The Hush Post| 01: 50 pm| 2-min-read
27-year-old Ajay Barot’s wish was to have a grand wedding celebration, watch other people dance at his wedding like he had danced to theirs, just that his wedding was not possible.Afflicted with a learning disability, finding an appropriate match for him was not possible, so his family decided to hold his marriage following all Gujarati rituals and traditions, but without a bride. A day before the wedding, mehendi and sangeet ceremonies were held, which was attended by close friends and relatives.
A grand wedding procession was held the next day after the groom sat on a horse wearing a golden sherwani, traditional pink headgear and rose garlands. Around 200 people were part of the procession who danced to the tune of Gujarati music and drum beats.
Speaking to ANI, Ajay’s father Vishnu Barot said,
“My son was diagnosed with learning disability and lost his mother at an early age. He used to enjoy the wedding procession of other people and asked us about his marriage. We were unable to answer his question as it was not possible to find a match for him”.
Ajay’s uncle Kamlesh Barot said his nephew is very fond of music, and dancing brings a smile on his face. “He never misses any wedding in our village. After seeing my son’s marriage in February, Ajay used to ask us about his wedding. When my brother came up with an idea to fulfil his son’s wish, we all stood by him and decided to have his varghodo (wedding procession) like any normal wedding, though a bride was missing here.”
“We did not want to hurt anyone’s emotion, it was just to see him thrilled with joy as he is very dear to us,” Ajay’s younger sister said.
“We sent wedding invitations to our relatives and performed all rituals as per Gujarati tradition in the presence of a priest. What was important for us is to see Ajay gleaming with joy on his big day,” he added.