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A happy event across faiths

G.V. Ramana Rao

VIJAYAWADA: A Muslim groom married a Christian bride in a Hindu temple by tying a `mangalasutram' near here on Monday.

Abbas, an executive with a cellular phone company, and Bhavani, lived in the same neighbourhood of Krishna Lanka. The two, belonging to different faiths, wanted to get married. The Muslim and the Dalit Christian told their elders about their plans. Abbas' father is no more, and his brother opposed the marraiage. The parents of Bhavani also disfavoured the move.

But the couple decided to get married at the Kanakadurga temple. Wearing new clothes, they went to the temple atop the Indrakeeladri Hill and purchased a marriage ticket from the counter. On producing the ticket, a pundit chanted mantras and the groom tied the knot: the couple were married.

The day ended on an even happier note when friends prevailed on the elders to accept the marriage. The bride's father, Bangarayya, took the initiative to arrange for a pastor to solemnise the wedding at his home in Vemuvari Street in Krishna Lanka. The groom's mother, Mira Be, attended the ceremony and blessed the couple.

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