Two young Swedish women marry in Agra

November 2nd, 2008 - 12:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Agra, Nov 2 (IANS) Two young Swedish women, who were living together in New Delhi for the past one year, married in traditional Hindu style at a temple here, a priest said.According to Baba Dharam Das, who conducted the marriage Saturday at a temple in Agra Cantonment, an autorickshaw driver brought the two women to the temple and persuaded him to get them married according to Vedic rites.

The autorickshaw driver made arrangements for the marriage in which Sandra, who played the husband, put vermillion on the forehead of Sara, who played the wife’s role.

A large crowd collected at the Shiva temple to witness the unusual marriage.

The couple told the photographers and mediapersons after the marriage that the two were living together for a year in Vasant Vihar area of Delhi and were deeply in love. They said they wanted to get married in Agra, which is home to the Taj Mahal - the monument of love.

The duo arrived in Agra Friday and on Saturday, they started contacting people to help them get married. An autorickshaw driver agreed to work it out after a few other temples had refused to entertain their request.

Dharam Das told them that such a marriage was not recognised in Hinduism. But they claimed that in their society and country it was legal.

Mahant Yogesh Puri of the Mankameshwar temple said: “Foreigners are mocking our system and misusing the liberal parameters. Such waywardness should be stopped.”

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