MP: Old live-in couple of 50 years marries for moksha

80-year-old Sukhe Kushwaha married Hariya, five years younger to him, in a lavish ceremony at Paitpura in Madhya Pradesh.

india Updated: Jul 02, 2017 23:18 IST
Anupam Pateriya
Anupam Pateriya
Hindustan Times, Sagar
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Sukhe Kushwaha, 80, married Hariya, 75, after living together for fifty years.(HT Photo)

They rejected social mores, defied family objection to their love, and lived together for 50 years.

And two sons, two daughters and a gaggle of grandchildren later, a riveting hope for salvation took 80-year-old Sukhe Kushwaha and Hariya, five years younger, to the wedding altar last Friday.

The extended family and joyous villagers at Paitpura, a hamlet in Tikamgarh district, organized a ceremony that befits the oldest known live-in couple in Madhya Pradesh — replete with a sumptuous spread for guests, DJ music, and a band playing Bollywood love songs.

At the root of this function was, however, the old couple’s wish for moksha after death.

Half-a-century ago, young farmer Sukhe and Hariya fell in love but their families objected to their relationship and they weren’t allowed to marry. But they moved in together and lived happily ever after until a niggling thought began hounding them in their old age.

The patriarch confided recently to eldest son Munna that god has given him all he wished for but he or his partner won’t get salvation since they weren’t married.

“So, keeping my father’s sentiments in mind I took advice from our priest, elders and relatives. After that we decided to hold the wedding in accordance with Vedic riti rivaaj (rituals), or as they wished,” the son said.

The priest fixed a date and preparations began for a grand Bundelkhandi wedding.

“We took father to the village deity for blessings. Customary pre-wedding ceremonies for the bride were also held,” Munna said.

The elderly couple’s grandson, Mahesh, pitched in with the rest of the happy family to fulfill grandfather’s wish. “We all readily agreed and participated with great joy in the wedding.”

For the groom and his bride, age didn’t allow them to jump for joy but they were content and relaxed. “There is nothing to worry now, here and up there...”

First Published: Jul 02, 2017 19:58 IST