The COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown and restrictions forced a couple in Rajkot to get married without the mandatory ritual of circling the holy fire.
It should be noted that in Hindu weddings, circling the holy fire, is one of the mandatory rituals associated with a wedding. But the couple had to forego the ritual as lack of space and lockdown restrictions made it impossible to perform several of the rituals. In fact, the couple had just 35 attendees for their wedding and did not even have the dhol and other musical accompaniments.
According to local media reports, the Rajkot collector has so far given permission for 65 weddings in the districts. The couple also deferred the kanyadaan ceremony. The kanyadaan ceremony refers to the giving away of a bride by her father. The groom Ravi Sheth said that his wedding was originally planned to be held on May 22 & 23. But due to COVID-19 all the ceremony associated with May 22 was postponed. The wedding was also eventually postponed. But since the wedding invites had already been sent, the couple decided to tie the knot a few days later with minimum attendees and rituals.