Puri/Malkangiri: Marriages are made in heaven and solemnized on earth with love. The saying couldn't have been proven truer with anything than the story of two couples who broke geographical and ideological boundaries to unite.
He was dressed in sherwani and reciting Jagannath Jananas while with her mehendi, vermillion and Mangal Sutra she wore a resplendent look as the temple purohit continued to perform all Vedic rituals of marriage.
Well, this is no ordinary Indian marriage but the union of foreign nationals-Roman and Natalie, natives from far off Russia who chose to tie the nuptial knot as per full Hindu customs.
As the report goes by, the two had adopted Vaishnavism some years ago after being inspired by the grandeur of Hinduism, and it was Janmashtami celebration in Moscow, when they met and fell for each other.
As they decided to get married, the enamoured couple couldn't find a better location than Puri, the abode of Lord Jagannath who they said, was their real matchmaker. They finally solemnized their union and swore to be together until the end last Tuesday at Ganga Mata Mutt in the pilgrim town.
Pratap Chandra Dash, the Purohit of the mutt who solemnised their marriage said, "I am really happy to see the couple. They changed their religion and got married as per our tradition. Their chemistry is worth watching too."
A hotel staff, Divya Prakash Mohapatra said, "They were originally Christians. To come from a far place like Moscow and not only accept our religion and culture but to implement it in their life is heartening to see."
While Roman and Natalie broke the barriers of religion to get together, to mark the week of love in the run up to the Valentine's Day, an LGBT couple in the Malkangiri broke the stereotype and got married after one of them changed her sex and became a male.
At a time when our countrymen are yet to come to terms to the idea of same sex marriage following the abolishment of Section 377 by the Supreme Court, the couple in Malkangiri have set an example for other such couples by going against the tide.
Reports suggest the girls fell in love with each other while studying Engineering in Bhubaneswar a couple of years back. Their orthodox families didn't approve of their same sex wedding, so one of them decided to go under the knives and turn herself into a man in Delhi.
The sex change procedure that turned 'her' into 'him' costed more than 6 Lakh Rupees. Following the procedure their parents agreed and married them off in Delhi.