Thursday, May 26, 2016

" DAYA BATAAH " CEREMONY OF KASHMIRI PANDITS ..WHEN BRIDE AND BRIDEGROOM ARE MADE TO EAT FROM THE SAME PLATE


                                                                     


“ DAYA BATAAH CEREMONY”

WHEN BOTH BRIDE AND BRIDEGROOM PARTAKE FOOD FROM THE SAME PLATE IN A KASHMIRI PANDIT MARRIAGE CEREMONY .KNOWN AS SAHAASHANAM ,THIS PRACTICE HAS BEEN THERE SINCE VEDIC AGE …

I was informed by an elderly and well read person from Kerala that the marriage lagna among south Indians ends by what is known as ANNA- PRAASHANAM or PARTAKING OF FOOD BY BRIDE AND BRIDE GROOM. He also added that after this ceremony , the newly Weds are given AASHIRVADAA or BLESSINGS first by the Priest and then by the elders present in the ceremony.

This Anna-Prashanam is nothing but a custom practiced by kashmiri Pandits known as DAYA BATAAH or Partaking of Food by bride and bridegroom from the same plate on the Day of marriage after offerings a small quantity to the Homa Fire . The Bride and bridegroom feed a Morsel of Food to each other with their Hands from the same Plate and thereafter share the food. This common plate has all the dishes that are cooked on the Day of Lagna for the Guests .

I vividly remember that first Morsel was offered by the Bridegroom and thereafter the bride would  reciprocates . The Relatives sitting around would cry  ..

                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                     

" Diess  Bo'dd  Myon'd " or "Give Her a bigger Morsel "


" Diessi  Bo'dd  Myon'd" or " Give Him a Bigger Morsel "

DAYA BATAAH Ceremony is performed at the end of the Vivaaha or marriage ceremony .Among kashmiri Pandits, It follows Posh Pooza ceremony ( worship by showering Flowers) wherein the bride and bridegroom are worshipped as Shiva and Parvati by all close relations who keep showering them with flowers while the priest recites sacred Mantras.

The DAYA BATSAH or Conjugal food is believed to unite two Hearts and two Minds and make them one. It is also a symbolic expression of Mutual trust and proximity . The bride and the Bridegroom are now ready to look together in the same direction to discharge their duties as Husband and wife.
                                                                                                      

 Post Marriage , Once the Bride comes to her Inlaw’s House , Another “ Daya Bataah” is fed by Bridegroom’s  mother or some  lady to both the  newly weds . This is again fed  from the same Thaali or Plate  .  This time they are together taken to the kitchen and made to sit over the Traditional Dhaan ( Fire Place  For cooking ) . 
                                                                                                                          


They are made to bow to Goddess Annapurna .  Goddess Annapurna is Prayed to grant food and good Health to the newly weds .

Annapurna is the form of Divine Mother who is believed to grant nourishment apart from  cultivating a connection with the Divine.

( Autar Mota )

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