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This marriage honours Indian Constitution

Bijay Bohidar with the couple in Berhampur on Friday.  

A unique marriage ceremony was solemnised in Odisha’s Berhampur on Friday, the eve of Republic Day.

Mandakini Panda and Prithwik Mishra took wedding vows in the name of Indian Constitution for togetherness as well as well-being of the nation and society.

The ceremony, attended by friends and relatives, was conducted after a registered marriage. Retired professor Bijay Bohidar helped the couple take wedding vows.

The groom’s mother, Bidhuprabha Rath of Berhampur, is a rationalist. Mr. Mishra is a technocrat, while Ms. Panda is a lecturer of political science in a Bhanjanagar college.

Ms. Panda hails from an agrarian family from Cuttack and her father Bairagi Charan Panda is a priest. Mr. Panda and his wife Parbati Panda said that they had no qualms about this ‘ritual-less’ wedding. “Whatever the form of the ceremony, a marriage is successful if the couple lives in peace and joy,” he added.

The Humanist and Rationalist Organisation of Odisha extended its support to this unique ceremony aimed at creating awareness against unnecessary expenses, ‘illogical’ rituals and social vices connected with Indian marriages. HRO State secretary Raja Suresh said this will motivate other couples to follow suit.

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