The marriage ceremony started with the Bride’s father welcoming the Groom, washing his feet and leading him by the thumb to the Bedi (marriage platform). After the initiation ceremony the groom was lead away to the Anya Sthana ceremony and the bride replaced him on the bedi for the first bedi karma.
The old priest conducting the ceremony from the groom’s side is Shri Braja Bihari Dash. He conducted all the marriages of my mother’s family, including my parent’s, 38 years ago. The Anya Sthana ceremony picture is poignant as Shri Dash married the Groom’s father now sitting with his son to propiate his ancestors and seek their blessing for this marriage.
Time: 11:45 a.m.
Date: 8th, May, 2008
Place: Mayfair Lagoon, Bhubaneswar