Tradition & Culture
As per Hindu tradition the following rituals are compulsory,
- Namakarana (Naming ceremony)
- Karnavedha (Ear-boring ceremony)
- Annaprashana (First solid food-feeding)
- Chudakarana (Tonsure; removing impure hair)
- Vidyarambha (Teaching alphabets)
- Vivaha (Marriage)
- Antyeshti (Last or funeral rites)
The Boyar caste consists of many Gotra's or Kulam's. The Kulam, Gotra or Illam are intended to mean the fathers family and ancestry. Marriage by member of the same gotra is traditionally prohibited. This custom is intended to prevent inbreeding as well as to broaden the influence of each gotra through marriage alliances. Gotras are used as surnames in Andhra region which gives quick identity.
Porutham (Horoscope - Matching) - Examination of the horoscopes of the bride and bride-groom makes it possible to ascertain whether there is agreement between the two, and the union will be propitious. Betrothal ceremony - Once the agreement of both parties are over, an engagement or reception takes place in front of family members and close relatives.
A traditional wedding is usually performed in the presence of a Hindu Priest who chants Sanskrit slokas. The main point of a typical wedding is the tying a Mangalsutra, a small gold ornament (the design can vary based on a number of factors - caste, region, community and family tradition) tied to a yellow thread or strung in a gold, silver or beaded chain, on the neck of the Bride. She will retain this until the end of her or her spouses life.
Muhurtham ( Lagnam ) - An auspicious time with respect to couples astrological sign and also with reference to 'Panchangam', the event that takes place with following programs:
' Panigrahanam ' - The brides hand is held by groom in a ceremony,
' Pratigna Karanam’ Exchanging of solemn vows,
' Saptapathi ' (praying seven sages) or visualizing 'Arundathi' (worshiping sun) are all part of the elaborate ritualistic traditional south Indian Weddings. At the end, there is a grand lunch offered to the guests.
In general, the Boyar community worship Tirupati Lord Venkateshwara, Lord Shiva, Lord Subramanya, and Amman, and primarily consider their blessings on all occasions.