Landing | Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:30pm IST

The big fat Indian wedding

Bride Kalpana, 22, and her groom Bhavin Munjpara, 26, lying in a bed, exchange wedding vows inside a hospital in Ahmedabad February 17, 2012. The couple took their wedding vows in a hospital after Munjpara fractured his feet in a road accident on February 11, their relatives...
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A bride gets her make-up done before the start of a mass marriage ceremony at Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi December 17, 2011.
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A Muslim bejeweled bride makes an entry on a paper during a mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad March 6, 2011.
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A blind couple touch a sacred stone as part of their wedding vow during their wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad January 23, 2011.
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A couple from Spain dressed in traditional Rajasthani attire kiss at a wedding ceremony in Jaipur, August 18, 2010.
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Sania Mirza shows her hands decorated with henna after her marriage ceremony in Hyderabad April 13, 2010.
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Family members and organisers bless a blind couple after their wedding vows during their wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad January 23, 2011.
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Muslim grooms sit during a mass wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad November 14, 2007.
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Indian currency notes are stapled to form a garland at a market in Jammu November 14, 2008. The garland is valued at 5100 Indian rupees. The garlands, which range from 500-5100 rupees ($10 - $101), are traditionally given as presents to bridegrooms during their weddings in...
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Hindu brides garland their grooms during a mass wedding ceremony in Mathura January 31, 2009.
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Muslim bridegrooms, in traditional attire, wait for their wedding ritual during a mass marriage ceremony, in Bombay September 6, 2004.
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A newly married couple travels by boat through a flooded road at Khanakul, about 200 km (126 miles) west of Kolkata July 7, 2007.
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Indian tribal man perform their art during a horse race, trying to show their best performance to attract a girls for marriage, during a three days fair in Tarnetar 180 km (113 miles) west of Ahmedabad September 19, 2004.The fair is mainly famous for those who find bride and...
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Two toads decorated with flowers and vermilion go through traditional Hindu wedding ceremony at Khochakandar.
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A man holds money to throw during wedding celebration in New Delhi December 10, 2006.
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Women dance on the streets during a wedding in New Delhi December 12, 2006.
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People light fireworks on a street during a wedding in New Delhi December 10, 2006.
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Grooms line-up during a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, about 60 km (37 miles) north from Kolkata January 28, 2007.
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Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan, arrives for his wedding with Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai in Mumbai, 20 April 2007.
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Muslim brides show their hands decorated with henna paste as they wait for the start of a mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad March 6, 2011.
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From low-key ceremonies to lavish, star-studded affairs, a look at different kinds of weddings in India.

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