Sarojini Nimbalkar, 28, daughter of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) minister Ramraje Nimbalkar, one of the prominent royal families of Maharashtra is getting engaged to Rahul Narvekar of the Shiv Sena on Saturday.
Expected to be a grand affair, the engagement is the first function to be held at the 209-year-old Mudhoji Manmohan Palace at Phaltan since 1953.
Nearly 500 guests including the who’s who of Maharashtra’s royal families will attend the function.
“It is a completely personal and apolitical alliance,” said 34-year-old groom. “The alliance came through a common family friend in Delhi and we decided to go ahead with it two months ago.”
After the wedding, which will be held in March 2013, the couple plans to live in Mumbai, said Narvekar.
Speaking of the political implications, bride’s uncle Raghunathraje Nimbalkar said the alliance came through with the support of NCP chief Sharad Pawar and senior Sena leader Manohar Joshi.
“We are close to the Pawar family and, in fact, the alliance happened with their support,” Nimbalkar said.
“I knew both the families and played a small role,” said Joshi.
“We are a modern royal family and it is the third inter-caste marriage in the family,” said Nimbalkar.
“We decided to have this function at the palace because we have not had a function here since my parents’ wedding.”
The Nimbalkar family is related to the family of Shivaji, the Maratha warrior.
The palace, which is located at Phaltan, about 100 km from Pune, is spread across 1.25 lakh square feet.
It has been decorated with flowers and has been illuminated for the occasion.
Musical instruments such as tutari, a pipe instrument, will be used at the function.
The Nimbalkar family will also bring out one of the 27 vintage cars for the couple to ride in after the engagement ceremony.