Mass marriage in Shri Kshethra on May 4

(credits: Sandeep Dev, Dev's Photopgraphy)

Chandrahas Charmadi

It is said that marriages are made in heaven. So the wedding is always special in life. Lakhs of rupees spent for marriages. In fact, poor and middle-class families sometimes couldn’t bear the burden of expenditure.  They have to spend most part of their income to pay the loan back at least for few years.

Governments tried to stop luxurious marriages and help poor in different ways, but everything went in vain. In this circumstance, Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala is providing a platform for simple marriages from past 45 years. Dharmadhikhari Dr. D Veerendra Heggade and family members host free mass marriage of hundreds of couple every year. Till now, 11, 927 couple entered into married life through the mass marriage.

Objectives of mass marriage

It is an uphill task for a middle-class family to perform the marriage, which has religious purity and social security. Simplifying the system of marriage without hurting the religious elements, helping the common man, creating religious awareness without touching the cultural purity, conducting the event in the presence of family and senior dignitaries of the society are the main objectives of the mass marriage. As every facility is here in Shri Kshethra, there is no need of chappara , mike, decoration, food, marriage Kalyana Mantapa and procession is not needed and money is saved.

Role of Dharmasthala

During the occasion, Dharmasthala would sponsor dwelling for the couple. All the articles needed for the marriage would be provided by Shri Kshethra. In front of dignitaries, Dr. Veerendra Heggade, Hemavathi Heggade, and Harshendra Kumar would distribute Dhoti and shawl to bridegroom and saree, blouse piece and Mangalasuthram to the bride.

It’s a celebration day on the day of mass marriage. Couple would go around two-three circles around the temple in the evening and they will be welcomed at Amrutavarshini Sabha Bhavana.  Later as per the religious practice, along with the chanting of Vedas and Mantras, grand ceremony of mass marriage takes place.

What are the rules?

  • To register names for mass marriage, there are few rules as follows:
  • The minimum age of bride and bridegroom should be minimum 18 and 21 respectively.
  • If parents are expired, the present caretakers should agree for the marriage and they should be present on the day. If parents are no more, respected gram panchayat should give a confirmation certificate.
  • Those who come from faraway places should come one day in advance.
  • Those who registered names should submit a letter from Panchayat Development Officer/secretary with letterhead. It should contain the name of the couple, address, age, permission of elders and proof as the person is unmarried.
  • They should also submit four passport size photos, Aadhar, and ration card originals and photocopy.

46th mass marriage

The tradition of conducting mass marriage started in 1972. Every year, hundreds of couple enter into the married life. 484 couple got married in 1975 and this number is increasing every year. Usually, the wedding ceremony is conducted in the month of April or May. This year the event will be on May 4, at 6.50 pm in the Godhuli Mahurtham.

There is no bar of financial status, cast, and profession for the marriage in Shri Kshethra. Daily labourers, vendors, drivers, private, government workers register their names, which shows their devotion and love towards God.

This year, April 30 is the last date for the registration. Names can be registered at free mass marriage registration office. For more information, one can dial to 08256- 277144.

(Translated by Guruprasad T N)