On the morning of their wedding on Monday, October 18, the bride and the groom found that the roads leading to the temple were submerged due to the incessant rains in Kerala.

The couple, decked up in pink wedding attires, sit in a copper cooking vessel to travel through a flooded road. Three people are seen steering the vessel through the water. SiddharthMP/Twitter
news Kerala Rains 2021 Monday, October 18, 2021 - 16:16
Written by  IANS

With roads waterlogged due to heavy and incessant rains in Kerala, a young couple in Alappuzha district was worried if they could reach the temple in time for their wedding on Monday, October 18. However, they were determined to reach the temple in time for the auspicious time set for the wedding rituals. As it would be difficult for cars to travel through flooded roads, they quickly thought of an alternative mode of transportation — a traditional copper cooking vessel. The couple travelled nearly 500 metres seated inside the huge cooking vessel to reach the temple in Thakazhi near Alappuzha where their wedding was to be held.

The bride Aishwarya and the groom Akash, both hailing from the same locality, had fixed their wedding to be held in the local temple at Thakazhi. On Monday, however, things went for a toss as by then the roads had disappeared and water was flowing all over the area. Since torrential rains hit the state on Friday afternoon, which continued partly till Sunday, October 17, the Kuttanad area of Alappuzha had submerged due to severe rains, leaving roads completely submerged.

All decked up to reach the temple, the bride and the groom sat in the traditional rice cooking copper vessel and arrived at the temple, and as per the planned 'muhurthum' (auspicious time), they got married in the presence of the temple priest.

There were a handful of relatives present and the marriage hall was flooded, too. However, the stage, where the marriage ceremony took place, was not submerged.

"We were not scared to travel in the vessel," said an excited Akash while Aishwarya said, "We all are happy that the wedding took place at the planned auspicious time."

A relative who organised the 'vessel' trip said, "Some areas near the temple were almost submerged but we managed to bring both the bride and the groom on time."

According to reports, Aishwary and Akash are healthcare workers.

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