The wedding royale

  • Saeed Khan, Maheshwar
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  • Updated: Feb 24, 2006 23:44 IST

The royal variant of the ‘think global, act local’ dictum, however, went off flawlessly when Sabrina Sanyogita Holkar, a scion of the erstwhile ruling family of Indore, married Ari Ellis, a New York-based realtor of Jewish-American parentage at a simple ceremony at Maheshwar, the former capital of the Holkars.

The twenty-something duo met in New York where Sabrina was working for an NGO around two years ago. The wedding, performed according to Hindu rites, was a simple affair for close family and friends. Sabrina’s parents Richard Holkar and Shalini Devi, Kanakdari and David Ellis, Richard’s half-sister Maharani Usha Raje, and the bride’s uncle Vijayendra Ghatge represented the family.

Maharaj Gaj Singh of Jodhpur, Jim and Tia Edwards (owners of the Tiger Tops resort at Corbett Park) and Muzaffar Ali were the other celebs who graced the event.

The wedding was held at Maheshwar Fort’s Ahilyeshwar Temple, named after Ahilya Devi, a Holkar queen who is venerated as a goddess incarnate.

Preference was accorded to floral arrangements, (roses, rajnigandha and marigold) and Rangoli for aesthetics. The accent was clearly on Holkar, read Marathi, tradition.

The bride was decked up in traditional bridal finery and sported a red nav-wari (nine-yard) sari that was worn by her mother Shalini Devi at her marriage. Ellis also went ethnic although his attire was of the northern variety, a churidar-
sherwani combination topped by Maratha headgear.

The food, too, had a Maharashtrian flavour, although concessions have been made for the Continental tastes of the groom and his family.

Today’s proceedings began with a visit to the Baaneshwar Temple in the middle of the Narmada by the bride, her brother and parents in two boats from the Maheshwar Fort while half-a-dozen baraatis travelled to the temple from the specially designed camps on the bank facing the Fort.

After a Shiv Puja and exchanging of garlands, the couple-to-be travelled to the baraat camp for light refreshments. This was followed by pheras, satpadi, jhalak and other ceremonies typical of Marathi weddings.

After the conclusion of these ceremonies both the parties travelled across the Narmada where they were showered with flower petals and proceeded to a dinner hosted by the groom’s parents. 

The bride and groom retired to spend the night at the ten-roomed fort. The duo along with the baraat contingent will depart for Goa tomorrow where a reception is scheduled at Solar Souto, a heritage property at Maior on the outskirts on February 24.


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