Russian man marries Ukrainian girlfriend in Dharamsala

Even as Russia and Ukraine are embroiled in a more than five-month-long military conflict, one young couple has proven that love conquers all.

Sergei Novkov, a Russian living in Ukraine, married his Ukrainian girlfriend Ilona Bramuka at Divya Ashram Kharota in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, according to Sanatan Dharma traditions. Times of India said.

Locals attending the wedding performed all the rituals and danced to traditional Himachal folk music, making the newlyweds feel “at home”. A kangri dham was arranged for the guests.

Novokov and Bramuka had been in a relationship for the past two years and decided to get married this year, choosing Dharamshala as their wedding destination despite the war.

Pandit Sandeep Sharma of Divya Ashram Kharota told TOI that the duo had been living in Dharamkot near Dharamsala for the past one year. He further said, “Our Pandit Raman Sharma performed their marriage ceremony and explained the importance of marriage according to the traditions of Sanatan Dharma.”

The wedding rituals were performed by Vinod Sharma and his family including the ‘Kanyadan’ of Bramuka.

Foreign tourists staying in Dharamkot also joined, paid and enjoyed the rituals.

The couple wore traditional Indian wedding attire and took keen interest in the hymns being recited, upon which Pandit Raman Sharma explained to them the meaning of each mantra with the help of a translator.

The couple went on to have a number of marriages and proposals in Ukraine, with reports of “marriage fever” as the war escalated.

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