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Family & RelationshipsGrooms go viral for their traditional Hindu wedding in a temple

18:10  02 august  2019
18:10  02 august  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Their pictures went viral online with people loving the heartwarming and stylish nuptials in a Hindu temple . 'We didn't realize the impact a Photos of two Indian grooms celebrating a traditional Hindu wedding in a temple in New York have gone viral with people loving the stylish same-sex ceremony.

My goodness, that is a gorgeous wedding and couple.

Grooms go viral for their traditional Hindu wedding in a temple© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Photos of two Indian grooms celebrating a traditional Hindu wedding in a temple in New York have gone viral with people loving the stylish same-sex ceremony (photos by Charmi Pena Photography)

  • Amit Shah, 32, and Aditya Madiraju, 31, met three years ago at a mutual friend's party in a Lower East Side bar
  • They have dated ever since and decided to officially marry in a civil union at City Hall in New York City
  • The couple, who both practice Hinduism, then held a traditional ceremony in a Hindu temple in New Jersey
  • They sported matching kurtas with floral patterns from the designer Anita Dongre for their big day on July 19
  • Their pictures went viral online with people loving the heartwarming and stylish nuptials in a Hindu temple
  • 'We didn't realize the impact a simple wedding at a temple would have on people around the world looking for hope,' the couple wrote in an Instagram post

Two grooms had a traditional Hindu wedding, and their pictures from the nuptials have gone viral, with people loving the same-sex ceremony.

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When two grooms tied the knot in a traditional Hindu ceremony earlier this month, they didn’t anticipate that their wedding photos would go viral . While homosexuality isn’t explicitly condemned in the Hindu religion, some Hindu temples or communities may be “unwelcoming of LGBTQ people

When two grooms tied the knot in a traditional Hindu ceremony earlier this month, they didn’t anticipate that their wedding photos would go viral . On July 18, the couple hosted a mehndi party in their backyard, followed by a traditional ceremony at a Hindu temple in New Jersey the next day.

Amit Shah, a dance choreographer, married Aditya Madiraju, who works in risk management, in an intimate ceremony at a temple in New Jersey on July 19.

They originally got married at city hall in New York City in January, but the couple decided to host another wedding in a Hindu temple because it was important for them to stick to tradition.

Grooms go viral for their traditional Hindu wedding in a temple© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Amit Shah (left), 32, and Aditya Madiraju (right), 31, hosted a wedding in a Hindu temple because it was important for them to stick to tradition

'Having a traditional wedding is something that wasn't out of ordinary for either of us as we come from pretty traditional and conservative backgrounds,' Madiraju, 31, told Irish News.

Madiraju was originally born in South India but moved to the United States nine years ago; he then met Shah, 32, three years ago at a party hosted by a mutual friend.

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Couple Holds A Traditional Wedding Ceremony In A Hindu Temple , And Their Photos Go Viral . when they got married during a traditional , religious Hindu ceremony, in a temple in New Jersey. “We didn’t realize the impact a simple wedding at a temple would have on people around the world

When two grooms tied the knot in a traditional Hindu ceremony earlier this month, they didn’t anticipate that their wedding photos would go viral . On July 18, the couple hosted a mehndi party in their backyard, followed by a traditional ceremony at a Hindu temple in New Jersey the next day.

'We met three years ago in a small lower east side bar for a friend's birthday. Since that night, we have been together,' Shah told Vogue India.

'Although we have completely different personalities, thanks to our similar interests we hit it off instantly. Madiraju is very creative. For me, being in performing arts, that was very important. I desired a partner who is passionate.'

A year into the relationship, 'we realized, we loved each other, and came out to our parents. We are truly lucky to have parents who are so supportive,' he said.

They got engaged and made the marriage official at City Hall before deciding to take their marriage one step further under the traditions of their Hindu religion.

'Our parents have taught us a lot about religion and how to follow customs,' Madiraju said, adding: 'After we got married at City Hall, we knew we wanted something more traditional with our families and friends involved.

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Hindu weddings are long processes, with various rituals that may take days to be executed. Every single custom and practice in a wedding ceremony has deep philosophical and spiritual significance. Throughout the world the Hindus adhere to these set of rituals and continue on the traditions of

Two Indian grooms had a traditional Hindu wedding , and their pictures from the nuptials have gone viral with people loving the same-sex ceremony. They originally got married at city hall in New York City in January, but the couple decided to host another wedding in a Hindu temple because it was

'For us, it didn't seem complete until we had a chance to conduct the proper Hindu prayers.'

