Baripada, June 18: A bridegroom and his baarat have rode bullock carts for marriage procession in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district on Friday.
Ramachandra Murmu of Idara village organised his marriage in such an uncommon way.
The antique scene caught sight of the locals and the commuters in the Morada area as decorated bullock carts plied on road between Pachakhali and the Idara village along with hundreds of baarats.
Sources said that Ramachandra’s marriage was scheduled on Friday with one Geeta Beshra, a native of the Pachakhai. Accordingly, the marriage procession was begun from Ramachandra’s village in the morning. However,Ramachandra rode a bullock cart up to the bridal altar. At the same time his friends and relatives made their whole journey on different bullock carts which were decorated with bamboo roofed canopy and typical flowers. Similarly the bullocks were also ornamented with colorful leaves and flowers. The marriage procession was the center of attraction for the locals while the bullock carts passed the village streets altogether like a wagon along with the rhythm of traditional musical instruments like drums, dhol, tomtom and country-trumpets.
Interacting with the media personnel, the bridegroom, Ramachandra said that neither the bullocks nor the bullock carts are now seen in the society. At the same time, the custom of palanquin in a marriage ceremony has been absolutely screened out with the advent of modern logistics.
“In order to remind the golden past I adopted the idea and rode on the bullock cart on my nuptial ceremony, which was also liked by my partner”, added Ramachandra.