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The style of celebration of the smallest function to the biggest, from an Engagement to a ritual-filled 2 to 3 day marriages, from baby shower to baby christening and Ayush homam (first birthday of a baby), the trends and  styles in India, especially in South India, Chennai in particular has come a long way since the 80s ! what began as marriages at the local temple or big houses changed to booking affordable halls in strategic locations, with any South Indian wedding lasting a good 3 days, with all the rituals in keeping with the South Indian traditions, the Mantras, the wedding trousseau, the catering, the  menu, the henna ( mehendi application for the bride), et al! The media, the TV channels, the way daily soaps presented weddings in style , the change in every area became very natural and rapid.

The 90s saw bigger halls, bigger-budget weddings , with a lot of funfare, show, pomp and change in the process of celebration, the 2000s saw a phenomenal change in the style of weddings in the  South, In fact every little family occasion was done only at huge and designer halls, with hefty rents and long wait for booking, especially with customized choice of location and features offered by halls in Chennai.

The trend of event celebrations have become so different and expensive, with hikes in family Incomes, and the resulting lifestyles, earlier families always lived and married within India or sometimes the same state. Now, there is at least one or both children studying, working or settling in the US, or UK, or far east. They say ‘ The farther you go from  home the firmer get your roots’ so this being the case, every NRI wants to book a hall of his choice with respect to his location, specs and price, so the best and the ultimate solution to the tiring search for halls in chennai, the tedious ceremony of contacting the hall owners , striking a deal, for every ceremony lies in a portal that is user-friendly, quick and so customized that one chooses one’s hall at one’s price. This is further eased by the mobile applications developed and marketed by Chennai based Caladium Systems Pvt Ltd, whereby an Android application on a mobile links, connects a prospect hall booker, to the hall owner all on a call. www.chennaihalls.in with brand ‘Ahaa’ and the Unique concept in Reverse Marketing ‘Ur Hall, Ur Price’ is the need of the hour, for both Indians who want to dismiss the ordeal of hall booking as well as the NRIS who desire to conduct all family occasions at a decent hall, of their choice. So, if you are an NRI, looking for a good hall, in a specific area, at your cost this is the link. If you are a Chennai based person who has a small budget for a wedding , and need it in a specific location this is your link, don’t think, just log in , www.chennaihalls.in    your hall, all yours in 60 minutes.



The Vedic Traditions In A Brahmin Wedding – Part 1

A Brahmin Wedding in Detail

This is a start of a series where we give you a detailed overview of a typical 3 day Brahmin Wedding.This article intends to throw light on the vedic ceremonies of a Hindu wedding.

Weddings in the Puranas

Although there are many references in the Hindu traditions including the Sthala Puranas, the most important vedic process comes from the most celebrated, the Andal – Ranganathan, Shivan – Parvathi and Rama – Sita  wedding from the Hindu epics. According to the epic Nacchiyar Thirumozhi, Andal dreams about Lord Ranganathan/Vishnu in holy matrimony. Ranganathan then seeks the permission of Andal’s father Periyalvar to marry his daughter and with immense joy. They are bonded together in marriage with a prolonged vedic process. This vedic process is detailed in the Varanam Ayiram section of Nacchiyar Thirumozhi.

The Brahmin Wedding Rituals

Below is the explanation for each steps performed in a Vedic wedding and the significance.

1. Vaakku Dhaanam

This is the first and foremost step in the wedding process where the groom or the Brahmachari sends two well-read elders from his family to the house of the Bride. The elders approach the Bride’s father and explain the groom’s wish to marry his daughter. During this process two important mantras are chanted, one that asks the elders to bring back good news of acceptance from the Bride’s father and the second mantra prays for the safe return of the elders from the father’s house. These mantras plead for a harmonious and prosperous from the Lords Bhaga and Aryama.

Once this process is complete, the father happily acknowledges the brahmachari’s request and accepts to the marriage.

