TAMIL MARRIAGES SURVIVING WITHOUT JHATAKAM PORUTHAM

Human being is the most complex creature on Earth. A creature who is complex to understand as several feelings takes place inside one body. Our world is divided into different countries which are divided into states and regions. Every state has its population following a unique tradition and number of rituals which are the proof of their existence.

People spend their whole life following their culture and traditions. They believe that following the footsteps of their ancestors is the only aim of their life. One such tradition is Jhatakam porutham which means matching the jhatakam of the girl and boy to unite them in one bond called marriage. This is done by a Tamil astrologer who is well versed with the stars and the customs of Tamil people. When it comes to marriage, a lot of things have to be decided and jhatakam is the foremost step.

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Belief of Tamilians

Most of the Tamilians believe that Jhatakam is an important part of their tradition and it should be followed at any cost. Well, some people see the other side of the coin believing that couples are made in heaven and people will find them on Earth without the help of any astrologer or jhatakam. However, the number of such people is growing in Tamil culture. Instead of considering the jhatakam of the boy and girl, they show interest in the education, talents, hobbies, income and family background of the boy and girl. This can be said as a fair trade.

Some people have this feeling that if they will not follow the old customs, they might not have a bright and happy future which generates fear in them and they are bound to follow them. Those who initiate to see beyond these fears are the ones who write history. There are several examples where Tamil people are not following the old tradition of Jhatakam porutham and are happy in their married lives. Although, their journey to convince their elder family members was quite quarrelsome but, they won their hearts with their love.

Change in tradition

Now is the time that we all must understand that rituals are just to guide us and not to bind us. People made these traditions for their convenience and so, they should be used for the same without giving a feeling of burden of any of us. Many states of India are backward in language, studies and even earning capacity but, everyone known the changing environment around them.

Tamil Nadu is one such state which has shown tremendous development in the last few years. Tamil people are not only learning new things but, are finding a way to link up to the modern India. The young generation is one strong link to do so. But, the old age people also have to give up their stubborn traditions and see the other side of life. Our customs and traditions will always be with us but, our life will end soon if we will not enjoy it.

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JHATAKAM PORUTHAM: A TRADITION OR COMPULSION?

Marriage is a great decision between two people. In Tamil Nadu, families take this decision on behalf of the boy and girl with the help of matching their kundalis. Tamil people call it Jhatakam porutham and the astrologer decides the level of compatibility between the boy and girl. The consensus decides that the marriage should be taken forward or not. Every astrologer has a different and unique way to read the jhatakam and matching it. It is also termed as koota agreement.

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Porutham- in detail

The birth stars of the boy and girl are the mainstay of the entire study. In the ancient times, the poruthams were divided into 20 parts but, presently only 10 are been followed. As per these poruthams every person has a zodiac which is made up of 27 birth stars called as the nakshatras. The navgrahas of every person is influenced by the zodiac. The 10 kootas are as follows:

  • Rajju
  • Rasi
  • Ganam
  • Dinam
  • Yoni
  • Stree deergham
  • Vasya
  • Vedha
  • Rasiyathipaty
  • Mahendram

However, there are numerous methods of executing Jhatakam porutham by the astrologers. Most of the astrologers consider date of birth a major variant. This method is even followed in other parts of the country like Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, etc. Under this method, the date of birth, time and place of birth of the boy and girl are taken along to match with each other. With the help of this information, the rashi chart is prepared.

Significance of date, time & place

It is very important to know the right time, date and place of birth else, it can result in wrong interpretation and conclusions. With the help of expert astrologers who are well versed in this study, people can predict quiet well about the future of the two. Porutham can reveal lot many things about one’s character, whether it is the boy or the girl.

Matching porutham is a part of tradition in Tamil Nadu and as Tamil people respect their traditions, it becomes a compulsion for them to follow it in every marriage. On the basis of the rashi chart of the boy and girl, their properties are being checked and evaluated. This is even followed in love marriages wherein the vasya porutham is of major importance. However every kind of marriage requires the guidance of porutham to avoid any bad future situations.

Some people follow it as a tradition and some as a compulsion. Families which are orthodox and whose elder family members believe a lot in porutham sometimes follow this tradtion. The younger generation find it a burden to follow these old traditions in every marriage even when all the things seem to be fine. In the last few years, many changes have taken place in India and we are looking forward for more change. People are turning towards the modern India concept and coming out of these binding traditions. It is important to focus on the personality of the couples and not on what the stars say.

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Is matching Jhatakam Porutham necessary in Tamil marriages?

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.

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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.

Generation gap

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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