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When a sister marries her sister-in-law in Vadodara

A tribal community of Gujarat has a unique wedding tradition that requires an unmarried sister to act as a bridegroom by replacing her brother during the marriage ceremony.

Vadodara, May 3 : A tribal community of Gujarat has a unique wedding tradition that requires an unmarried sister to act as a "bridegroom" by replacing her brother during the marriage ceremony.

The bachelor sister goes through all rituals, which otherwise are performed by the boy.

Members of the Randhwa tribal community have been following this tradition for ages.

"Only the younger sister of the groom performs the rituals, and the sister should be unmarried. A married sister cannot go," said Bhavsinghbhai Radhwa, the tribal leader of the Randhawa community.

In the Hindu marriage system, the bridegroom goes to a girl's place and is supposed to perform various rituals to marry her.

But the bridegroom belonging to the Randhawa tribal community is forbidden to visit his would be wife's place on the wedding day. He can meet his bride only after she is escorted by his unmarried sister to their home.

It is believed that by replacing the boy during his marriage, the unmarried sister takes upon herself every probable curse meant for him by evil spirits.

"It is believed that since the groom is young and unmarried, he will probably face troubles in terms of his health if he goes out to get his bride. Therefore, for the safety of the groom, it is the sister of the groom who brings the wedded bride home after they perform vows in front of the sacred fire," said Sunitaben Radhwa.

The sister's role concludes when the bride reaches the new home at her husband's residence.

Be it garlanding, going round the holy fire in the presence of a priest uttering Shlokas from scriptures, it is all done by the groom's sister.

Even the marriage vows are actually taken by the sister.

A day later, the entire village is invited to dine with the newly-wed boy and girl and bless them for a happy married life.

ANI

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