This marriage is pure monkey business!

June 24th, 2011 - 11:20 am ICT by IANS  

Jaipur, June 24 (IANS) When two simians wed, what does one term the union? Monkey business!

And so it shall be July 6, when three-year-old groom Raju, in typical north Indian fashion, rides a horse from Banetha town in Tonk district, some 100 km from Rajasthan capital Jaipur to bride Chinki’s house in Talwas village in neighbouring Bundi district.

What will follow will be the usual trappings of a Hindu wedding, including seven rounds of the fire and the marriage “vows”.

That’s not all!

“We have made all the preparations. Marriage invitations have been sent to hundreds of people. The priest had announced the wedding date in the engagement ceremony organized Tuesday,” Raju’s caretaker Ramesh told IANS.

He added that during the engagement ceremony, Raju sported brand new designer clothes and women from the town sang celebratory songs after the wedding date was announced. Turmeric was put on Raju’s body and he was bathed by the women of the family.

Gifts from the bride’s side, including Rs.5,100 in cash, gold and silver jewellery and clothes also arrived for the groom. He was made to wear the gold ring sent from the bride’s side.

The engagement ceremony attracted thousands of people from nearby villages.

“A group of about 100 people from Banetha will go to Talwas July 6 for the marriage,” said Ramesh.

Ramesh said that he had brought up Raju like a son. “I have trained Raju with such perfection that he behaves like a human. I always wanted to get him married like this,” he said.

Ramesh said he doesn’t have a son. “I want to enjoy the feelings of a son’s marriage through Raju’s wedding.”

He added that he had recently met Chinki’s caretaker, Niranjan Pancholi. “Nirajan made the marriage proposal for Raju and Chinki, which I happily accepted. We will bring Chinki to our house in Banetha after the wedding,” said a jubilant Ramesh.

Monkeys are considered holy by India’s majority Hindu community that associates them with the god Hanuman.

(Anil Sharma can be contacted at anil.s@ians.in)

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