After many months waiting for it, it was the wedding day. My parents and brother came especially from France and helped us for the preparations. The astrological time for the marriage was between 7.30 a.m. to 8.20 a.m. We decided to part the celebration into two: the marriage necklace tied in the morning and the garlands of flowers and chain at 12 pm so that all the guests could attend the function.
I was awake at 4.30 a.m. and started bathing, hairdressing, makeup and dressing by myself. At 8 o clock, the car came to bring us separately along with family to the Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, where the celebration had to take place. It was a rainy day, not the kind of heavy violent monsoon rain but a soft and blessing rain falling from the sky to welcome our union. It was the last rain of this September month.
Our closest family members and friends attended the morning celebration. We performed all the rites and prayers and we sat together. Sunilettan held the Tali on its yellow colored string, the tavil and nageswaram players increasing the speed of their music and we became husband and wife when the knot completed. The emotion of my parents and brother and the divine presence of Lord Vaikathappan in front of us created a powerful atmosphere that I never felt before; those minutes are written in our minds forever.
After rounding three times around the temple sanctuary we came out followed by all and entered the Neelakantha Hall near the East gate of the temple and we had our breakfast. Idli, sambar and chamandhi were served to all of us. We waited until 12 o clock to exchange the rings, chain and flower malas.
It was a great joy to see all the people we invited coming to congratulate us and bless us. The smile on my face as well as in my heart was constant. Like for the morning celebration, the communion with my husband while performing the rites moved me very much. We both felt the unity of our two souls.
The love and blessings we received that day are still giving us joy and strength. This was the beginning of our journey together…