Love has no age limit and marriages are made in heaven! These two phrases have been proved right by an 80-year-old man who got married to his 76-year-old live-in partner on Tuesday at Pargiyapada village of Madri panchayat in remote Jhadol Phalasiya block of Udaipur. According to TOI report, the couple’s grand and great-grandchildren organized a lavish wedding for their grandparents.
Son of Deetaram, Devadas Kalasua was already married. But he had eloped with Magdu Bai from a neighbouring village and brought her to his home. And there he used to live with his first wife Champa Bai and children. After that Champa Bai shifted to Phalasiya to live with her sons. But Devadas continued to live with Magdu Bai at his ancestral home. However, both the wives were on talking terms and tolerant.
As per as the local customs their relationship had not gained social acceptance ‘Nyayvata’ and thus, the couple’s sons initiated for the rituals by making a proposal to their mother’s relatives back in her village. And the other party have accepted the proposal.
The ‘Bhanjana’ ritual was performed wherein the groom’s party went in a procession to the bride’s home on Tuesday. The groom’s party gave 50 kg of rice while the bride’s people in return offered 10 kg of rice. Then a feast was prepared for the guests.
Arjunlal, Devadas’ s son who is a schoolteacher, said that his parents had been longing for social acceptance of their relation.
However, until the customs were observed with mutual consent between the two parties and the panchayat members the community didn’t recognize such relationship. Devadas’s first wife initiated the rituals and gave her consent. However, the family members said she couldn’t take part in the ceremony because of ill health.