The wedding ceremony that took place in Barkul on the banks of Chilika lake which had every element of a grand celebration
Hundreds of baaratis in the marriage procession, loud music, delicious fare and to top it all, VVIPs in the guest list.
Odisha celebrated its traditional lac doll marriage — the bride and the groom were beautiful dolls made of lac.
The marriage was organised in conformity with the Odia tradition of ‘jau kandhei bahaghara (lac doll marriage)’
The aim of this unique marriage ceremony was to promote traditional folk and tribal art forms and create awareness against social evils like dowry and child marriage.
through this ceremony they tried to pass on the message to safeguard the purity of marriage by eradicating evils like dowry, child marriage.
The marriage procession included performers of several folk dance forms such as – Bagha Nacha (tiger dance), Ghoda Nacha (horse dance), Sakhi Nacha.
At the time of exchange of gifts, the baaratis sought a promise from the bride's friends and relatives from Bhubaneswar that they would plant 5,000 saplings in Berhampur and keep their city pollution-free.