Wedding Horse Dumps Groom, Bolts on Mumbai Sea Link

The robust, four-year-old mare, kept galloping on the 5.60 km long road bridge towards the south Worli arm.

Published: 26th June 2015 06:37 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th June 2015 06:37 PM   |  A+A-


MUMBAI: Afternoon motorists speeding along the Rajiv Gandhi Bandra Worli Sea Link were shocked and amused to see a different type of "four-wheeler" galloping along the southern carriageway.

A partly-decked glowing white mare named Payal, a 'Ghodi', who had run away from a wedding marquee near the Bandra branch of the Sea Link, bolted toward the bridge on Tuesday and before the security officials could react, she was happily trotting beside the traffic.

The robust, four-year-old mare, kept galloping on the 5.60 km long road bridge towards the south Worli arm with motorists slowing down to keep apace with the creature, craning their necks out of the cars, some clicking photos on their mobiles and managed to create quite a traffic snarl.

She gushed on for over 2 km before the Sea Link security cameras alerted the personnel who rushed to rein in her 'toll-free' passage!

After nearly half an hour, Payal was finally stopped in her tracks, calmed and brought under control by a couple of Israeli tourists, who alighted from their vehicles and along with security personnel, slowly guided her out of the speeding lanes.

Subsequently, it was revealed that the runaway horse was meant to transport the bridegroom in a traditional Indian wedding procession, but she was sulking after her handler whipped her and fled from the marquee.

The marriage party was aghast as the bridegroom was left high-and-dry and fuming without his traditional symbolic ride to the marriage pandal.

Animal rights activists criticised the manner in which horses and mares are ill-treated by handlers who hire them out for marriage functions.

The incident came to light after video clips of Payal's free run on the Sea Link were leaked to the media.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp