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  • Chettinad Weddings: An Affair Of Good Food And Community Living

    Every Chettiar household would be planning at least one of their child’s wedding to be held in the family house; registered at a village temple. And marriage is the grandest celebration in a Chettiar family. The least period of the celebration is three days, otherwise it can well extend into a full-fledged six-day affair of great food and community living. As a community, the Chettiars are conservative and believe in going through the custom of gift giving for the well-being of the newly married. The bride’s trousseau would be famous for the sheer number of items in all forms of ...

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  • Weddings Chettinad style

    Chettiyar weddings are a grand and elaborate affair and can span for up to three days or more, punctuated with various interesting rituals. Every Nagarathar marriage has to be approved and registered in the respective groom’s temple. Once approved,a garland is delivered to the bride’s home on behalf of the temple authorities on the wedding day. This marks the beginning of all festivities. The Chettinad people are generous when it comes gifting and the bride’s trousseau is legendary and famous for the sheer number of items in all forms of gold, diamonds, silver and steel. Even the k...

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  • The Architectural grandeur of Chettinad homes

    The magnificent mansions in Chettinad reflect a confluence of vernacular architecture & a blend of South East & European architectural styles. This region comprises a great number of striking “Art Deco” style houses built in the 1940 or 50’s (also called “French Art Deco”). Karaikkudi has an important Art-Deco quarter, which includes the Thousand Windows House. The floor plan and structure of a typical Nagarthar are in accordance with all the aspects of the home dweller’s daily and various ceremonial rituals. Most Chettiyar houses will have a reception area edging onto ...

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  • Get The Basics Of Chettinad Cuisine With ‘Chettinad Paste’

    Chettinad cuisine is as rich and colourful as its cultural legacy. The mélange of flavours prepared by the people of Chettinad, carries the tales of enterprising Chettiars who have travelled across Sri Lanka, South East Asia and Europe for trade and commerce. Perhaps the spiciest of all South Indian recipes, Chettinad cuisine has some exotic ingredients like ‘marathi morulu’ (a dried flower pod) and black stone flower (‘dagad phool’ or Kalpasi). They are creatively combined with other popular Indian aromatics, generating flavours and aromas that are known world-over to be unique. Mos...

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