Match Made in Heaven
One date. 60,000 weddings. All on November 27.
Unless you have been invited to a wedding on November 27, the best thing to do would be to stay home. Thanks to an auspicious day in the Hindu calendar, 60,000 weddings are taking place that day in Delhi. The police have issued a travel advisory and bumper-to-bumper traffic is expected everywhere.
Twenty-seven adds up to nine which is the number of Mars, while the entire date (27+11+2011) adds up to six, the number of Venus. Astrologers calculate auspicious dates for a couple according to their nakshatra (stars). Astrologer Prem Kumar Sharma says the day falls on a Sunday which is ruled by the Sun and is a good day for two people to meet. Also, Mercury, Venus and rahu, the north node of the moon, are in one house while the powerful Sun and Saturn are in the other house. “Their position influences marriage in a good way,” he says.
Every marriage hall in Delhi is booked for three shifts on the auspicious day. Wedding parties have been warned not to exceed the allotted time. Manika Garg of E-factor, an event and wedding management company, says resources are being stretched to the limit. Food caterers and bandwallahs might end up doing five shifts. Armaan Khan, a wedding planner, says there is a tremendous hike in prices. “For venues, people are paying Rs 1-2 lakh more than the usual price just because of the high demand,” he says.
November 27 will break previous records. The last big day was in Mumbai when 50,000 weddings took place in April 2010. An outsider might be forgiven for thinking November 27 is a grand festival day.