This is a paste made from cumin seeds and jaggery ground together.
When is it used?
It is used during the Teleugu Weddings as a part of the wedding rituals.
How is it performed?
The jeelakarra bellam ceremony is vital in Telugu Weddings. Auspicious time called ‘Sumuhurtham’ would have been fixed for the wedding by the priest. When the time comes, the couple is made to sit opposite to each other. The priest performing the ceremony would recite vedic shlokas. The couple would apply the paste on each other’s head.
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Cumin seeds have a slightly bitter taste and jaggery has a sweet taste. Both of these are ground together as a paste and they become inseparable. This signifies that the bride and the groom should be together and inseparable throughout the life’s sweet and bitter times. It is believed that, the couple interchange each other’s thoughts and destinies interlinking their lives, by applying the paste on each other’s heads.
This is an important ceremony that marks the wedding. Once this is performed on the sumuhurtham, other rituals could take place in a relaxed manner.