"Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line," goes part of a quote by late American actress Lucille Ball.
A 24-year-old woman called Kshama Bondu from Gujarat, India, had perhaps taken this up a notch by marrying herself on June 8 - making headlines in the process.
According to reports, Kshama, a digital creator, had initially planned to conduct the private wedding ceremony on June 11, but decided to prepone it to June 8, after the priest she had engaged ran off after finding out the truth.
The woman had shared pictures of the ceremony, in which she can be seen clad in a red saree, while taking part in rituals in front of the sacred fire. In fact, Kshama even performed the "seven pheras" (circumambulation around a fire), considered an essential part of the marriage ritual. Friends and family attended the event.
"It was a dream come true. This marriage had everything, except a groom and a priest. As per the rituals, I performed puja of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi, garlanded myself, applied sindoor on my head, and even took seven vows, which I had written for myself," Kshama was quoted saying by NDTV.com.
Kshama, who identifies as a bisexual person, said that her intention of marrying herself was to break stereotypes and to inspire others who are "tired of finding true love".
She claims that her parents have been supportive of her decision. She is reportedly headed to Goa for a two-week honeymoon.
Photo source: Times of India
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