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Bihar couple to take eight rounds around fire in ‘swachh shadi’

A couple in Bihar’s Purnia district will take the eighth phera to promote cleanliness and support the drive against open defecation.

patna Updated: Jul 04, 2017 16:06 IST
Aditya Nath Jha
Aditya Nath Jha
Hindustan Times, Purnia
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The swachh shadi will be solemnised at Purnia in Bihar on July 3.(HT file photo)

PURNIA: Saat phere (seven circumambulations) is one of the most important rituals in a Hindu wedding. But a couple, set to tie the nuptial knot on July 3 in Purnia district of northeast Bihar, will take eight rounds around the pious fire, instead of seven, to promote cleanliness and support the drive against open defecation.

“Ours will be a swachh shadi (clean wedding). The eighth phera will a big step forward towards cleanliness,” said Ravi Ranjan, 29, the would-be groom.

“Even the invitation cards we have got printed carries the Swach Bharat Abhiyan logo with slogans: Ek kadam swachhta ki aur (a step towards cleanliness) and Sauchalaya bin dulhan ka shringar adhoora hai (the makeover of a bride is incomplete without toilet),” said Ranjan, who works as senior manager at a hotel in New Delhi.

The wedding card with Swachh Bharat Abhiyan logo . (HT photo)

A resident of Banwarinagar locality in Purnia town, 368 km east of Patna, Ranjan said, “My fiancée Gudiya Kumari, 26, is a software engineer at Gurgaon in the national capital region. She has happily agreed to my proposal for an additional phera during the wedding.”

The marriage would be solemnised at Jalsa Bhawan, Purnia, on Monday, he added.

“Marriage is pious institution and its sanctity must be maintained. There must be purity of mind and clean surroundings around. Our collective commitment to cleanliness drive in marriage will give a boost to this campaign,” he said.

Ranjan said he was inspired by one of his friends to take the eight phera. “While working in Gujarat, I had attended the marriage of my friend in which the couple took a vow for cleanliness. I was so impressed that that I decided to emulate the couple,” he added.

Ravi Ranjan who will marry Gudiya Kumari on July 3.

Ranjan’s father Arun Kumar Yadav, 55, a small businessman, and mother Rita Devi, 47, a homemaker, said, “We have requested the bride’s family not to spend money lavishly on wedding arrangements and keep it a simple affair.”

Would-be bride Gudiya Kumari of Bhalni village in neighbouring Madhepura district could not be reached for her comments. But her family members said they were quite enthusiastic about the unusual marriage.

First Published: Jul 01, 2017 12:47 IST