Dharmasthala witness mass marriage ceremony
The town witnessed an annual free mass marriage ceremony on Sunday April 29 2018. On the auspicious muhurtha of Godhooli Lagna, around 131 couples entered a wedlock.
During this 47th ceremony of mass marriage, Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala D Veerendra Heggade distributed saree and blouse piece to the bride and Dhoti, shirt and shawl to the bridegroom since the morning of Sunday.
There the ‘Mangalsutras’ were distributed by Veerendra Heggade, Hemavathi Heggade, cine actor Sudeep and other distinguished guests.
The couples were asked to take oath in front of holy fire. Post the solemnization of marriage, the newlywed couples were served food at the Annapoorna Chathra and proceeded to their respective native places.
Speaking to the press and couples, Dharmadhikari D Veerendra Heggade, said, “It is really appreciable that 23 couples have had inter-caste marriages. Due to various reasons, it is difficult to get married after a man or woman reaches relatively old age. The couples have to lead their married life with love, faith and mutual trust. Divorce is not the solution. Sanctity of marriage and respect for life need to be safeguarded.”
Adding glamour to the event, Sandalwood actor Sudeep attended the ceremony and blessed the couples.
Manoj Kumar Mehta, joint president of Birla group greeted the couples.
Hemavathi V Heggade, D Surendra Kumar, D Harshendra Kumar, Priya Sudeep and MLA Vasant Bangera were present.