Monday Jan 20, 2020
In a big step towards religious harmony, a Hindu couple in the Kayamkulam town in India's Kerala state tied the knot in holy matrimony in the most unusual of places.
The couple, Sarath Sasi and Anju Ashok, held their wedding at the Cheravally Muslim Jamaath mosque in Kerala, where a Hindu priest oversaw the ceremonies and solemnised the marriage as per Hindu rituals.
According to Indian media, the mosque committee had set up and decorated the mandap — a covered structure with pillars under which the main Hindu wedding ceremonies and rituals take place. Members of both the religious communities turned up in large numbers to attend the event.
As per reports, the bride’s mother, on a neighbour’s advice, had approached the mosque to host her daughter’s wedding due to financial constraints.
“She came to my house seeking help for conducting the marriage. She gave a letter, which I presented to the Jamaath committee. We decided to help the family conduct the marriage,” Nujumudeen Alummoottil, secretary of Cheravally Muslim Jamaat Committee told Indian news agency ANI.
The mosque committee not only helped provide a venue for the event but also gifted the couple 10 gold souvenirs and 200,000 Indian Rupees, and took care of other wedding expenses.
The committee also served vegetarian meals to around 1,000 guests at the wedding.
The family added that they were very thankful to the Jamaath committee for hosting their wedding.