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The big fat Indian wedding

<p>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 said. REUTERS/Amit Dave </p>

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...more

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 said. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>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. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma </p>

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. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

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. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

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<p>A Muslim bejeweled bride makes an entry on a paper during a mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad March 6, 2011.  REUTERS/Amit Dave </p>

A Muslim bejeweled bride makes an entry on a paper during a mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A Muslim bejeweled bride makes an entry on a paper during a mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>A blind couple touch a sacred stone as part of their wedding vow during their wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad January 23, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave </p>

A blind couple touch a sacred stone as part of their wedding vow during their wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad January 23, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A blind couple touch a sacred stone as part of their wedding vow during their wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad January 23, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>A couple from Spain dressed in traditional Rajasthani attire kiss at a wedding ceremony in Jaipur, August 18, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A couple from Spain dressed in traditional Rajasthani attire kiss at a wedding ceremony in Jaipur, August 18, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

A couple from Spain dressed in traditional Rajasthani attire kiss at a wedding ceremony in Jaipur, August 18, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Sania Mirza shows her hands decorated with henna after her marriage ceremony in Hyderabad April 13, 2010. REUTERS/Handout </p>

Sania Mirza shows her hands decorated with henna after her marriage ceremony in Hyderabad April 13, 2010. REUTERS/Handout

Sania Mirza shows her hands decorated with henna after her marriage ceremony in Hyderabad April 13, 2010. REUTERS/Handout

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<p>Family members and organisers bless a blind couple after their wedding vows during their wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad January 23, 2011.  REUTERS/Amit Dave </p>

Family members and organisers bless a blind couple after their wedding vows during their wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad January 23, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Family members and organisers bless a blind couple after their wedding vows during their wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad January 23, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>Muslim grooms sit during a mass wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad November 14, 2007. REUTERS/Amit Dave </p>

Muslim grooms sit during a mass wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad November 14, 2007. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Muslim grooms sit during a mass wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad November 14, 2007. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>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 the region. REUTERS/Amit Gupta </p>

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...more

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 the region. REUTERS/Amit Gupta

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<p>Hindu brides garland their grooms during a mass wedding ceremony in Mathura January 31, 2009. REUTERS/K.K. Arora </p>

Hindu brides garland their grooms during a mass wedding ceremony in Mathura January 31, 2009. REUTERS/K.K. Arora

Hindu brides garland their grooms during a mass wedding ceremony in Mathura January 31, 2009. REUTERS/K.K. Arora

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<p>Muslim bridegrooms, in traditional attire, wait for their wedding ritual during a mass marriage ceremony, in Bombay September 6, 2004. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe PP/LA</p>

Muslim bridegrooms, in traditional attire, wait for their wedding ritual during a mass marriage ceremony, in Bombay September 6, 2004. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe PP/LA

Muslim bridegrooms, in traditional attire, wait for their wedding ritual during a mass marriage ceremony, in Bombay September 6, 2004. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe PP/LA

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<p>A newly married couple travels by boat through a flooded road at Khanakul, about 200 km (126 miles) west of Kolkata July 7, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A newly married couple travels by boat through a flooded road at Khanakul, about 200 km (126 miles) west of Kolkata July 7, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

A newly married couple travels by boat through a flooded road at Khanakul, about 200 km (126 miles) west of Kolkata July 7, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>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 grooms for unmarried girls and boys. REUTERS/Amit Dave SD/LA</p>

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...more

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 grooms for unmarried girls and boys. REUTERS/Amit Dave SD/LA

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<p>Two toads decorated with flowers and vermilion go through traditional Hindu wedding ceremony at Khochakandar. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

Two toads decorated with flowers and vermilion go through traditional Hindu wedding ceremony at Khochakandar. REUTERS/Stringer

Two toads decorated with flowers and vermilion go through traditional Hindu wedding ceremony at Khochakandar. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A man holds money to throw during wedding celebration in New Delhi December 10, 2006. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan </p>

A man holds money to throw during wedding celebration in New Delhi December 10, 2006. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

A man holds money to throw during wedding celebration in New Delhi December 10, 2006. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

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<p>Women dance on the streets during a wedding in New Delhi December 12, 2006. REUTERS/Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi </p>

Women dance on the streets during a wedding in New Delhi December 12, 2006. REUTERS/Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi

Women dance on the streets during a wedding in New Delhi December 12, 2006. REUTERS/Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi

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<p>People light fireworks on a street during a wedding in New Delhi December 10, 2006. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan </p>

People light fireworks on a street during a wedding in New Delhi December 10, 2006. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

People light fireworks on a street during a wedding in New Delhi December 10, 2006. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

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<p>Grooms line-up during a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, about 60 km (37 miles) north from  Kolkata January 28, 2007.REUTERS/Parth Sanyal </p>

Grooms line-up during a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, about 60 km (37 miles) north from Kolkata January 28, 2007.REUTERS/Parth Sanyal

Grooms line-up during a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, about 60 km (37 miles) north from Kolkata January 28, 2007.REUTERS/Parth Sanyal

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<p>Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan, arrives for his wedding with Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai in Mumbai, 20 April 2007. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan, arrives for his wedding with Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai in Mumbai, 20 April 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan, arrives for his wedding with Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai in Mumbai, 20 April 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>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.  REUTERS/Amit Dave</p>

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. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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