Villagers of Kuruva and Kattikulam in Wayanad district on Monday witnessed a foreign couple tying the knot according to Hindu customs.
Eric Keller, 45, a businessman from Paris and, Anjalik Soudel, 27, a computer graphic designer from London, went round the ceremonial fire seven times and exchanged garlands amid chanting of hymns in the presence of a priest at a Ganesh temple on the premises of a resort on the banks of the Kabani. Eric was given a customary reception when he arrived on the temple premises on an elephant in traditional Hindu attire accompanied by a group of Kalarippattu artistes. Anjalik was also given a traditional welcome.
The marriage was the realisation of two-year love for the couple. Eric had visited the country two years ago and was impressed with the Hindu family traditions. “We are fond of the tradition as the bonds of marriage in India are stronger,” they said.
They reached Wayanad to make arrangements for the marriage 20 days ago. The couple personally invited over 700 families at Kattikulam and Kuruva villages.
A vegetarian feast was served for the villagers and the couple expressed thanks to each villager for their active participation.