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Monkey wedding held in India


An Indian man organized a Hindu wedding ceremony for his monkeys.

More than 200 villagers in northern India have attended the elaborate wedding ceremony for the two monkeys.

The owner, Udesh Mahto, said the male was “like an adopted son” to him.

The ceremony took place on Monday evening in Bettiah district in Bihar state, with the “bride” dressed in an orange frock and the “groom” wearing a yellow T-shirt.

Monkeys are revered idols in Hindu mythology.

Ramu and his bride, a female monkey called Ramdulari

Ramu and his bride, a female monkey called Ramdulari

The 13-year-old male monkey named Ramu and his bride, a female monkey called Ramdulari, were taken in a procession on top of a flower-bedecked SUV, accompanied by music and dancing. Hundreds of villagers lined the route to greet the “couple”.

Udesh Mahto, a daily wage worker who has three sons, said Ramu was “like my eldest son”.

He brought Ramu from Nepal about seven years ago, and later bought Ramdulari from a village fair.

A local Hindu priest Sunil Shastri “solemnized” the wedding.

Wedding cards were printed and a band was hired to play at the wedding. Guests were served a feast.

Many people from neighboring villages turned up to see the procession and take pictures which they posted on social networking sites.

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