Two men ‘marry’ each other to appease rain gods in Madhya Pradesh

The locals witnessed an unusual sight in their neighborhood when two men, dressed in traditional wedding dress, married each other in front of a large crowd of their kith and kind to appease the rain gods.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: August 5, 2017 10:21 am
The efficacy of such a ritual in bringing showers to a drought hit region is to be judged by one’s own faculty of reason but if sources are to be believed, it rained during the wedding.  (Photo: ANI)

Two men in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore married each other in a symbolic gesture to ‘appease the rain gods.’  The rituals were conducted even as several districts of the state are reported to have a rainfall deficit. The efficacy of such a ritual in bringing showers is doubted but it reportedly rained during the wedding.

Locals witnessed the two men, dressed in traditional wedding attire, putting garlands on each other and circling the ceremonial fire. The Times of India reported that there was a ‘proper baraat and the usual dancing to Bollywood numbers as the marriage possession passed through the main roads of the locality.’

“There was no bride. Both Sakaram and Rakesh were grooms in this marriage. They tied the knot as a gesture to draw Indradev’s attention for good rain on Indore,” Ramesh Singh Tomar, the organizer, told the newspaper. Tomar said that Indians have taken to western culture and same-sex marriages and live-in relationships are now a common feature. “It gave me the idea of performing a marriage between two men as a gesture to please the gods for rainfall,” he said. Post the rituals, the two men returned to their wives.

Responding to reports of drought in the state, Union Minister Uma Bharati had earlier stated that her ministry has proposed to irrigate 1,71,030 hectares and 68,007 hectares of land in areas of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh falling in the Bundelkhand region under the incentivisation scheme for bridging irrigation gap. The scheme will benefit Jhansi, Jalaun, Hamirpur, Lalitpur and Banda districts of Uttar Pradesh and Tikamgarh and Datia districts of Madhya Pradesh, she added.

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  1. B
    Aug 5, 2017 at 3:35 pm
    It happened in BJP governed Madhya Pradesh also. Same marriage is no more a crime in India. Two prominent Gujarati men are married with each other since long and they are very happy.
    1. Venkateshan Chandramouli
      Aug 5, 2017 at 3:01 pm
      Stop publishing this kind of useless news and avoid useless debates. Every society will have age old customs which may not make any sense to the so called modern minds. When gays marry openly they say cheers and call it scientific revolution. When something happens due to age old customs they blame it on the party whom they dont like.
      1. R
        Aug 5, 2017 at 1:09 pm
        now new branch will be created by feku called -GA YRAKSHAKS
        1. Y
          yash sehgal
          Aug 5, 2017 at 1:01 pm
          But who is 'dulhan'or bride of the two? Both r grooms. So much shame..!! When hindus will forgo their supers ions? These r the reasons hindus r mocked at. Do Hindu gurus or gurughantaals listen? Is their anybody to tab them?
          1. D
            Aug 5, 2017 at 12:22 pm
            Hindu g a y sh it .well done !
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