Meet the new age brides tying mangalsutras to grooms

At this unusual wedding, both the brides and the grooms, who belonged to different castes, decided on not having a 'shubh mahurat' (auspicious time) for their wedding ceremony.

Published: 14th March 2019 02:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th March 2019 02:59 PM   |  A+A-

One of the couples at the unusual wedding in Karnataka where the bride tied the mangalsutra, and not the groom! (Video screengrab)

One of the couples at the unusual wedding in Karnataka where the bride tied the mangalsutra, and not the groom! (Video screengrab)

By Online Desk

The times, they are a-changin, and with changing times, brides and grooms too have jumped onto the bandwagon of smashing traditional, patriarchal rituals. Two brides in Vijayapura district of Karnataka have become the flag-bearers of new-age wedding customs after they tied mangalsutras (the sacred marital thread in Hinduism) around their respective to-be husbands' necks.

At this unusual wedding, both the brides and the grooms, who belonged to different castes, decided on not having a 'shubh mahurat' (auspicious time) for their wedding ceremony.

The grooms, Amit and Prabhuraj, married Priya and Ankita, according to a 12th century tradition started by Shri Basavanna. Both couples believe in gender equality and wanted to send out a social message with their wedding.

Interestingly, this happened in a Lingayat heartland where, in the 12th century, Basavanna, a community icon, had preached the equality of men and women. The fathers of both the grooms are ardent followers of Basavanna. 

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