Tents were erected to decorate his house while the front wall had colorful painting with 'Chandramani Weds Subhasmita' written on it. The invitation cards were distributed and all the pre-wedding rituals also commenced.
However, destiny had other plans in store for Chandramani Nath of Nath Sahi in Asurali area under Kothar panchayat of Bhadrak district. The 28-year-old succumbed to Covid-19 just four days before his scheduled marriage on June 18, leaving his family, relatives and villagers in a state of shock and grief.
The wedding was initially fixed on June 11 but postponed to June 18 after Chandramani developed cold and fever.
"He was suffering from cold and fever following which he got himself tested for Covid-19. As after the test report came negative, he underwent another test and was subsequently tested positive on June 10. He isolated him and was in home treatment. He was also having medicines on the advice of the doctors at AIIMS," said Chandramani's younger brother.
"On June 13, he developed breathing issues following which a doctor was called upon for check-up. The next day, his oxygen saturation drastically fell and while we were preparing to shift him to hospital, he passed away," added the brother of the deceased.
"We had distributed the 'guas' for our son's marriage on June 11. However, after he tested Covid-19 positive, we postponed the date to June 18 and accordingly, informed the relatives. We had also made the payment of tent, cooks and other materials. But his health condition kept deteriorating and he left us," said the bereaved father of Chandramani.
Sarpanch of Kothar panchayat, Nimai Charan Nayak said, "The tents were already decorated, his wedding cards and 'guas' were distributed. All the marriage rituals had also started but he passed away after testing positive for Covid-19. His sudden death has left us in unbearable grief," the sarpanch added.
After Chandramani's death, no one from the village came forward to conduct his last rites. Later, the sarpanch and a medical team from the district administration conducted his funeral wearing PPE kits.
(Edited By Ramakant Biswas)