No gold, no luxury wedding; Kozhikode couple breaks convention
Vadakara: “Marriage knots are tied in heaven.” This popular expression has made its real sense on Thursday when Akhilesh tied the nuptial knot with Archana here in Vadakara, Kozhikode district. By deciding not to exchange gold or money, the duo gave a unique touch to the marriage. The marriage projects a message of love to the world where atrocities against women for dowry are much popular.
Akhilesh, son of Sureshbabu (Kamala Flowers, Vadakara) and Jayasree of Puliyereentavida in Madappally and Archana, daughter of Ashokan and Shobha of Kaivelicheruvathu, decided to avoid all sorts of luxuries in the marriage. Initially, they faced criticism for opting to avoid ornaments made of gold. Being financially sound, both the families have also tried to convince them. However, the sheer determination and willpower of Akhilesh and Archana succeeded in convincing them and all gradually recognised the holiness and greatness of their move.
Unlike traditional marriages, they also avoided tying ‘thali (an auspicious golden chain that symbolically unites two souls) and wedding ring too.
The marriage function neither glittered in gold nor it looked luxurious. All it reflected was the pure and exquisite love the bride and groom had in their hearts.
Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, only 15 people were allowed to attend the marriage function. The function just had the bridegroom exchanging floral garlands and bouquets. Both the families haven’t received or exchanged any gold or money as part of the marriage.
Even before issues associated with dowries cropped up, Akhilesh and Archana had decided to avoid gold and unnecessary luxuries. Their marriage was fixed on April 25 and it was delayed due to the pandemic. Being a BTech graduate, Akhilesh works as a civil engineer and Archana is an MTech graduate.