The youngest of the Gandhi, Varun, got married to graphic designer Inca Yamini Roy Chaudhary at the Kamkoteshwar temple in Varanasi on Sunday. The function had limited guests.
Varun Gandhi married Inca Yamini Roy Chaudhary, a graphic designer, at the Kamkoteshwar Temple in Varanasi on Sunday. The guests at the wedding included just immediate family. However, no one from Sonia Gandhi's family was present. Varun had invited his cousins Priyanka and Rahul, and aunt Sonia Gandhi for the ceremony.
This is the first wedding in the family after Priyanka married Robert Vadra in 1997.
The 'Vedic' wedding ceremony began at around 6.30 am, and lasted nearly three hours. The rituals were conducted by Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati and other priests of the Kamkoteshwar Temple.
Yamini, an alumnus of Shantiniketan in West Bengal and Delhi's St. Stephens college, wore a rose-pink Benarasi sari for the wedding, the sari which Varun's grandmom Indira Gandhi gifted to Maneka on her wedding, and Varun wore a silk kurta and dhoti with an orange angavastram.
Varun Gandhi and Yamini Roy are all smiles after the wedding.
The couple step out of the temple, amid high security. (Picture Courtesy: Chandan Bijlani)
Varun Gandhi and Yamini Roy share a private moment. (Picture Courtesy: Chandan Bijlani)
The newly-wed couple accept greetings from well-wishers who had thronged the venue. (Picture courtesy: Chandan Bijlani)
Varun Gandhi and Yamini Roy Chaudhary greet the media after the ceremony. (Picture Courtesy: Chandan Bijlani)
The Kamkoteshwar Temple on Hanuman Ghat wore a festive look. The temple, considered one of the most sacred in Varanasi, had turned into a fortress with security personnel standing guard at every nook and corner.
Hordes of onlookers and well-wishers gathered outside the temple as they awaited the newlywed couple. (Picture Courtesy: Chandan Bijlani)
The reception has been cancelled due to the death of Maneka Gandhi's mother, Amteshwar Anand, after prolonged illness. (Picture Courtesy: Chandan Bijlani)
The haldi rasm (a pre-marriage ceremony) was performed on Saturday at a simple function in the temple complex. (Picture Courtesy: Ravi Tiwari/Chandan Bijlani)
Maneka Gandhi arrives with son Varun and to-be daughter-in-law Yamini for the haldi rasm at the Taj Hotel in Varanasi.
The hotel's employees were thrilled and honoured to host a marriage involving a Gandhi.