Day of joy, celebration for disabled couples at a mass wedding in Udaipur

Most of the couples, from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, underwent free corrective surgery at Narayan Seva Sansthan Hospital.

Most of the couples, from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, underwent free corrective surgery at Narayan Seva Sansthan Hospital.

As many as 50 disabled and disadvantaged couples tied the knot in a mass wedding ceremony in Udaipur on Monday, while spreading the message of environmental protection. Newly married couples were given saplings to plant outside their homes and trash cans to maintain cleanliness.

Most of the couples, from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, underwent free corrective surgery at the hospital in Narayan Seva Sansthan (NSS), a philanthropic institution, which organized the ceremony. This was the 38th mass wedding ceremony in Udaipur, in which the celebrations were held like any other wedding, with all the rituals and processions.

The newlyweds garlanded themselves on the stage under a shower of rose petals and the pandal at Seva Mahatirtha resounded with applause and greetings. Marriages were solemnized with the recitation of Vedic mantras and observance of rituals, including to run and henna ceremony.

NSS founding president Kailash Manav said the disabled men and women had found their soul mates and got married with the support of the charity, which developed their skills after their corrective surgeries and enabled them earn a sustainable living through work. oriented training.

Among the couples, some had disabilities of the legs and others of the arms, while a few couples included a disabled partner and a normal partner. Guests who attended the ceremony presented clothes and jewelry to the couples. The NSS also provided complete household items to each couple with the help of donors.

Industry Minister Shakuntala Rawat, who was the chief guest at the ceremony, said disabled couples will enjoy a healthy and prosperous married life with the help of society as a whole. Others present at the occasion included the CEO of the Heritage Conservation and Development Authority of Rajasthan, Tikam Chand Bohra, and the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Devasthan, Deepika Meghwal.

NSS Chairman Prashant Agarwal said it was the 20th year of the institution’s flagship campaign against dowry with regular mass wedding ceremonies being held. Several of the couples were qualified through Sansthan’s vocational training programs and a few of them had been recruited into the NSS for jobs that matched their abilities, he said.

The goals of the mass weddings were social inclusion, an accessible atmosphere and the responsibility of every person with a disability to help couples lead normal lives and be part of society at large, Agarwal said.

The NSS undertook activities such as distribution of artificial limbs, corrective surgery, skills education, health care support, provision of free food and talent development as well as mass marriage ceremonies for people with disabilities. The institution has also launched the World of Humanity Foundation to develop their skills.

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