While one might think Swayamvars are no longer relevant in the modern world and are confined only to mythological movies and serials, then they might want to think again. Recently, in Bihar, a groom recreated a scene from Lord Rama and Sita’s wedding by breaking a ‘Bow’ before marrying his bride. Now, this video is going viral leaving netizens quite amused. In this Modern Day Swayamvar, Groom Breaks ‘Dhanush’ And Marries The Bride.
Groom Breaks ‘Dhanush’ And Marries The Bride
We all know about the Ram-Sita wedding tale from the epic Ramayana. In the Swayamvar that took place in Mithila, prospective grooms had to put on the bowstring joining the ends of the two limbs of the bow. As it was a difficult test to pass, many failed, however, when Lord Rama tried he broke the bow, which was of Lord Shiva. This groom from Saran district in Bihar too, did the same, breaking the bow into half before he proceeded to put garland on his bride. However, the only difference here was that the groom was already fixed, and it was not a duel among many suitors.
The video clip of modern day Swayamvar is viral on social media
The clip which has taken social media by storm shows the man dressed in an elaborate wedding attire praying to Lord Shiva before dramatically lifting the bow, while priests continued to chant mantras and explain the tale of Ramayana. And as soon as the bow breaking ritual was completed, the bride was brought to the stage to carry out the ceremony.
The scene inspired by Ramayana got a thundering response from the guests gathered at the wedding. However, the footage made it evident that Covid-19 protocols were not followed. Forget maintaining social distancing norms, most were seen sans masks. Although it did manage to create a huge buzz online, it is unclear why the Swayamvar and Dhanush breaking ritual was enacted for the wedding!