Woman Priest In Kolkata Ditches Patriarchal Traditions, Performs Wedding Without Kanyadaan

There is absolutely no explanation or reason for a groom to demand dowry from his wife. Parents who have vested years in raising their daughters and invested thousands to ensure that they stand shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts, for all I know should be lauded, instead of being asked to pay dowry.

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But 2018 is a different year and we have been seeing a series of revolutions breaking from every nook and corner in this country. 

A woman priest in Kolkata is performing weddings, sans Kanyadaan!  

This is the story of Nandini Bhowmik, the priest who’s ensured that several young brides go to their future houses without a penny from their parent’s wallets. Nandini came forward with a motive. She wanted to discard patriarchy. 

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  •  “I want to do away with the patriarchal mindset where parents appear to be renouncing the custody of their kanya, treating her like a commodity and giving her away as daan (donation),” says Nandini Bhowmik, reports TOI

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    Nandini teaches Sanskrit at Jadavpur University, and to solemnise the unusual wedding of Anvita Janardhanan and Arka Bhattacharya, she was accompanied by Ruma Roy, a fellow priest, and Semanti Banerjee and Poulami Chakraborty who serve as vocalists. 

    It wasn’t just the way this wedding was being conducted, but the sheer demeanour of all four women that captivated everyone. First, they chanted all the mantras in Sanskrit and then explained them thoroughly in English and Bengali. 

    With her talent, Nandini has become so popular across the state that several couples reach out to her months before their wedding, to ensure that she is available on those dates. Everyone, including Anvita Janardhanan and Arka Bhattacharya, the bride and groom for the said wedding feel that women are not only better at performing mantras, they are also through with the understanding. 

    “I have heard so many male priests reciting the mantras wrong. At a friend’s wedding officiated by Nandini and her friends last year, I was instantly drawn to the way the Sanskrit lines were vividly explained in English and Bengali,” Arka said.

    To say the least, this isn’t the first time that a woman has taken the lead and proved that she did a better job. Recently, Rajeshwari Sharma, a single mom kicked patriarchy’s ass and married off her daughter. 

    Read more: Picture Of Single Mother Performing Her Daughter’s ‘Kanyadaan’ Is A Tight Slap To Patriarchy

    We feel extremely proud to learn about such bold, brave and sensible people, who are changing our world for the better, one step at a time. 

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