Sumangali Pooja is a very important and sacred function, which is performed according to certain traditions and procedures. Ascertaining the Kudumba Sampradayam (family tradition) and following it strictly is vital before performing this ritual. The sumangalies should be in numbers 3, 5, 7, and 9 and be given til (sesame seed) oil, shikhakai (traditional shrub used for head bath) and thaila chhakkai to prepare for the Pooja.
All of them are required to have an oil bath and wear 9 yards of madi-saree before joining the proceedings. A kuthu vilakku (5-faced lamp) is lit just before the Pooja is performed, and after the ceremony, the family members offer prayers to the departed souls. This ritual is also considered a thanksgiving and group prarthanai (prayer) for the mother.
Performing Sumangali Pooja can:
- Invokes blessings of ancestral women.
- Brings about auspicious events in the family.
- Women pray for a blissful married life.
- Performed before any ceremony or function.