Rajasthan village prepares for a special wedding!

The wedding is special because the bride is a two-year-old monkey who has been raised by Niranjan Pancholi.

Bundi: It is a wedding with a difference! About 200 invitation cards are being distributed and hundreds of guests are expected to attend a wedding feast on July 06 at Talwas village when Chinki will tie the knot with Raju.

The wedding is special because Chinki is a two-year-old monkey who has been raised by Niranjan Pancholi, a priest at Hunuman temple at Talwas, about 55 kms from here.

Other villagers too have joined the preparations for the ceremony.

"Ramesh Chand Saini, an auto driver, of Banatha village of Tonk district came a few months ago in search for a `bride` for his three-year-old pet monkey Raju. When Ramesh told me about it, I decided to get Chinki married," says Pancholi .

"The marriage would be performed as per Hindu customs. Deputy sarpanch of the village Satayanarayan Saini would perform the `kanyadan` for the bride," he says.

The festivities started today as the `lagan patra` (a formal invitation to the bridegroom`s side) was sent. About 70 `baratis` (members of bridegroom`s party) from Banetha village of Tonk district would reach Talwas for the wedding ceremony, Pancholi said.

"No dowry is being given to the groom," says Pancholi seriously.

Residents of Banetha village are also busy making preparations to welcome the bride.


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