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Esha Deol and Bharat Takhlani’s ISKCON Wedding

Esha Deol and Bharat Takhlani

The wedding of Esha Deol and Bharat Takhlani was held at 7.30 in the morning on June 29th (Friday) at the ISKCON temple (Hare Rama Hare Krishna temple) in Juhu. Only close family members were invited to this traditional South-Indian event at the temple’s Padma Palace. Esha Deol’s marriage function included ceremonies such as Mangala Snanan, Kashi Yaatrai, Maalai Matral, Oonjal, Kanyadanam/Kannigadhaanam, Muhurtum, Saptapadi and Sammandhi Mariyathai.

For the wedding ceremony, the ISKCON temple was decorated in a traditional red-gold scheme, with a canopy decorated with marigold, mogra and roses. The pillars of the mandap were wrapped in matching silk drapes with garlands of flowers. At the entrance of Esha Deol’s wedding venue were plantain trees, while the doorways was lined with mango leaves and pallikais (small clay pots), in typical south Indian style.

For the wedding ceremony, Esha Deol wore a traditional red silk Kanjeevaram sari with heavy South Indian wedding jewellery. This red and gold wedding sari was designed by Neeta Lulla, after combining three kanchivaram sarees purchased in Tamil Nadu. Bharat Takhlani, on the other hand, was not dressed like a traditional south Indian groom (shirtless, with a lungi) for the wedding. Instead, he wore a white sherwani with heavy zari work, in his trademark glittering style. He also wore a maroon and orange wedding turban designed by Neeta Lulla.

Dharmendra was present to give away the bride, dressed in a simple jacket and shirt. Bobby and Sunny did not turn up for the wedding. Other guests present at Esha Deol’s wedding ceremony were Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek (who had not invited the Deols for the Abhi-Ash wedding, yet shamelessly turned up), Vyjayantimala, Vinod Khanna, Fardeen Khan, Nita Ambani and Subroto Roy.

During the wedding ceremony, light vegetarian snacks were served together with coconut water and watermelon juice. After the functions were over, a vegetarian lunch was served on the temple premises.

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