In present day brahmin weddings, this event is popularly known as Nichayathartham where elders from both the bride and groom’s family meet and exchange their “Vaaku” or promise to marry their son and daughter with whole heart and happiness. The pandit reads out a paper or the “Pathram” which tells everyone gathered that the wedding is set for a date  with ancestral blessings and family acceptance. Once this is done, the family exchanges gifts to welcome one another to their family. The Nichayathartham is an important ceremony in most south Indian weddings, however, this ceremony is also held months before the wedding to suit present situations and traditions.

2.  Kanyaa Dhaanam – Giving away the daughter

Yet another vedic ceremony that is often seen in Hindu weddings is the Kanyaa Dhaanam. This originated from the vedic epics where Lakshmi was given in holy matrimony to Lord Vishnu by her father and Lord Vishnu in total happiness accepts and promises to take care of his daughter as he did.

In today’s Hindu wedding, the bride is made to sit on her father’s lap, facing east with her mother stand on the right side. The father hold his daughter palms with tamboola and coconut. The groom stands opposite to the father and hold the brides palm and the father slowly transfers the tamboola to the groom’s palms. This symbolises that the daughter is now rightfully given to the groom. This is also known as” Dhaaravathu Kodukkal”. During this ceremony mantras are chanted by both the bride’s father and the groom. Kanyaa Dhaanam, Giving away the daughter

3. Agni Prasthithapam – Raising of Fire

Fire has been an elixir of life since the existence of mankind. The role of fire in hindu weddings is compared with that of the sun. In olden days, fire was obtained by the only method of churning wood or rubbing it against each other. Because this played a vital role in a household, the man of the family took in charge of bringing a home the necessary fire and maintaining it for eternity. Thus in today’s weddings this holy ritual is of lighting the new fire in the homam is done by the groom with the help of the pandit.Agni Prasthithapam, Raising of fire The fire is lit using Ghee or clarified butter, and wooden sticks.  This symbolises that the groom will take care of the essentials in making a home and will provide for his wife till eternity. In north Indian weddings the bride and the groom walk around the fire seven times thus worshipping it. In south Indian weddings, the bride and the groom walk three times around the homam, with the end of the bride’s saree tied to the end of the groom’s dhoti. This symbolises their bond of togetherness and this bond is witnessed by the god of fire, Agni.

The above mentioned vedic ceremonies are performed before the actual marriage happens and that is known as Mangalya Dharanam. Await more insights on this in the Part 2 of this series.

Plantain tree as wedding decoration

Why place two plantain trees at south indian weddings?

Importance of celebrating with plantain trees at weddings

Plantain tree as wedding decoration

Plantain tree of many uses

It is a universal fact that a plantain tree has more than one purpose in itself. The stem of the tree is used for consumption and medicinal values, the florets of the tree is used for making oil and as herbal medicine, the plantains are consumed all over the world, the leaves of the tree is usually used in south-east Asia as a food plate and also used for wrapping food, and the list goes on! This plant provides the world so much that it has been a vital component in  every generations till date. Be it the Mesopotamians or the Indus valley civilization, the role of banana trees have been immense.

But, why plantain tree at the marriage?

One could ask what does a plantain tree got to do with marriages. According to Hindu tradition, two plantain trees are tied to the entrance of every wedding venue to symbolize that, like the plantain tree that is evergreen and ever providing, the bride and groom will be blessed with all the prosperity and will provide well for the generations to come. This is remind the couple that they need to learn to give and expect nothing in return, just like the plantain trees.

Invoking longevity with the plantain tree

In many Hindu weddings, especially south Indian, the banana or plantain tree is worshipped by married women during the course of the wedding. This is to emphasise on the fact that the tree is evergreen and thus blessing the to be married couple all the auspicious prosperity in life. This is known as Pandhakaal. In this pre-wedding ceremony the plantain tree is worshipped, followed by a pooja where the bride touches the plantain and prays for eternal happiness and prosperity for all the future generations. The Pandhakaal is a very prominent and important ceremony in most South Indian weddings, though, not so much in Brahmin weddings. Once the Pandhakkaal pooja  is done, the plantain tree is tied to the gatepost of the  venue or the bride’s home.  However, in Chennai, now a days, this ceremony has become almost a luxury. The cost of two plantain trees have increased up to Rs 5000! However, no matter what the wedding budget is, Hindus never fail to incorporate this ceremony in their weddings.

So the next time you witness this ceremony, you sure will know its importance and will have a chance to educate someone who is ignorant about this!

Halls Chennai, for functions, Online Booking, Real-time Availability

Halls in Chennai, Online Booking, Real-time Availability

Caladium Systems recently launched its portal, www.chennaihalls.in, for the benefit of the citizens of Chennai. It is an effort to bring all the 1000 odd halls in Chennai, mini halls, party halls. banquet halls and marriage halls (kalyana mandapams) put together. ChennaiHalls.in was soft-launched on the 3rd of June, 2013.

Halls Chennai, Online Availability and Instant Booking

marriage Halls in ChennaiAHAA or Automated Hall Availability and Administration is a unique place on the world wide web. Here, you are clear of the hassle of booking your hall, for whatever purpose.

Real-time availability information of all the member halls, is a special feature. Booking your favourite hall is now as easy as ABC. Check for Availability of your hall, Book your hall by paying an advance amount, Confirm your hall by paying the remaining amount at the property.

Types of Hall in the inventory

Marriage halls in Chennai

Over 150 marriage halls in Chennai city are covered by Chennaihalls.in. This includes marriage halls ranging from Rs. 10,000 to Rs,10,00,000 per day. Marriage halls in Chennai, which can accommodate from 100 to over 5000 people are included in the online marriage hall booking facility.

Mini halls in Chennai

Small functions, betrothal, upanayanam, shastiabdhapoorthi and so on do not need the elaborate facilities and infrastructure of large marriage halls. To accommodate small events, Chennai Halls have enrolled over 50 mini halls in Chennai. Celebrate in grand choice, with online booking and real-time availability, covering all four corners of the grand old city.

Banquet halls in Chennai

When your celebration requires that extra dose of grandeur, you have the luxury of choosing from over 150 banquet halls in Chennai, based on your intention and on the size of the hole you are willing to burn on your pocket. A wide variety of banquet halls, with delicious mouth watering menus on the cards, with the choicest vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, all that can be decided from the comfort of your living room. This facility only available with Chennai Halls, where you instantly block your preferred dates and get preferential treatment from the hosts.

Party Halls in Chennai

Choose from over 50 listed party halls in Chennai from preferred place for booking birthday parties, get-togethers, farewell parties, re-unions etc. Chennai Halls’ member party halls offer the place along-with lip-smacking and a wide variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. For a capacity of about 25-75 persons, these kind of party halls are the perfect destination for all the short parties that you wish to celebrate.

Air-conditioned Halls in Chennai

Air-conditioned marriage halls, mini halls, party halls and banquet halls are also part of the bouquet of Chennai Halls. Over 150 air-conditioned halls in Chennai are included for the discerning customer, mindful of the comfort of their guests in the bustling heat of Chennai.

Marriage services vendor directory

In any occasion, food plays a major part. Chennai Halls has an installed marriage services directory, which includes a preferred list of caterers, known for their quality and service. The list also includes vendors for the entire range of requirements, such as mehandi design, make over, chariot, floral decoration, bands and so on, all chosen carefully based on user feedback to facilitate customer satisfaction.

We encourage you to visit ChennaiHalls.in, choose your preferred dates, from your favourite halls in Chennai, select your preferred vendors and celebrate your function without the hassle.

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Kalyana Mandapams in Chennai – Booking tips

Tips to Book your Kalyana Mandapam in Chennai

One a wedding is fixed, it will seem like the time is flying and no work is being done! Here is some advice on how to book a kalyana mandapam in Chennai for you.

