India is known for its tradition, diverse culture, numerous languages and the unity of people of different religions. Talking specifically about the Tamil tradition, Tamil people are very emotional regarding their language and culture hence, they follow their ancestral rituals.
There are many things which we need to follow because of our ancestors and traditional values. This does not mean that there is some burden rather we respect our ancestors and follow their traditions with a new modern thinking. Jhatakam Porutham is one such tradition which is been followed in Tamil marriages. Every boy and girl following Tamil tradition has to undergo this procedure.
Marriage has always been a time taking affair no matter which type of marriage it is and in which part of the world it is been conducted. Whether we talk about Indian marriages or some marriage taking place in Sri Lanka, everyone wants to do it the way it happened in their time. Tamil Nadu is also one such state of India where most of the marriages are completed with Jhatakam Porutham. We may call it a formality but this formality is kind of necessary in all the cases.
Most of the Tamil families are said to be of orthodox nature therefore, it is essential to follow the old traditions. Tamil astrologers sometimes scare people about not following the rituals and people who are superstitious have no other option than following the patrika matching tradition. Although with the growing advancements in technology and adaption to modern culture, people have learned to bend the traditions as per their convenience.
Today’s generation do not want to be bounded by rituals and customs but, still it is a tough fight to convince the people of the age of grandparents and specifically old age people who do not want to change. This always becomes a reason of argument and fights between the family members. However old age people also need to understand the jhatakam is not always necessary to be matched when families have good understanding and their kids are ready to get united.
Importance of marriage
Marriage just seems a word but, it is a very long journey which can be successful only by equal participation of both the families. Marriages should not be subject to ant rashi or stars or jhatakam but, they should be fixed on the personality of two people. The main concern for every Tamil family is the cast that the boy/girl should be Tamilians. If the boy and the girl understand each other and are ready to spend the whole life with each other then, the families should not have any problem. In this case, the families will also develop a good understanding between each other and will no longer be stuck into any quarrels or arguments.
It cannot be determined that matching jhatakam is necessary or not as it totally depends on the understanding of the Tamil families. Everyone should adapt to the changes and give a chance to the new generation as well.
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