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Dia Mirza wedding solemnised by a female priest, actor says ‘we said no to Kanyadaan and Bidaai’

Bollywood actor Dia Mirza thanked Sheela Atta, the woman priest who performed her wedding ceremony, with a social media post. The actor married Vaibhav Rekhi on February 15.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 18, 2021 12:19:30 pm
dia mirza weddingDia Mirza got married to Vaibhav Rekhi on February 15. (photo: Dia Mirza/Twitter)

Bollywood actor Dia Mirza tied the knot with businessman Vaibhav Rekhi on February 15 in a close-knit ceremony in Mumbai. As soon as the actor shared photos of her wedding ceremony, she was showered with blessings and good wishes, but many of her followers were quick to point out that the actor’s Hindu wedding rituals were being performed by a priestess.

The Thappad actor took to Twitter on Wednesday and thanked the woman priest Sheela Atta for conducting the holy ceremony. Dia shared, “Thank you Sheela Atta for conducting our wedding ceremony. So proud that together we can #RiseUp #GenerationEquality”.

Traditionally, Hindu wedding ceremonies are usually been performed by male priests.

Dia shared another note about her wedding ceremony on Thursday where she shared that the “highest point” for the couple was the “Vedic ceremony conducted by a woman priest!”

 

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A portion of her note read, “The highest point for us was the Vedic ceremony conducted by a woman priest! I had never seen a woman performing a wedding ceremony until I attended my childhood friend Ananya’s wedding a few years ago. Ananya’s wedding gift to Vaibhav and me was to bring Sheela Atta who is her aunt and also a priestess, to perform the ceremony for us. She also painstakingly went through several hours of training to imbibe the essence of the scriptures so that she could assist Sheela Atta and translate the shlokas! It was such a privilege and a joy to be married this way! We do hope with all our heart that many more couples make this choice. For it is a woman’s soul that contains love, wonder, benediction, magical energy, tenderness and deep empathy for all that lives. It is time for women to own their own agency, their divinity, their power and to redefine what is old and birth what is new. As Charles Bukowski said, “there is no lie in their fire.” So what can be more uplifting and empowering than to see the sacred fire within a woman’s heart and soul taking centre stage at a wedding? I am still overwhelmed by the magic of this one moment.”

She also shared that they decided to not perform ceremonies like ‘kanyadaan’ and ‘bidaai’. Dia shared, “Also, we said NO to ‘Kanyadaan’ and ‘Bidaai’ change begins with choice doesn’t it?”

Dia’s wedding was attended by actors like Aditi Rao Hydari and Jackky Bhagnani. The Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein actor had earlier shared the photos of her wedding with the caption, “Love is a full-circle that we call home. And what a miracle it is to hear its knock, open the door and be found by it. Sharing this moment of completion and joy with you..my extended family. May all puzzles find their missing pieces, may all hearts heal and may the miracle of love continue to unfold all around us ❤️🙏🏻 #ThankYouPreeta #SunsetKeDiVaNe.”

It was earlier reported that Dia and Vaibhav met during the lockdown and kept their relationship under the wraps.

On the work front, Dia was last seen in the Anubhav Sinha film Thappad. Her work in the ZEE5 web series Kaafir was also quite appreciated.

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