We Spent On 151 Cataract Surgeries Instead Of Band-Baaja At Our Wedding
I am a Marwari girl, he is a Kayastha boy. My dad is a doctor, while his father is a retired army officer. My family is based in Siliguri, West Bengal; his in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh. But love had its own way to make us meet. We met, fell in love and after some resentment from our families, we finally got married on December 10, 2017. However, in this short and sweet love story of ours, the most beautiful part is the way we got married.
Marriages in India are a thing! Every Indian parent dreams of a “big, fat Indian wedding” for their children. Undoubtedly, our marriages are very colourful and culturally rich, but the needless waste of money, time and effort is something that has always bothered me. So, instead of getting indulged in the typical “band, bajaa, baraat” genre of marriage, our parents planned for an “aadarsh vivah” in the lap of the Ganga in Haridwar.
Shanti Kunj, the hub of the All World Gayatri Parivar in Haridwar, is where we got married.
Here are some noteworthy points regarding the process in which marriages happen in Shanti Kunj:
1. The bride and the groom submit an application that they are getting married with the consent of their families and have not eloped.
2. The parents of the bride and the groom submit the letter of consent that they agree to get their children married at Shanti Kunj.
The parents need to submit these applications in person at Shanti Kunj. By doing so, they agree to abide by the principles of Shanti Kunj which say that there will be no exchange of dowry in the marriage, and that the marriage will happen without any “band, bajaa and baraat”.
Our marriage was a private affair with close family members and friends being a part of the ceremony. There were less than 80 guests from both the bride’s and the groom’s side. It took less than three hours for us to get married.
However, the best was yet to come. On the occasion of his daughter’s marriage, my father sponsored the cataract surgeries of 151 underprivileged men and women at Greater Lions Eye Hospital in Siliguri. We were truly touched by this gesture of his. Instead of spending wastefully on the needless pomp and show of the marriage (which, by the way, nobody really cares for), he chose to do some good to the society and make a difference in whatever small way he could think of.
My entire motive to share the story of my marriage is to let people know that marriages like mine can also be very beautiful and are a dream come true. This could be the new definition of the “big, fat Indian wedding”. And if we could inspire even one couple, I would feel this story was worth sharing.
The Twelfth Science Conference was organized at ‘Vigyan Dhaam’, Dehradun by the Uttarakhand State Council for Science & Technology – UCOST.
Dr. Ruchi Singh, a Professor of the Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya (DSVV), was felicitated with the Young Scientist Award at this conference.
In this program, various research scholars presented contemporary and high quality research papers on various subjects. Dr. Ruchi Singh presented her paper on Yagyopathy.
On this research and on her effective presentation, she was felicitated with the above award.
The Chancellor of the University, Dr. Pranav Pandya, congratulated Dr. Singh for her remarkable achievement.
The Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dr. Chinmay Pandya, said that DSVV is a place where various scientific works are continuously carried out on different aspects of culture. All students and teachers engage themselves with all their hard work and passion for contemporary interpretation of various elements of culture.
The entire University administration congratulated and forwarded their best wishes to Dr. Ruchi Singh.
One of the important innovations of the University is the Gyan Deeksha, which is the invocation ceremony that takes place at the first study day of all the students in the University. The University strongly believes that if there could be an end to Deeksha (Deekshant) then there should be a beginning of the Deeksha too and this ceremony is designed with that objective in mind.
The very beginning of the student and teaching life at the commencement of each semester happens with a traditional invocation ceremony, where the newly joined and existing students, along with the faculty members, are introduced to the value system of the University, as well as the expectations from them while studying or teaching at the campus.
They are welcomed by being felicitated with a Gayatri Mantra Dupatta and a Tulsi sapling, respectively representing that they must aspire for refined intellect and purity in life. Notably, in the past few years, this practice has been replicated by various institutions and campuses as they invite the University team to conduct the same ceremony at the beginning of new academic year.
Gayatri Jayanti and Ganga Dussehra are the sacred parvas of the descent of Adya Shakti Vedmata Gayatri and Bhagwati Ganga respectively. It is believed that the primordial power Mother Gayatri descended on earth on this day to help almighty create this world.
It is on this day in 1990, Revered Gurudev also shed his physical sheath and became one with his deity – Mother Gayatri. Under the guidance of his spiritual master, he made Gayatri a mass movement. Due to his herculean efforts, today this mantra is reverberating in all parts of the globe. Gurudev sought the help of Gayatri to accomplish a noble objective – Ushering of New Era of Harmony and Peace.
Gayatri Jayanti is celebrated in Shantikunj for 3 days. It will be 2nd, 3rd and 4th of June 2017.
3rd June Evening 6:30 PM IST - Discourses by senior disciples on current topics. This program will be Telecast Live. 4th June Morning 6:30 AM IST - Special Gayatri Jayanti Sandesh (message) by Shradhey Jiji and Dr Sahab. Telecast Live.