‘Kanyadaan’, which means ‘giving away the bride’ is a part of a wedding ritual which is still practiced by many.
Kanyadaan is considered as the most saintly deed, but Sahasrabuddhe and Chauthaiwale, from Nagpur do not agree.
Especially the groom’s mother Nayana Sahasrabuddhe
“I believe that a Kanya is not a commodity to be given away as daan . The ritual also takes away all sense of agency from the bride and is as though her parents are abdicating custody of her,” Ms. Sahasrabuddhe told The Hindu.
Ashay, son of BJP vice president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and Shivada, the niece of BJP’s foreign affairs cell head, Vijay Chauthaiwale and daughter of Shreya and Shriram Chauthaiwale tied the knot which was officiated over by a female priest.
The bride’s parents were quite doubtful about skipping the sankar, but Mr. Vijay Chauthaiwale, the bride’s uncle, persuaded them to take the decision. Both the families got in touch with Padma Kasalikar, a priestess adept at Hindu rituals. "There are almost 1000-2000 women priests but not all of them can perform wedding rituals, some stick to smaller pooja," said Kasalikar.
“Normally I do tell the families that Kanyadan is an essential part of the ceremony, but in this case, the two sides were quite firm,” she added.
We hope that this story becomes an inspiration for many in the upcoming years.
Here are some of the pics from the wedding:
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Information source: thehindu
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