Marriage is the sweet, sweet dream that every woman wants. No matter how earnestly opposed to the institution, every woman fantasizes about marriage; In fact in India, every middle aged person is seems to be committed to get an unmarried man or woman get hitched.
But do you know that in India, the transgender people get married in a very interesting way.
Marriage tradition of Indian transgender community
Transgender people of India, or Kinnars, get married for a day, and their wedding is something unique.
We often see the Kinnar community heartily joining marriage or birth celebrations and give their blessings. It is said that blessings bestowed by a kinnar is very auspicious as they are descendants of a sacred figure.
Iravaan was the son of Arjuna and Naga princess Ulupi. According to mythology, to secure their victory in the Kurukshetra war, the Pandavas prayed to goddess Kali. Kali demanded that in order to win, they will have to sacrifice their royal blood. While all the princes were hesitant, Iravat stood up and offered his own self for sacrifice, but only on the condition that he be married before dying.
The problem was, no woman wanted to get married to Iravaan. Why would any woman get married to a man who shall most certainly die the next day?
So, Krishna changed his form into that of a woman named Mohini, and got married to him. The next day, when he died, Mohini properly wailed on the loss of her husband.
In honour of his sacrifice, Kinnars, similar to Krishna/Mohini, observe the tradition of a single-day marriage with Iravaan.
This tradition is most prevalent in parts of Tamil Nadu. The wedding is held in the traditional Hindu customs. On the first full moon of the Hindu New year, after 18 days of full wedding celebrations, Kinnars get married to their deity Iravaan while a priest bejewels their neck with a Mangalsutra.
The real celebration starts after the wedding. The new wives parade around the city with an idol of the deity, and soon after break the idol and cry like war widows, echoing the woes of Mohini.