In a unique initiative, the pundits and priests of Sagar district have decided not to solemnise marriages, where people from bride or groom side is found in drunken state.
The priests said they would do so for the sake of preserving good values in the society although they would lose money.
The Pujari Union of Sagar recently held a meeting in which some senior leaders of the Brahmin community also participated and it was decided unanimously that the pundits will not solemnise marriages where people from either side (groom/bride) is found in a drunken state.
Recently there have been some cases in MP including a few in Sagar division where people in drunken state created ruckus during marriage ceremony and in some cases the brides even refused to perform marriage rituals and the marriage was called off.
The priests said it has become a custom, especially among youngsters, to consume liquor during wedding celebrations.
Shiv Prasad Tiwari, secretary, Pujari Union, said liquor consumption is a threat to our Vedic culture and traditions and our values as a whole.
He said the decision has been taken unanimously by all 550 members of the union in the district. He said people belonging to other castes have hailed the decision.
Bharat Tiwari, president, Bundelkhand Yuva Brahmin Samaj, said that his organization has also welcomed this decision. Venu Rana, president of the Kshatriya Samaj, also hailed the decision.