In aaecord-breaking event, 2,143 couples recently tied the knot during a mass wedding ceremony in Baran, Rajasthan, India.
This sets a world record for the most couples married in 12 hours, Guinness World Records disclosed. They also broke the record for the most couples married in 24 hours, which was set by 963 Yemeni couples in 2013.
It was organized by Shri Mahaveer Goshala Kalyan Sansthan, a registered trust committed to serving the marginalized sections of society. Their goal was to help underprivileged members of the public get married, said Guinness.
The record-breaking couples began gathering at the venue, located on the outskirts of Baran city, on the morning of 26 May. Less than six hours later, they were all married.
The ceremony commenced with each bride and groom exchanging garlands, which were made from yellow, pink and red flowers. Each couple also received blessings from state leaders, including the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot, and Cabinet Minister Pramod Jain Bhaya.
“Once each couple had garlanded each other they were escorted to the Mandap area, where they would be officially married. There, the couples performed a ritual known as ‘saptapadi’ whereby they circled a holy fire seven times. This is considered to be the most important rite of a Hindu wedding ceremony,” Guinness said.
Each couple was given an assortment of gifts, including jewellery for the bride; a mattress with bedding; kitchen utensils; and household appliances such as a television, a refrigerator, a cooler, and an induction cooker
Food was also served to all the newly-wed couples, in addition to the thousands of guests who were present at the ceremony in India
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