VADODARA / ANAND: And you thought the big, fat NRI wedding could not get any bigger! How about an entire new village being erected on a 15-acre plot? Shahpur village in Anand district is all decked up to host an NRI wedding, a seven-day ceremony. A special village called 'Gamadiyo Gam' has been erected on a sprawling plot. It will have temporary huts and dry grass stacks, decorated with earthen pots and traditional lanterns. An estimated 25,000 guests will be served traditional cuisine here.
The NRI couple - bride Jasmin Patel and groom Ankit Patel - will get married on December 29, but the ceremony will conclude only on January 1, after 10 more weddings of couples from the village are solemnised in a 'samooh lagna' at the same venue. This is an initiative of New Jersey-based Vinod Patel who, apart from fulfilling his daughter's dream, will also bear the expenses of the mass weddings.
"The 10 couples will take their wedding vows at the same venue where my daughter is getting married. They will get blessings from religious leaders of BAPS, Yogi Divine Society and other sects," says Patel, who has taken care that only 'gamthi bhojan' is served on Sunday night during 'mehendi' and sangeet ceremony and only folk songs are rendered during 'garba and raas' programme on Monday night. While Tuesday is devoted to traditional rituals, the entire village has been invited for the wedding ceremony on Wednesday.
"The wedding will happen in complete vedic style. Those arriving from the US will be given an English translation of the 'shlokas' and 'mantras'," says Patel. The marriage procession will comprise of palkis, horse buggies, bullock-driven chariots, camel carts and elephants, and the performers will only dance in 'rajwadi' style. None of the 14 meals served during the wedding ceremony will contain any refrigerated item, said Patel who is happy that his daughter has chosen the wedding to be performed in a traditional way.