The 41st two-day collective wedding ceremony of economically disadvantaged and differently-abled youth, organized by Narayan Seva Sansthan, commenced on Saturday with the installation of Ganpati at the Mahatirtha. At 5:30 in the evening, a procession of 51 couples, accompanied by bands, proceeded through the main streets of the city in beautifully decorated carriages, starting from the municipal courtyard and reaching back to the municipal premises via Sunarpol, Bapu Bazaar, and Dehli Gate. Various social and commercial organizations had set up welcome gates and refreshment counters along the route for the reception of the procession.
Founder Chairman Kailash 'Manav', President Prashant Agrawal, Vandana Agrawal, Kamala Devi Agrawal, Devendra Chaubisa, along with the brides and grooms, displayed flags and commenced the procession amidst colorful fireworks. A large number of guests and practitioners of the institution danced and swayed to the sweet melodies played by the band members as the carriages of the couples moved ahead. The atmosphere was such that even passersby couldn't resist joining in the dance.
Sansthan President Prashant Agrawal mentioned that after the Ganpati Vandana in the morning session, traditional ceremonies of haldi and mehndi were performed to the accompaniment of melodious music. During this time, donors and relatives of the couples danced enthusiastically in the pandal. Following this, special guests of the ceremony including former MLA Gyan Dev Ahuja, Sohan Chadda from America, Kunwarbhai from Mombasa, Mahesh Agrawal and Gopal Khetan from Mumbai, and Anand Parataniya from Odisha, along with hundreds of philanthropists and brides, were honored.
He said that the solemnization ceremony of all 51 couples would commence on Sunday morning at 11:00 AM in the large village premises of the institution, along with various traditional rituals. All couples will be given household items as gifts during the farewell.