Mazhaiyampattu village wore a festive look on Monday as the most-anticipated marriage — between a Neem and Peepal tree — was solemnised near Ulundurpet here on Monday.
Residents from 20 surrounding villages participated in the marriage ceremony, which was followed by a grand feast.
Villagers said, a priest during the consecration of the Angalamman Temple, a priest who visited the village noticed the intertwined Neem and Peepal trees, which existed for the past 15 years. He told the villagers if the two trees were married, it would make Mazhaiyampattu village and surrounding villages prosperous.
Heeding the advise of the priest, a few villagers collected money and conducted a betrothal ceremony on January 27 and scheduled the wedding for February 17.
On Monday, the ceremony was conducted after draping the trees with silk fabric. The marriage was solemnised at 10 am as the village priest tied the Mangalsutra on behalf of the bridegroom -- the Peepal tree. More than 1,500 villagers from 20 villages attended the ceremony.
The village representatives were divided in to two groups, one representing the bride (Neem) and another the bridegroom and gift money was collected by them.
Neem leaves were given as ‘thambulam’ to people who attended the marriage. Speaking to Express, a panchayat members said, the money collected would be spent on development work of the Angalamman Temple.