This function is held before noon during an auspicious time set by an astrologer. In many cases the day of marriage will be agreed upon this day, if not already agreed upon earlier.
The day, date and Muhoortham (auspicious time for Thalikettu – tying of nuptial knot – will be prescribed by an astrologer.
(In many cases the ring is exchanged during marriage).
The important function during the betrothal is the receiving of girl’s horoscope.
The receiver stands facing east; and the giver stands facing west.
If ring exchange has been agreed upon during this function, the boy and girl exchange it with the initiation by the boy.
In Hindu marriages the horoscope is the cardinal player in decision making.
Nakshatra Porutham (matching of stars as per the horoscopes of the boy and girl) is essential to a marriage.Then the father of the bride is directed by the Priest to get hold of the hand of the daughter and entrust it in the right hand of the groom and the father has to hold their right hands with both of his hands as right hand above and left hand lower the couple’s hands for a while.During this time the Priest recite some marriage-connected verses from Vedas for the happy and long prosperous wedded life.For betrothal several dozen relatives and friends and neighbours go the house of the girl.If Mothiram Maral (exchange of ring) between the boy and the girl as token of marriage fixation) has been agreed upon, the groom, his father and mother will also accompany others.Soon the bride worn by gold ornaments received as dowry from her parents and the costly Kalyana Saree (wedding saree) brought and presented by the elder sister of the boy (along with the Kalyana Saree complete dress for at-least one year’s use, cosmetics and footwear are brought along with the Wedding Saree.