We have heard about marriages on beaches or palaces or Taj Mahal but marriage in a train is something crazy to ears. A unique but very interesting marriage took place in Panchavati Express.
The commuters of the coach C3 of the Panchavati Express witnessed this marriage on Monday, June 3. Shyam Jadhav and Sarika Mohite tied knot and became the first couple in the country to marry on a train, when they exchanged vows in the presence of a pandit and 110 ‘passenger guests’ travelling by the Panchvati Express on Monday afternoon.
Shyam who is 28, is a real estate agent by profession, commutes to Mumbai at least four times in a week and is travelling by Panchavati Express since past 10 years. In this journey of 10years several commuters became his close friends and they all board the Adarsh compartment, which is reserved for the pass holders so they wanted Shyam to get married on train. Shyam laughed at this idea but when he realized that his friends wanted him to consider this option and also bride-to-be was interested for this, he soon agreed for the same and made it memorable to proudly share it with their children.
On Saturday, they had an elaborate wedding in Nashik, where the pheras took place. The train wedding was restricted to commuter friends only where the Adarsh compartment had the limit of 70 passengers but the railway didn’t mind another 40 passengers on board. The couple loved every minute of it.
Shyam and Sarika boarded the train at 7am along with a pandit and the guests and tied the knot with all the religious chants after which the reception ceremony was announced. Mr. Bipin Gandhi,president of an NGO called Rail Parishad organized this function who commutes Mumbai five times a week and he actually had dreamt of his daughter’s marriage on train but unfortunately had to back off because of his family’s opposition. He was very happy with Shyam’s and Sarika’s marriage.
No money was charged to the couple by The Central Railway as the permission was sought by the pass holders. A spokesperson from Central Railway said ‘there is no previous record of a wedding being hosted on train’. A railway caterer from Manmad was hired to supply food for the reception. The menu comprised of idlis, vadas and a range of sandwiches with which the more sweetness was added to the wedding by feeding the Motichur Ladoos.
Indeed this is a remarkable and an awe-struck marriage for the couple as well as the Nashikites. People get to ready plan your special occasion by doing innovative things as we always say “Stay raw, Stay foolish.”