70 Couples Tie The Knot In A Mass Wedding At Noida

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Seventy couples tied the knot in a mass wedding held in Noida Stadium. The entire event was cashless as all contributions were made by the entrepreneurs in goods. (Burhaan kinu/ht photo)

Seventy couples tied the knot in a mass wedding held in Noida Stadium. The entire event was cashless as all contributions were made by the entrepreneurs in goods. (Burhaan kinu/ht photo)

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Bharat Vikas Parishad, a city based NGO, hosted a mass wedding for 70 couples from underprivileged families in Noida and surrounding areas at the Noida stadium on December 17. (HT PHOTO)

Bharat Vikas Parishad, a city based NGO, hosted a mass wedding for 70 couples from underprivileged families in Noida and surrounding areas at the Noida stadium on December 17. (HT PHOTO)

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Brides get henna (mehndi) on their hands before the wedding at Ramlila ground, in Noida on Friday, December 16, 2016. (Sunil Ghosh / HT photo)

Brides get henna (mehndi) on their hands before the wedding at Ramlila ground, in Noida on Friday, December 16, 2016. (Sunil Ghosh / HT photo)

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Brides get henna (mehndi) on their hands before the wedding. (Sunil Ghosh / HT photo)

Brides get henna (mehndi) on their hands before the wedding. (Sunil Ghosh / HT photo)

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Seventy couples tied the knot in a mass wedding held in Noida Stadium. The entire event was cashless as all contributions were made by the entrepreneurs in goods. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Seventy couples tied the knot in a mass wedding held in Noida Stadium. The entire event was cashless as all contributions were made by the entrepreneurs in goods. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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Women dance at Sangeet ceremony prior to the community marriage at Ramlila ground, in Noida on December 16, 2016. (Sunil Ghosh / HT PHOTO)

Women dance at Sangeet ceremony prior to the community marriage at Ramlila ground, in Noida on December 16, 2016. (Sunil Ghosh / HT PHOTO)

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Bharat Vikas Parishad, a pan India cultural body, organised a ‘cheque-only’ marriage ceremony. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Bharat Vikas Parishad, a pan India cultural body, organised a ‘cheque-only’ marriage ceremony. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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With a budget of around Rs80 lakh, the organisation plans to pay the pandal organisers, lighting equipment facilitators, band artistes, caterers and pandits in cheque, bank transfers and e-wallet payments. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

With a budget of around Rs80 lakh, the organisation plans to pay the pandal organisers, lighting equipment facilitators, band artistes, caterers and pandits in cheque, bank transfers and e-wallet payments. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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One of the brides, all decked up. The organisation has been holding community marriages for underprivileged couples in the past as well. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

One of the brides, all decked up. The organisation has been holding community marriages for underprivileged couples in the past as well. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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One of the grooms takes a selfie before the ceremony. There have been three such marriage events in the past in which more than 300 couples have tied the knot. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

One of the grooms takes a selfie before the ceremony. There have been three such marriage events in the past in which more than 300 couples have tied the knot. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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One of the grooms waits by the side of the stage ahead of the ceremony. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

One of the grooms waits by the side of the stage ahead of the ceremony. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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Women dance during the Sangeet ceremony prior to the mass wedding at Ramlila ground, in Noida. (Sunil Ghosh / HT photo)

Women dance during the Sangeet ceremony prior to the mass wedding at Ramlila ground, in Noida. (Sunil Ghosh / HT photo)

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Of the 72 couples, 12 are from Bihar and the remaining from Delhi-NCR. The families had to apply for the wedding ceremony a few months ago. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Of the 72 couples, 12 are from Bihar and the remaining from Delhi-NCR. The families had to apply for the wedding ceremony a few months ago. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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“I’m surprised and ecstatic about the fact that my daughter’s wedding is being conducted without cash. I believe every marriage should be done in this manner,” said Shakuntala Devi of Sasaram, Bihar. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

“I’m surprised and ecstatic about the fact that my daughter’s wedding is being conducted without cash. I believe every marriage should be done in this manner,” said Shakuntala Devi of Sasaram, Bihar. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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Apart from the wedding, the couples will also receive various gifts to begin their married life. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Apart from the wedding, the couples will also receive various gifts to begin their married life. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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It was one long procession along the streets of Noida as the grooms were brought to the venue. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

It was one long procession along the streets of Noida as the grooms were brought to the venue. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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Friends, family and well-wishers in attendance record the ceremony conducted for over 70 couples on Saturday. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Friends, family and well-wishers in attendance record the ceremony conducted for over 70 couples on Saturday. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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Organisers of the event maintain that their records are transparent and that they are trying to set an example by organising such large-scale ‘cashless’ events. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Organisers of the event maintain that their records are transparent and that they are trying to set an example by organising such large-scale ‘cashless’ events. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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A majority of the fund comes from our organisation and the remaining amount was received from various philanthropists in Noida, an organiser with the Bharat Vikas Parishad said. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

A majority of the fund comes from our organisation and the remaining amount was received from various philanthropists in Noida, an organiser with the Bharat Vikas Parishad said. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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“The couples will also receive a dish set, blankets, fan, TV, gold mangal sutra, mattresses and furniture worth Rs90,000 so that they can begin their lives together easily, said an organiser. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

“The couples will also receive a dish set, blankets, fan, TV, gold mangal sutra, mattresses and furniture worth Rs90,000 so that they can begin their lives together easily, said an organiser. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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Apart from the wedding, the couples will also receive various gifts to begin their married life. The gift items were also bought without cash. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Apart from the wedding, the couples will also receive various gifts to begin their married life. The gift items were also bought without cash. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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