Gwalior, Mar 2 (ANI): As an effective cost cutting measure, a mass marriage ceremony was hosted here in which more than 1100 couples tied the knots.
A hallmark of this austere event organised by a voluntary body named Akhileshwar Trust was that a majority of the marriages solemnised happened to be inter-caste.
The tying of nuptial knots was witnessed by thousands of guests.
All the marriage arrangements were made by the organisers and every couple was also presented 'Mangalasutra' jewellery and rupees thirty five thousand to forty thousand.
"Today because of recession, the poor are becoming poorer and the rich are becoming richer. The rich organise their marriages in a lavish manner whereas the poor are unable to do so. Hence, our Trust is organising the marriage of girls from poor families," said Mahesh Mudgal, President, Akhileshwar Trust.
Incidentally, this was the twelfth inter-caste mass marriage ceremony organised by this philanthropic forum.
Group marriages are becoming very popular, especially among the economically backward sections, as these reduce the worries of financial implications among the parents or guardians of the brides. (ANI)