Grooms go viral for their traditional Hindu wedding in a temple© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The couple kicked off their wedding celebrations with an intimate and laid-back mehandi party in their backyard, where they both wore angarkha-style kurtas by Bohame in grey and black (photo by Paulo Salud Photography)

The couple kicked off their wedding celebrations with an intimate and laid-back mehandi party in their backyard, where they both wore angarkha-style kurtas by Bohame in grey and black.

For their big July 19 celebration, they chose a Hindu temple in New Jersey, known for its impressive architecture and intricate marble carvings.

Grooms go viral for their traditional Hindu wedding in a temple
Grooms go viral for their traditional Hindu wedding in a temple
Grooms go viral for their traditional Hindu wedding in a temple
Grooms go viral for their traditional Hindu wedding in a temple
Grooms go viral for their traditional Hindu wedding in a temple

The grooms wore sage linen kurtas from the designer Anita Dongre, with floral patterns inspired by the lush gardens of Rajasthan's palaces.

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Amit Shah and Aditya Madiraju wanted a traditional Desi wedding to celebrate their union in New Jersey, but the same-sex couple hadn’t a clue how much attention Shah said that their wedding was also major step for the South Asian LGBTQ community, as it took place in a Hindu temple .

“We had absolutely no idea our photos would go viral . Shah said that their wedding was also major step for the South Asian LGBTQ community, as it took place in a Hindu temple . “The fact that the ceremony took place at a temple under religious observation is a huge thing for our community,” he

'It was a simple ceremony only with our friends and family. We did a puja, garland exchange and pheras,' Madiraju told Vogue India.

Grooms go viral for their traditional Hindu wedding in a temple© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited For their big July 19 celebration, they chose a Hindu temple in New Jersey, known for its impressive architecture and intricate marble carvings Grooms go viral for their traditional Hindu wedding in a temple© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'After we got married at city hall, we knew we wanted something more traditional with our families and friends involved,' Madiraju said

The next day, the newlyweds had a sangeet-style cocktail party at Pondicheri NYC, where they wore matching custom sherwanis and black and trousers by Andaz Design and Louboutin shoes.

Grooms go viral for their traditional Hindu wedding in a temple
Grooms go viral for their traditional Hindu wedding in a temple
Grooms go viral for their traditional Hindu wedding in a temple

The Hindu faith has no central authority regarding the LGBTQ community, with opinions largely varying between different temples.

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That’s what Amit Shah and Aditya Madiraju proved when they got married during a traditional , religious Hindu ceremony, in a temple in New Jersey. “I’m excited of course — but mostly happy that people are seeing them,” Charmi elaborated about how she felt about her photos going viral .

Now, this was no ordinary wedding - the couple held a traditional Hindu ceremony in a New Jersey Hindu temple and their magical wedding photos quickly went viral . In an interview with Bored Panda, the photographer said she knew she was documenting something big for the Indian community.

But according to the Human Rights Campaign, 'some Hindu communities continue to be unwelcoming of LGBTQ people, often reflecting attitudes imported from conquering nations, such as the British Empire in India.'

The couple referenced how groundbreaking it was to not only marry each other in a Hindu temple but also celebrate the moment in photographs online.

'It was such a big moment in our lives, and the photos capture our feelings to perfection,' they told the publication about the viral pictures. 'It might also be because the wedding took place in a Hindu temple, and that hasn't been seen by the world with same-sex marriages.'

Heartfelt messages poured onto the multiple posts shared on both Madiraju and Shah's Instagram pages.

'Love always wins! Congratulations to you both and wishing you a lifetime of happiness together,' one commenter wrote.

Another person wrote: 'That's such a beautiful picture. Loads of love from a stranger!'

The couple loved the responses they were receiving from strangers who were touched by their traditional nuptials at the Hindu temple.

'The response has given a whole new meaning to our marriage, and we are excited about the social changes this will help make,' they said.

India has made strides in recent years to support the LGBTQ community, but same-sex marriage is still not legal in the country. But it does not prohibit same-sex marriages.

'We didn't realize the impact a simple wedding at a temple would have on people around the world looking for hope,' the couple wrote in a heartfelt Instagram post.

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A Hindu wedding is Vivaha (Sanskrit: विवाह) and the wedding ceremony is called Vivaah Sanskar in North India and Kalyanam (generally) in South India. Hindus attach a great deal of importance to marriage. The wedding ceremonies are very colourful, and celebrations may extend for several days.

The Hindu wedding had the bride all beautifully decked up in a peacock-green saree. We specifically liked her Temple jewellery headset that made her look The groom wore the traditional 'rajah' style clothing, and he looked like the definite king of Esther's heart! The temple was hosted at the Murugan

'There is no secret to acceptance, tolerance, or happiness. You just have to find the right partner to take the step with. Let the truth of your love speak for itself.'

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