72 Hindu couples marry in mass wedding in Karachi – Pakistan

KARACHI: As many as 72 Hindu couples were married in a mass wedding ceremony hosted by the Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC) at the Railway Ground here on Sunday evening.

Every year for the past 14 years, MP Ramesh Kumar Vankvani, who is also the chief patron of PHC, has organized mass weddings for poor Hindu couples who cannot afford a big wedding on their own.

The couples in their bridal sets reached the ground in the afternoon and waited in enclosures 10 feet by 10 feet wide, or mandap as they are called, in two long rows inside a huge tent. White. They were there with their parents, their siblings, their families. In front of the huge tent was a scene where the model couple were to get married and the others in their enclosures were to follow step by step, watching on two large screens placed on either side of the aisles.

Most of the couples had come from Sindh. There were couples from Tando Allahyar, Mithi, Mirpukhas, Hyderabad, etc. There were also many that belonged to Karachi.

Laxman wore a heavy mirrored triangular crown on his head as he sat next to his bride to be Mehek in her pretty golden wedding dress. Laxman’s mother said it was her family’s first marriage because he was her eldest son. Meanwhile, Mehek’s sister, sitting next to her, informed that everyone on their side was already married because Mehek was the youngest in their family.

Laxman said he was happy that such a mass wedding could be arranged for people like him. “I work as a packer in a mobile phone company in Korangi. If I had been left to myself, I would have had to wait several more years to save and get married, ”he said.

Vickey and Nandni were owned by Ibrahim Hyderi. Vicky said he worked as a sweeper for the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation. “We have been engaged for three years. I have tried to save since our engagement but it was not enough. Ultimately, we decided to get married in a mass wedding, ”said Vicky.

Nandni’s mother had her youngest child, Krishan, five months old, on her lap. Her eyes got wet when someone said the bride was going to miss her little brother. ” But that’s life. Girls have to leave their parents’ house. I will miss my daughter too, we all will, ”she said.

Soon it was announced that they were going to start the marriage. Mahraj Pandit Jai Kumar Trivedi began to prepare the sacred fire around which the model couple were to make seven circumambulations. He explained that during the circumambulations or phere, as they are called, the bride is three times ahead of the groom, then four times the groom takes the lead, after which he applies the traditional sindhoor or red powder in his streak. hair and on his forehead as he puts the mangalsutra or sacred thread around his neck.

Other rituals include the reading of the mantra by the pundit, the lighting of incense sticks and the feeding of the ghee to the fire as well as the breaking of the coconut.

Sunil and Sapna were the lucky couple called by the number one mandap to take the stage as model groom and bride. Suddenly all eyes were on the very conscious groom in a glittery white sherwani and brown churidaar pajamas. He also held a sword to protect his beautiful bride in a black and gold sari with a red and green chunari above his head. She sat down next to him, her eyes thoughtfully lowered and her arms decorated in henna with golden bracelets delicately crossed over her knees.

After the wedding, each couple received pure silver jewelry, dishes, pots and pans, and a check to help them start their new lives.

MPA Mangla Sharma and several champions of interfaith harmony and minority rights also graced the occasion.

Posted in Dawn, le 10 January 2022

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