UP Man Marries Wooden Effigy As His 90-Year-Old-Father's Last Wish

In Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj a man was made to marry an effigy. A priest was also present to solemnize the marriage

UP Man Marries Wooden Effigy As His 90-Year-Old-Father's Last Wish

Man in Prayagraj marries a wooden effigy, all rituals were performed

Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh:

A man was married to a wooden effigy with elaborate rituals in a bizarre wedding that took place in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.

His 90-year-old father's reason for "arranging" such a match for his son was equally inexplicable.

"I have nine sons, eight of them are married. The youngest one has no property and is not intelligent enough, so I got him married to an effigy," Shiv Mohan told news agency ANI. Reports say according to relatives, this was the old man's last wish.

The wooden "bride" was decked in a red silk and flowers and every ritual, including the 'jai mala' or exchange of garlands and 'pheras' or seven rounds of the fire, were performed. A priest was also present to solemnize the marriage.

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Reports say Shiv Mohan was insistent that all his sons must be married before he dies. Relatives and local priests apparently convinced him that in the absence of a bride, an effigy will do, and it not uncommon thing.

A handful of relatives were also present and small feast was organized.

There are rituals in many parts of the country of symbolic weddings to a tree.