Lans John Brendish (30) from Australia and Karin Gunthar (28) from Germany were christened Sridhar and Laxmi respectively for the wedding ceremony. Clad in a silk dhoti and saree, John and Karin sat before an 'Agnikunda'(fire) for nearly two and-a-half hours to complete the wedding process, which was held at 'Vasanth Mahal' adjacent to the famous Manjunatheshwara temple at Dharmastala. Dr S G Prasanna Aithal, Lecturer at Alva's College, Moodabidre and his father Prof S S Aithal were instrumental in getting them married. Prof Aithal performed the 'Kanyadaan', the tradition of a father giving his daughter to the groom. John's friend who participated in 'Laja Homa', became the 'brother of the bride'. Dr D Veerendra Heggade, Sri Kshetra Dharmastala Dharmadhikari, who was present at the wedding ceremony, blessed the couples. Karin's mother, aunt and friends attended the wedding, which was followed by a sumptuous meal in true Indian style.