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Over 1000 couples tied knots at Ratanpur

india Updated: Apr 19, 2007 17:31 IST

Even a single marriage function brings ceaseless joy and celebration. Just imagine what would be the level of excitement and joy, when over one thousand couples would be tied in nuptial knot in a single function.

This sight turned into the reality, in a noble initiative, jointly taken by the Bilaspur district administration and Mahamaya Mandir Trust, as they both arranged a mass marriage function at Ratanpur under Bilaspur district on Thursday, to mark the Akshay Tritiya festival.

Besides being a successful event, this function also sent a positive message towards discouraging the child marriage (which is common in rural parts of Chhattisgarh on this very day) and extravagance in marriage functions, across the region, in various communities, who joined the mass marriage function.

The baratis had started coming from Monday itself. Around 30 thousand relatives of various families attended the huge function, for which the hosts had made a massive arrangement of accommodation and mass meals.

The families were provided accommodation in the nearby villages of Bilha, Masturi, Lormi, Gaurela Kota. Patharia, Marwahi and Takhatpur also, as all the rest houses and hotels had already been booked well in advance in the wake of this mass marriage function.

The district administration, under the leadership of collector Gurav Dwivedi, was working round the clock for the last fea days to ensure that the function is organised successfully.

Since, the open ground in front of the Mahamaya temple was just not enough to prepare one thousand mandaps, the nearby helipad was also used for the purpose, the collector said.

Going by the age old tradition, followed in Chhattisgarh, Akshay Tritiya, is the most auspicious day for marriage. Hence, for any such ceremonies, this day is accepted by one and all. And for a noble function like this one, there could have been no better occasion, said the satisfied collector, with a sigh of relief after the function.