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Get married Hindu way, stay together forever, says Israeli couple

Written by: Staff

Varanasi, May 13 (UNI) Varanasi witnessed a unique marriage, when an Israeli couple tied the knot following all the Vedic rituals in a temple here.

Eighteen-year-old Moran, looking perfect as an Indian bride- in signature Banarasi saree and jeweller, married Elad (25), dressed in silk Kurta and Pyjamas in a temple at Dwashashamedh Ghat here last night.

The marriage was solemnised in 'Vedic Riti' by Pandit Hiranand Pandey. They also performed Ganga Pujan at the banks the river and celebrated their marriage by lighting the auspicious 11 'diyas.' (easthen lamps).

''We came here on a pleasure trip two months back and fell in love with Lord Shiva's abode. One of the countless splendours that caught our imagination was the colourful Hindu marriage. believed to bestow everlasting nuptial bliss,'' said Elad and Moran, talking to UNI after the wedding ceremony.

So ''we decided to get married the Hindu way to provide permanence to our marital life, especially at a time when marriages in west are becoming fragile,'' they added.

However, the marriage that started at 2055 hrs was over just in an hour, unlike the usual elaborate marriage ceremony which takes at least two to three hours.

''As both the bride and groom were unable to repeat the mantras in chaste sanskrit, we decided to conduct a short cut Vedic marriage following the most essential steps as advocated by the Shastras in such cases,'' said the priest, Pandit Pandey.

The marriage, conducted in front of the idols of Shiva, Durga and Hanuman, was attended by, three of the couple's friends, including Nicole, a Canadian environmental science student, Todd, a psychologist with Australian Railways and Yuki, a Japanese.

Earlier, an Israeli couple Edi and Raaz, had opted for a Hindu marriage inside a Shiva temple in the same Dwashashamedh area in August 2004,'' recounted veteran scribe Amitabh Bhattacharya.

This perhaps is the best example of the growing cultural proximity between India and Israel, he added.

Besides the Vedic rituals, the puffs of typical local 'Bidi' for Elad, and lip-smacking Kheermohan (a sweetmeat) provided the unrivalled Banarasi touch to the marriage.

''We are in love with Shiva and his abode Varanasi and will certainly settle here forever, but only after earning sufficient money,'' said the newly-married couple from Tel Aviv, contrary to the spirit of Banaras that prefers Masti (fun) to money.


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