Berhampur, Oct 20 (LocalWire): There was no chanting of hymns or slokas by the priests and no light decoration in this uniting of two souls in holy matrimony. Guests instead of bringing gifts donated blood at a camp organized by the couple.
The young couple, 31-year-old Biplab Kumar, an employee of a medicine company and 23-year-old Aneeta, working as an auxiliary nurse midwife solemnized their marriage by garlanding one another at a Kalyan mandap and by taking oath on the Indian Constitution.
Bidyut Prabha Rath, a retired government employee and a writer, administrated the oath to the newlyweds, where they agreed to shun hatred and adhere to mutual understanding.
‘Our marriage without matching horoscopes, caste, taking dowry or chanting slokas will set an example for others to follow,’ the couple said.
‘I am a rationalist for the last 20 years and I don’t believe in traditional marriage where pundits chant slokas and hymns.
I decided to marry my son in such a way which will lead as an example,’ said Biplab’s father Mohan Rao, a retired government employee.
‘When such a proposal came from his side, I agreed,’ said Aneeta. ‘I am happy that we married in this manner,’ she added.
The couple organized a blood donation camp, where they donated blood first and then requested others to follow.
‘We thought of doing something different and therefore organized such a camp. We consulted friends and guardians and they readily agreed,’ said Biplab.
As many as 36 units of blood was collected on the occasion, sources said.
Members of Humanist and Rationalist Organisation and Association of Volunteer Blood Donors extended their help and lauded the steps taken by the couple to make their marriage ceremony remarkable.
‘It was an extraordinary step taken by the couple which will be remembered,’ said KN Senapati, secretary HRO, here.
‘There are only a few examples of couples organizing blood donation camps to celebrate their marriage.
I hope their example will prompt other youths to undertake similar steps during their wedding,’ said Jammula Suresh of AVBD unit here.