A man in India married a wooden effigy to fulfill his 90-year-old father’s wish.
The bizarre wedding took place in Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh, India last June 19. His 90-year-old father’s reason for “arranging” such a match for his son was equally inexplicable.
In a tweet posted by information agency ANI, the outdated request of his father named Shiv Mojan is to keep his kin.
“I have nine sons, eight of them are married. The youngest one has no property and is not intelligent enough, so I got him married to an effigy,” he said in an interview.
The wood “bride” was dressed in red silk and flowers. The ritual was detailed, it also included the “jai mala” or exchange of garlands and “pheras” or seven rounds of the fire.
A priest was also present to solemnize the marriage.
According to the report, Shiv Mohan insisted all his sons must be married before he dies.
To fulfill his wish, relatives and local priests apparently convinced him that in the absence of a bride, an effigy will do. They said such tradition is not an uncommon thing in their village.
Meanwhile, there are also rituals of symbolic weddings to a tree held in several parts of the country.