Images of India : The Mid-air Marriage Ceremony…

MarriageMarriages may be made in heaven, but this one was sanctified “hanging” mid-air – over a 600-feet deep valley ! Jaideep Jadhav, 30, a Kolhapur mountaineer and pharma marketer, and his bride Reshma Patil, preparing for her Indian Administrative Service competitive exams, married in this unique fashion (July 31) in the Western Ghats. In order to create awareness about adventure sports, the courageous couple decided to make their marriage a live example. The “arranged marriage” was literally taken to a different level – and the wedding ceremony was performed mid-air in the valley between the 3,000-feet tall peaks of Vishalgadh and Panhala. A third critical ‘hanger-on’, in the form of 35-year-old professional priest Suraj Dholi was close at hand mid-air for the ceremony witnessed by over 1,200 people. The marriage chants, were heard by the gathering below via cordless microphone. Jaideep tied the “mangalsutra” around Reshma’s neck, and both exchanged garlands, all the while hanging in space, with soft clouds billowing around them, amid a light cool drizzle – presenting an unparalleled romantic spectacle.