Hindus seem to be currently convinced that upcoming Russell Brand and Katy Perry marriage is ‘moving in the right direction’ in following traditional Hindu rituals, although little more piety would help.
According to reports, English actor-comedian Brand and American musician Perry are undergoing a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony on October 23 at Sher Bagh Resort adjoining Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan state of India on October 23.
Eminent Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that reports suggested that many of the traditional pre-wedding Hindu rituals apparently were being followed.
Perry had been spotted wearing nath (traditional bridal nose ring which is removed by groom on wedding night); she was planning to decorate some
parts of her body with mehndi (myrtle paste); groom planned to arrive by white decorated horse at the wedding venue; and a Hindu priest had been hired to perform the ceremony; etc.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, hoped that Brand-Perry would follow the proper rituals at the actual wedding ceremony on Saturday also, which would include recitation of Sanskrit mantras by groom, bride, and other relatives; kannyadan (giving away daughter in marriage); lajahom (parched rice oblation by bride’s brothers); saptpadi (seven circumambulations of the sacred sacrificial fire); filling of the bride’s maang (line of demarcation in parting and setting the locks of head hair) with vermilion; groom touching the feet of bride’s parents to seek blessings; etc.