Randeep Hooda, the popular Bollywood actor has recently been seen tying the knot with Lin Laishram in Manipur, Imphal. Their wedding ceremony went viral on social media as the actor got hitched in the traditional attire of Imphal followed by the Meitei rituals and cultures. They both preferred wearing subtle shades of attire during their wedding.
According to a reliable source, “They got married on November 29 and spent the rest of the time visiting temples to seek blessings for a new start, and relief camp as well. Randeep Hooda and Lin opted for a simple wedding ceremony and ditched the big wedding setup.”
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Randeep Hooda and Lin Laishram’s Meitei Wedding Ceremony
Randeep Hooda and Lin Laishram reached Imphal on Tuesday and preferred to seek blessings from a temple at Heingang in the Imphal East district. Both opted for traditional looks for their temple visit.
According to the source, “Randeep Hooda and Lin are very simple people and this will be reflected in their wedding too. Simplicity is what the lovely couple believes in. Lin has opted for a red outfit, while Randeep will complement her more subtly in a shade of beige. The ceremony was private and had Vaishnav Hindu Rituals as Lin is from Manipur. The couple will not be hosting any other function before their wedding and security concerns are also one of the reasons behind it.”
Randeep Hooda on visiting the temple said, “I pray for a happy future for us, for Manipur and everywhere in the world, a happy married life and many more things. I hope I get them.”
The couple have been dating for a long time and their wedding will be followed by a reception in Mumbai for all their friends and industry colleagues. Their wedding was also special because they decided to add a mythological twist, taking a leaf from the saga of Mahabharata. “Arjuna—one of the five Pandava brothers—visited Manipur and married Chitrangada, the Manipuri Princess. And that is the theme of their wedding.”
Meitei Culture of Marriage
Meitei’s concept of marriage means the sacred and ceremonial union of a woman with a man with due religious rites. In the Meitei marriage, ‘Kujaba’ plays a very important role. Kujaba, which consists of one big earthen plate called ’Kambi’, containing the quality of husked rice, a hand of banana having odd numbers, the prescribed fruits having good small, permissible loin cloth(dhou), shirt, turban, comb, scissor, nail-cutter and knife.
In marriage, the first gift is given from the groom to the bride on the day of the Heijing Puba ritual. Then, on the day of marriage, the second gift of Kujaba is given by the bride to the groom.
The five fingers each, from both the bride and the groom, are tied together by the garland of fresh flowers and on it the Kujaba is placed for a whole till the completion of the rotes. The internal significance of Kujaba is that both the newly married couple have their equal shares of life’s burden under a joint hand.
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