The Couple Got Married In the First Traditional Hindu Underwater Wedding
The marriage of the young couple was dubbed the first traditional Hindu underwater wedding by local media. Reportedly, the bride and groom got up early to dive off the Neelankarai coast, all the while dressed in their traditional wedding attire. The bride wore a traditional red sari while the groom used a dhoti. This was done despite the fact that the enthusiastic groom and bride had practiced diving only in wet suits. According to the groom, Chinnadurai, who is also a licensed scuba diver, they had to make sure to exchange garlands and tie the thaali before 7.30 AM, as per the instructions of their priest.
The Bride Took Diving Lessons Just a Month Prior to the Wedding
While groom Chinnadurai may have been scuba diving for twelve years, bride Swetha had to take lessons. She only had one month to prepare before the wedding and said the underwater wedding was the suggestion of the groom’s family. She shared that they managed to convince her, and she quickly became confident in her skills after some swimming pool training sessions and a few scuba diving runs. Swetha added that she had a wonderful first-time experience when she went to the bottom of the sea and saw live fish swimming by her.
While describing the ceremony, the groom explained that it took them around 45 minutes to complete the entire underwater ritual. He added that their underwater wedding ceremony was also meant to serve as means to spread awareness about water pollution.