Two Indian grooms had a traditional Hindu wedding, and their photos of the wedding went viral with people who love same-sex ceremony.
Amit Shah, a dance choreographer, married Aditya Madiraju, who works in risk management, on July 19 at an intimate ceremony in a New Jersey temple.
They were originally married in January in New York City Town Hall, but the couple decided to have another wedding in a Hindu temple because it was important that they adhere to tradition.
Photos of two Indian grooms celebrating a traditional Hindu wedding in a New York temple have become viral with people who love the stylish same-sex ceremony
Amit Shah (left), 32 and Aditya Madiraju (right), 31, organized a wedding in a Hindu temple because it was important for them to adhere to tradition
& # 39; Love is meant to be celebrated & # 39 ;, one of Shah & # 39; s captions on Instagram reads about his recent marital figures for Madiraju
"Having a traditional wedding is something that is not uncommon for both of us, because we come from a fairly traditional and conservative background," Madiraju, 31, said. Irish news.
Madiraju was originally born in South India, but moved to the United States nine years ago; he then met Shah, 32, three years ago at a party organized by a common friend.
& # 39; We met three years ago in a small bar on the east side for a friend's birthday. We have been together since that night, & Shah said Vogue India.
& # 39; Although we have completely different personalities, we immediately get started thanks to our similar interests. Madiraju is very creative. For me, in the performing arts, that was very important. I wanted a partner who is passionate. & # 39;
A year in the relationship, & # 39; we realized that we loved each other and came to our parents. & # 39;
& # 39; We are really lucky to have parents who are so helpful, & # 39; he said.
They became engaged and officially made the marriage at the town hall before they decided to take their marriage one step further according to the traditions of their Hindu religion.
& # 39; Our parents have taught us a lot about religion and how to follow the customs, & # 39; said Madiraju and added: & # 39; After we were married in the town hall, we knew we wanted something more traditional with our involved families and friends.
& # 39; For us, it didn't seem complete until we had the chance to hold the right Hindu prayers. & # 39;
The couple started their wedding celebration with an intimate and relaxed mehandi party in their backyard, where they both wore angarkha-style Bohame kurtas in gray and black.
The couple started their wedding celebrations with an intimate and relaxed mehandi party in their backyard, where they both wore angarkha-style Bohame kurtas in gray and black
For their big party on July 19, they chose the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in New Jersey, known for its impressive architecture and intricate marble carvings
The couple loved the reactions they received from strangers who were touched by their traditional wedding and this cute picture with their pooch Adam
The grooms wore wise linen kurtas from the designer Anita Dongre, with floral patterns inspired by the lush gardens of the palaces of Rajasthan
For their big party on July 19, they chose the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in New Jersey, known for its impressive architecture and intricate marble carvings.
The grooms wore wise linen kurtas from the designer Anita Dongre, with floral patterns inspired by the lush gardens of the palaces of Rajasthan.
& # 39; It was a simple ceremony only with our friends and family. We have done a puja, garland exchange and fera & # 39; Madiraju told Vogue India.
The next day the newlyweds had a cocktail party in sangeet style at Pondicheri NYC, where they wore matching custom sherwanis and black and pants from Andaz Design and Louboutin shoes.
The Hindu faith has no central authority with regard to the LGBTQ community, with opinions that vary widely between temples.
But according to the Human rights campaign, & # 39; some Hindu communities remain LGBTQ people unwanted, often due to attitudes imported from conquering countries, such as the British Empire in India. & # 39;
The couple referred to how groundbreaking it was to not only marry each other in a Hindu temple, but also to celebrate the moment online in photos.
& # 39; It was such a big moment in our lives, and the photos capture our feelings to perfection, & they told the publication about the viral photos & # 39; s. & # 39; It may also be because the wedding took place in a Hindu temple, and that has not yet been seen in the world with gay marriages. & # 39;
& # 39; After we got married at the town hall, we knew we wanted something more traditional with our involved families and friends, & # 39; said Madiraju
& # 39; It was such a big moment in our lives, and the pictures show our feelings to perfection, & # 39; said the newlyweds
& # 39; We didn't know what impact a simple wedding in a temple would have on people all over the world seeking hope & # 39 ;, the couple wrote in a genuine Instagram post
Warm messages flowed over the multiple messages shared on both Madiraju and Shah & # 39; s Instagram pages & # 39; s.
& # 39; Love always wins! Congratulations to both of you and I wish you a lifetime of happiness together, & a commentator wrote.
Another person wrote: & # 39; That's like a nice photo. Much love from a stranger! & # 39;
The couple loved the reactions they received from strangers who were touched by their traditional wedding in the Hindu temple.
& # 39; The reaction has given a whole new meaning to our marriage and we are excited about the social changes this will help, & # 39; they said.
The day after the temple wedding the newlyweds had a sangeet-like cocktail party at Pondicheri NYC, where they wore matching custom sherwanis and black and pants from Andaz Design and Louboutin shoes
They were photographed in the streets of New York in sherwanis and kurta by the Indian fashion design and consulting agency Andaz Design from New York.
They closed their parties at Pondicheri NYC, a stylish industrial chic cafe that serves Indian cuisine all day long
India has taken steps in recent years to support the LGBTQ community, but same-sex marriage is still not legal in the country. But it does not prohibit same-sex marriages.
& # 39; We did not know what impact a simple wedding in a temple would have on people around the world seeking hope & # 39 ;, the couple wrote in a genuine Instagram post.
& # 39; There is no secret for acceptance, tolerance or happiness. You just have to find the right partner to take the step. Let the truth of your love for yourself speak. & # 39;
Shah is a choreographer who dances to the melodies of dandiya beats and also Bollywood songs. He also founded the award-winning dance company Aatma Performing Arts with footprints in New Jersey, New York and Los Angeles.
Love: the couple met three years ago at a party. & # 39; Although we have completely different personalities, thanks to our similar interests, we managed to realize it immediately & # 39 ;, Shah said
Making it official: they have since been dated and decided to officially get married in the City Hall in New York City, New York
Celebration: The couple, both practicing Hinduism, decided to get married in a Hindu temple near where they live together in New Jersey
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