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A Royal Union

Akshay Chavan, Blogger on Indian Royalty writes about the wedding of Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar
The wedding of Prince Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar and Princess Nivritti Kumari Singh Deo of Patna Balangir was a much anticipated affair. It was a union of heirs of two distinguished dynasties. Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar is the son and heir of Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar, the 76th custodian of the Mewar dynasty in Udaipur dating back almost 1000 years! Despite such distinguished history, the family adapted well to modernity and were among the first families to open their Lake Palace as a heritage hotel. Today, HRH group runs a network of heritage hotels and charitable institutions.

From left to Right: Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar, his mother Vijayraj Kumari Mewar, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar and Nivritti Kumari Singh Deo

Princess Nivritti Kumari Singh Deo of Patna Balangir hails from an equally ancient and distinguished family. The house of Singh Deos ruled over Patna Balangir in Orissa. After independence, the family made a transition to ‘Political royalty’. Nivritti’s great grandfather was RN Singh Deo, who served as the Chief Minister of Orissa from 1967 to 1971. Both of Nivritti’s parents, mother Sangeeta Singh Deo and father Kanak Vardhan Singh Deo are senior BJP leaders from Orissa.

From Left to Right: Padmaja Kumari Parmar, Vijayraj Kumari Mewar, Shriji, Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar ,Bhargavi Kumari Mewar, Lokaviaa Mewar Rathore, Bhuvika Mewar Rathore and Lokendra Singh Rathore of Kotri

Following the Rajput royal tradition, the wedding was held at the Bride’s place in Bhubhaneshvar. The wedding venue was decorated like the Patnagarh Palace. Senior political leaders, members of Royal families from all over the country and prominent business persons attended the wedding.

Similar lavish festivities are planned in Udaipur, where the groom’s side will throw a series of receptions for the guests against the backdrop of opulent palaces and shimmering Lake Pichola. The event that the City of Lakes is gearing up for is the Shaadi Ri Goth or wedding reception which will be held on January 24 at Shikarbadi, Udaipur. It is expected that a huge number of guests including visitors from abroad and important dignitaries from all over India will land in the city to wish the bride and groom. The wedding ceremonies will draw to a close on January 28 with the Bidai (farewell) or ceremonial farewell given to the pundits (priests), after which the ceremonies are officially declared as having been completed as per the ancient Vedic traditions adhered to by the House of Mewar and its 76th Custodian, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur.

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