This photo of Indian brides and grooms at a mass marriage ceremony proves that the pratice dates back to the golden past. Mass weddings are generally organised by NGOs to cut down the wedding cost and help the daughters of poor family get married in a respectable manner
A mass marriage or collective wedding ceremony is an event in which several couples are married at the same time and at the same venue. The practice of mass marriage exists in Mumbai since the 'Bombay era'. This old photo of grooms at a mass wedding is a reflection of the grandeur of the event
Maharashtra government and NGOs have been conducting mass marriages in and around Mumbai for years.
In pic: Grooms sit in a row and perform wedding rituals collectively at their mass wedding ceremony
In pic: Muslim grooms dressed in traditional wedding attire, perform the rituals during a mass wedding event
The concept of mass marriage brought in a sigh of relief for economically backward families, who could not afford the high wedding costs
In pic: Grooms arrive in traditional wedding costumes for a mass wedding ceremony
Mumbai has been witnessing mass marriages for quite some years now. Like other Indian cities, mass marriages in Mumbai are organized by social workers to help the financially backward strata of the city.
In pic: Muslim grooms take part in a mass marriage ceremony.
If a wedding ceremony in itself is a big deal, then mass marriages is also a massive affair. This old picture shows brides being carried on the shoulder of men during a mass marriage ceremony
A vintage photo shows a couple after their wedding ceremony in Mumbai
Mumbai is one of those Indian cities, where the custom of mass marriage existed even during the olden times. These old pictures from the archives will take you back in the yesteryear of mass marriages
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