Searching for the right Kalyana Mandapam in Chennai

The first and foremost task on your list must be the marriage hall hunt. You would probably want to go for an air conditioned Kalyana Mandapam in Chennai, if your wedding is during peak summer. However, even non A/C kalyana Mandapams may be a compromise, if you just added some coolers and dehumidifiers. That coolers are not so effective in Chennai is a dampener, though.

Kalyana Mandapam rates in Chennai

You then need to decide on your budget and compare Kalyana mandapam rates in Chennai. Next, you need to find out the availability of your preferred kalyana mandapam and again, some may want a kalyana mandapam with +1000 capacity, based on the number of guests.

kalyana mandapam in Chennai

So, hunting for Kalyana Mandapams in Chennai might seem easy breezy, but once you get into the actual details, you head might be taken for a spin. Here are some more pointers on what to look for before booking the mandapam.

Make a list of Kalyana mandapams that you know of, for example, those that you’ve visited or those marriage halls that were booked by your friends for which they gave positive feedback.

Once the list is done, do a quick internet search on the preferred kalyana mandapams and find out the facilities and amenities available at the mandapams.

After the internet search, shortlist the kalyana mandapams again according to your needs.

Rent of the Kalyana Mandapam

Check for electricity costs and how much they charge per unit. Find out if the air conditioning cost is separate and also check how much will be the cost for generators, during power outage. Also remember to check the number of units before. You don’t want to pay them extra now, do you?

Choosing the right Catering Service

Caterers play an important role in all marriages. Tell your caterer about your kalyana mandapam choices in Chennai and find out if they have any issues with it or find out if they have already worked in those kalyana mandapams. If the hall has a small kitchen, the caterer might have some difficulties in cooking. So make sure the caterer knows about the marriage hall before you book.

If the kalyana mandapam is providing you vessels and other basic amenities for cooking, ask them if they charge extra for it. Remember to count all the utensils before you get it from them. This will cause you no confusion. Keep your caterer in loop so that they know what is missing and what is needed.

The LPG cost used for cooking is usually borne by the caterer. However, many kalyana mandapams in Chennai charge them separately as the LPG for weddings become commercial usage. So remember to constantly check how many gas cylinders are being used and pay accordingly.

Water supply for the marriage and costs

Water supply in Chennai is scarce. So book a hall which has ample water supply, especially if yours is a Brahmin wedding, you really need a lot of water! Find out how much they charge per litre or per tank.

Kalyana Mandapams in Chennai, Chennai Kalyana Mandapam

Are enough rooms available at the Mandapam

Find out how many rooms are available in the mandapam. Accordingly, you can arrange for extra accommodation for your guests. Also, the housekeeping in kalyana mandapams are always on their feet. Remember to ask the manager how many housekeeping staff with be on duty during the marriage. This way you will know who the staff are and identify strangers at your wedding.

If you really like a hall and want to book it, find out about stage decorations and flower arrangements. If this kalyana mandapam in Chennai does not allow third party decorators, which usually happens, make sure the hall decorator is good enough and provides you with what you want. Take  pictures and designs off the internet to show your decorator and negotiate the prices with them. they usually charge way more than what it really costs.

Remember to check the bride and the groom’s rooms before booking the kalyana mandapam. If its too small, you might face a lot of commotion during the wedding. If the rooms are dirty, ask the manager to tidy it before you arrive.

Make sure you allocate one room or one person to take care of valuables. Gold and silver always finds a way to get stolen. Therefore, it is advisable to keep them in a locker in the mandapam.

Is there adequate parking for your guests?

Parking always becomes an issue during marriages, especially when the kalyana mandapam is on the main road. Arrange valet parking services beforehand to avoid traffic jam!

In the end, remember it is your family kalyanam. Have fun during every step of the way!

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