At Janardhana Reddy’s daughter’s wedding, Samba dancers, seers of 30 mutts come together in ‘Hampi village’
Mining baron and former Karnataka minister Janardhana Reddy’s daughter’s much-discussed wedding finally took off early on Wednesday with special poojas in famous temples.
Twenty one-year-old Brahmani, a BBM graduate, got married to 25-year-old Rajiv Reddy, son of Hyderabad-based businessman Vikram Deva Reddy. Vikram Reddy is a highly successful industrialist with businesses abroad as well, and Rajiv apparently works at his father’s overseas operations (which is widely rumoured to be mining in Africa).
The venue was created in Bengaluru’s Palace Grounds in the form of some ruins of the Vijayanagara empire, which was based in Hampi.
A massive set designed by art director Shashidhar Adapa was erected to resemble a cinematic rural paradise filled with quaint villages, temples, markets and homes. In the fake village, there was space to play games such as tiger fight, hopscotch and, puzzlingly, throwball. People in rural costumes were also placed around the venue to give it more authenticity.
Multiple ceremonies held over four days were attended by around 50,000 people. Among those who attended were several politicians, celebrities and even Karnataka Governor Vaju Bhai Vala, according to The News Minute.
On the day of the wedding ceremony, special poojas were offered early in the day.
Brahmani and Rajeev went up to the kalyana mantapa in a procession in a horse-drawn chariot, while Janardhan Reddy’s close associate B Sriramulu and over 100 cultural troops, including Brazilian samba dancers, kamsale, nandikolu kunita, tribal dance troupes led them.
The procession took the couple right up to the mantapa, which was fashioned in the manner of the Tirupati Tirumala temple, including the famed temple’s seven doors.
Rajeev and Brahmani exchanged rings and the ceremony began as eight chief priests of the Tirupati temple conducted the ceremony for the couple according to the Dhanurlagna muhurtha. It began at 9.45 am and went on until 10.15 am. As the ceremony was conducted, temples in Udupi, Savadatti, Kolhapur, Banashankri and Tirupati offered special poojas.
Seers of around 30 mutts were seated on a platform, below which the couple and their families were seated for the ceremony.
Arrangements for the guests included an eating area that could seat 7,000 people at a time for the wedding lunch. A separate seating area was set up to serve lunch to 1,500 VIPs. Around 60 dishes are said to have been part of the menu.
After the wedding, the couple and their families will fly to Ballari in two special planes at 3.30 pm that can seat 90 people each. In Ballari too, the couple is expected to go around the town in a procession.
Some claim the wedding’s expenditure was Rs 550 crore, while other reports estimated it at Rs 100-200 crore. Many political leaders were told by party leaderships to stay away from the event to avoid scandal.