Monday, July 11, 2011
Cigarette Smoking Monkey Weds His Lover In India
According to a Reuters report two monkeys tied the knot in the forests of northwestern India on Friday.
Worship of animals as avatars of the gods isn't new in Hindu beliefs. Monkeys enjoy significant role in Hindu mythology where they are worshiped as avatars of Hanuman, the mighty ape that helped Rama in his fight against evil.
Raju, the "groom," was famous in his village, attracting crowds wherever he went. He was known for eating, sleeping and smoking cigarettes with his owner, Ramesh Saini, who treated him like a son.
Two months ago Saini met soon-to-be-bride Chinki's caretaker, a priest in a nearby village, who proposed the marriage of the two monkeys.
Plans for the wedding of "Raju" and "Chinki" were welcomed by the people of the small village of Talwas, with excitement.
"I want to enjoy the feelings of a son's marriage through Raju's wedding," said Rajesh, a 38-year-old married but childless auto rickshaw driver who nursed Raju back to health after finding him unconscious three years ago.
"We will welcome the bride in our house in Banetha after the wedding with all rituals," said an excited Saini while offering tea to the newly wed Raju at a roadside tea shop.
Full story here.