Nichaya Muhurtham (Proclamation of Betrothal)
The bride and groom are led to the ceremonial altar and platform by their parents and the pundits. There in the presence of all the guests, the chief pundit declares the commencement of the marriage rituals. The pundits introduce both the bride and the groom, tracing their respective lineage from the preceding three generations – their names and Gotra (clan). The names and the Gotras of the couple, their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents are recited. This announcement is considered as the proclamation of the betrothal and marks the commencement of the marriage ceremonies and the beginning of the Muhurtham.