebrated during odd months (preferably 7th or 9th) of pregnancy. I got a beautiful opportunity to witness the rituals and the unmissable moments of this meaningful occasion. 


The to-be-parents HARI and NEERAJA

 The seek the blessings of the Lords from a temple in the background.

The vibrant glass bangles are chosen in pairs of two and slid down her hands.


Raw rice particles are mixed with the holy mustard powder and sprinkled on her as a ritual of blessing.

 Her parents bless her and offer her a new silk saree to be worn for the second set of rituals to be followed.


The couple prostrate to the elderly members to seek their blessings. The elders sprinkle the mustard coated rice particles as a medium to shower their blessings.


 The mother-to-be is drenched wet by her husband and his sister before the commencement of second set of rituals, before which she changes into her traditional attire.

 They all inquire about the baby.
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AND NOW FOR SOME CANDIDS!




This is a 'sequence' shot  that I captured when the couple shared a hilarious moment.
Do click on it and view it in a higher resolution. Its worth it.

15 comments:

Dee........ said...

beautifully captured :)
Background music of this blog, who sung that /.?

magiceye said...

lovely captures!

Sourabh K Rao said...

Beautifully composed :) love the close ups with bangles :) colourful :)

Sangeeta Reghu Nair said...

beautiful !! glad I stumbled upon your blog !!

AKILA VENKAT said...

@Dee: Thank you! And yes I am promoting the singer in me through my blogs :D Its my voice :)

@magic eye: Thanks for ever being there to encourage me!

@Saurabh: Thats my fav too :)

@Sangee: Welcome mam! :) I visited yor blog too and must say! Your daughter seems to be your life! :)

rupam sarma said...

Great shots.Great to saw all photographs.

roses said...

Amazing moments...
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AKILA VENKAT said...

@roopam Sharma and Roses : I am honoured! Thanks for the acknowledgement :)

Kaarthik said...

Vibrant colors. Nice! :) Btw, it's Rice mongrels covered in turmeric! ;)

Sujatha Sathya said...

nice,really nice

hey why the drenching wet part? i am not sure if we do that here in KA but the rest of the rituals are the same

AKILA VENKAT said...

@Kaarthik: yes yes mongrels :) I'll change that :) Thanks!

@Sujatha: It is to be ready clean and fresh for the next set of rituals to follow.

bwl said...

Simply superb………..marvelous….
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Vetrimagal Jayalakshmi said...

Lovely photographs, capturing the happy moments in a South Indian Tamizh Iyer family.
This function is one, which all enjoy and share lot of happiness.
All the best for the couple.

And thanks for sharing.

AKILA VENKAT said...

@BWL : Glad! :)

@vetrimagal : I am really glad that you stumbled upon my blog mam :)

joshi daniel said...

nicely documented :)

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