Madhuparkam (mdhuprk) Sweet
Madhuparkam (mdhuprk) refers to a sweet or liquid food that is one of the various ingredients used in worship; according to the Arcana Dipika, a dharma manual of devotion, it can contain ghee, honey and sugar. After the above mentioned combination of yogurt and milk, these three products are called madhuparksa. Madhuparkam is also offered in Tamil Nadu with milk and fruits as palum, pazhamum and tarutal.
During the regular Shodasa and Upachara Puja, Madhuparkam is an object offered to the deity as part of worship. When the new image of the temple is consecrated (prana pratishta), a MadhupARKA is offered to the deity. When the groom enters the wedding hall, the bride and groom offer him a MADHUPARKa as they make preparations before entering the house of marriage.
The Vratam is performed on the day of the full moon, which is the most auspicious occasion for the Telugu wedding ceremony. Before the wedding ritual begins, the mother of the brides binds the manga sutra on the auspicious day for the bride. Sixteen days before the wedding, the mangalutra is tied with a single thread and tied around the bride’s neck by the groom.
It is the main part of the wedding in which bride and groom take a mixture of cumin and place it on the heads of the other. The pair are then asked to smear the paste of cumin and jagsgery on the other side. The father and brother of the bride wash the legs of the groom.
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As part of the Madhuparkam ritual in Sanatana Dhrama the bride wears a white sari with a red rim. Rice stands for abundance and the burning lamp for sweetness and light, the two qualities the bride brings to the new phase, and the curtain between bride and groom is removed.
After the prayer the groom ties two golden discs representing the mangalsutra with three knots around the neck of the bride, symbolizing the power of the union physically, spiritually and spiritually. After the mangalsutra ceremony bride and groom exchange garlands. Family members pray that the couple will be granted the wisdom to live their lives together. This ceremony is significant because it brings with it the prayers of the family and the thoughts of the couple and enlightens the bride. Ganesh Pooja and Mandapam perform in the wedding hall before the wedding.
Ganesa Gauri Puja (Gnneesh Puuj or Gaurii PuuJ): After the ceremony, the groom visits the Ganesha Gowri Pooja and conducts the mandapam. The bride does the gauri puja in the house of her family members and relatives who attend the ceremony and visit her.
The married women of the household prepare a paste of turmeric, kumkum and sandalwood and apply it to the hands, feet and face of bride and groom. The day of the wedding passes with different rituals and the Telugu bride changes her curtains at least four times. The couple family in Mangalasnanam starts with other rituals.
दध्याज्यमधु संयुक्तं मधुपर्कं मयाऽऽहृतम् ।
गृहाण सर्वलोकेश गजवक्त्र नमोऽस्तु ते ॥
dadhyājyamadhu saṃyuktaṃ madhuparkaṃ mayā”hṛtam ।
gṛhāṇa sarvalokeśa gajavaktra namo’stu te ॥