Jaipur, Feb 20: In what can be said as a momentous step to prevail peace at the cross-border between India and Pakistan, two Rajput royals of the neigbouring nations got bonded in the forever bond of matrimony.
According to a report published in TOI, the scions of two prominent Rajput families from India and Pakistan tied the knot in Jaipur's Narain Niwas Palace heritage hotel on Friday, Feb 20.
The wedding ceremony took place in traditional Rajasthani style. Over 300 baratis had attended the rare matrimonial alliance across the border.
Kunwar Karni Singh Sodha: The Royal groom and his legacy
The scion of the only Hindu Rajput clan, Kunwar Karni Singh Sodha, a lawyer by profession, hails from the royal and leading political family of Umerkot, Pakistan and has much influence in the country's Hindu-dominated Tharparkar region adjoining Rajasthan.
Karni Singh's father, Rana Hamir Singh is a politician from Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and his wife Rani Nalini Prabha hails from Ajmer royal family.
While saying that the marital ties are better ways to bridge the gulf between the two countries, he said, "Several relatives of Padmini are married into Sodha family."
Karni's grandfather, Rana Chandra Singh (1931-2009), was a founding member of the PPP and served as a federal minister. He also founded Pakistan Hindu Party. His wife Rajmata Sahiba Subhdra Kumari belonged to Bikaner, Rajasthan.
Sodhas sisters are married to the Indian Rajputs.
They own the famous Umerkot Fort where the great Mughal Emperor Akbar was born. In 1540, Sodhas had given refuge to Akbar's father Humayun and his pregnant wife, when he was ousted by Sher Shah Suri.
Padmini Singh Rathore: The Royal bride
Padmini Singh Rathore hails from the royal Rajput family of Kanota and is a descendant of erstwhile Jaipur state force commander General Amar Singh.
Her father Thakur Man Singh Rathore owns the Narain Niwas Palace Hotel in Jaipur and hotel Castle Kanota in his principality, Kanota.
Padmini, who has played Cricket at state and national level, was quoted saying as to the TOI, "It is an arranged marriage and a girl takes time to acquaint herself with her in-laws and husband. I will settle with my husband at Umerkot in Pakistan after I get the visa.''
Pyaar Border Paar
According to a blog written by Beena Sarwar, the "Tikka" ceremony of the princely couple was held on Dec 7, 2014 in Pakistan. Their engagement or the "Roka" ceremony took place on June 10, 2014, five days after they met for the first time on June 5, 2014.
Hope their matrimonial alliance also sends a strong message of peace at both sides of the India-Pakistan border.