By Hrusikesh Mohanty
Berhampur, Jan 26 (LocalWire) It was a marriage sans big procession, band music and fire crackers. Neither bride nor groom had special wedding attires. The pundit also did not chant any shloka to perform rituals.
A young couple in Berhampur tied the knots on Friday promising to lead their happy and undisputed conjugal lives in the name of the Indian Constitution.
Computer research scholar Pruthwik Mishra (30) and Political Science lecturer Mandakini Panda (30), opted for a simple wedding to propagate secularism in marriage as per the constitution,
The newly-weds hosted their wedding reception with limited number of friends, family members and well wishers.
Earlier on Thursday, they registered their marriage as per the Marriage Act.
Mishra, son of Bidyutprabha Rath, a government servant and an Odia novel writer, works at Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Hyderabad, while Panda, daughter of Bairagi Charan Panda, a priest at Cuttack, is a lecturer at KSUB College, Bhanjanagara in Ganjam district.
They fell in love three years back when Panda was working as a lecturer in Khallikote autonomous college here.
“We decided to hold our marriage in a simple manner without much expenditure and set an example to others,” said Mishra.
Both the families said they are happy with the couple’s decision.
“I am happy with the decision of my son. Constitution is like a holy book
for us. We have to abide by its rules and principles,” said Rath.
Several dignitaries, including members of Humanist and Rationalist Organisation (HRO) Berhampur unit, attended in the wedding reception.
“It’s an ideal marriage on principles of a rationalist. It was a marriage of two persons irrespective of their castes, status and without dowry,” said HRO’s Berhampur unit secretary K. Nandeshu Senapati.