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Gay Indian Couple Holds A Traditional Wedding Ceremony In A Hindu Temple, And Their Photos Go Viral
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Gay Indian Couple Holds A Traditional Wedding Ceremony In A Hindu Temple, And Their Photos Go Viral

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Love knows no boundaries. That’s what Amit Shah and Aditya Madiraju proved when they got married during a traditional, religious Hindu ceremony, in a temple in New Jersey.

The Indian couple’s impressive and stylish yet traditional wedding was immortalized by professional photographer Charmi Peña. Her wedding photos from the event were such a success, and they immediately went viral. Which is why the entire internet is busy talking about Amit and Aditya’s union.

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Image credits: Charmi Pena Photography

Image credits: Charmi Pena Photography

Photographer Charmi talked to Bored Panda about the fantastic Indian wedding, as well as a bit about herself: “I knew I was documenting something big for the Indian community. And my gut feeling has been borne out in the tons of messages from LGBTQ people who have said that the images give them hope.”

“I’m excited, of course, but mostly happy that people are seeing them,” Charmi elaborated about how she felt about her photos going viral. “Representation matters, and knowing how seeing themselves reflected is helping people, is so fulfilling for me.”

“I have a bit of a bad memory. But when I see photos, I remember everything: the smells, the sounds, the emotions. Photography lets me give that to others,” Charmi revealed to Bored Panda about her love of photography. She also said that she didn’t always know she’d wind up as a photographer. She’s Indian, just like Amit and Aditya: “I thought I was going to be a doctor!”

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Dance choreographer Amit, who is 32, and his husband Aditya, who is 31 and works in risk management, are both practicing Hindus. Indian traditions are very important to them. That’s why after dating for a few years, the cute couple filled out the paperwork for a civil union in New York City at the start of 2019, and then also decided to have a traditional ceremony in New Jersey on July 19. The pair wore striking kurtas by designer Anita Dongre during the actual wedding ceremony.

“We didn’t realize the impact a simple wedding at a temple would have on people around the world looking for hope,” Amit and Aditya wrote on Instagram. Aditya told Irish News that “Having a traditional wedding is something that wasn’t out of the ordinary for either of us as we come from pretty traditional and conservative backgrounds.”

Image credits: Charmi Pena Photography

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Meanwhile, Amit explained to Vogue India that the couple first met “three years ago in a small Lower East Side bar for a friends birthday. Since that night, we have been together.”

Image credits: Charmi Pena Photography

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In India, gay marriage hasn’t been recognized legally yet, with opinions on the issue varying from disapproving to favorable, depending on the area, community and temple in question.

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Storytelling, journalism, and art are a core part of who I am. I've been writing and drawing ever since I could walk—there is nothing else I'd rather do. My formal education, however, is focused on politics, philosophy, and economics because I've always been curious about the gap between the ideal and the real. At work, I'm a Senior Writer and I cover a broad range of topics that I'm passionate about: from psychology and changes in work culture to healthy living, relationships, and design. In my spare time, I'm an avid hiker and reader, enjoy writing short stories, and love to doodle. I thrive when I'm outdoors, going on small adventures in nature. However, you can also find me enjoying a big mug of coffee with a good book (or ten) and entertaining friends with fantasy tabletop games and sci-fi movies.

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Storytelling, journalism, and art are a core part of who I am. I've been writing and drawing ever since I could walk—there is nothing else I'd rather do. My formal education, however, is focused on politics, philosophy, and economics because I've always been curious about the gap between the ideal and the real. At work, I'm a Senior Writer and I cover a broad range of topics that I'm passionate about: from psychology and changes in work culture to healthy living, relationships, and design. In my spare time, I'm an avid hiker and reader, enjoy writing short stories, and love to doodle. I thrive when I'm outdoors, going on small adventures in nature. However, you can also find me enjoying a big mug of coffee with a good book (or ten) and entertaining friends with fantasy tabletop games and sci-fi movies.

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I joined Bored Panda as an image editor back in 2014, during its early stages. It's been quite a journey since then! Over time, I transitioned through different roles until I eventually became the Content Lead. In this position, I now oversee the creation of the viral content published here on Bored Panda. While my primary focus lies in raising awareness about important social issues like gender and race equality, as well as mental health topics, I also enjoy sharing lighter content, such as memes, cat images and intriguing world curiosities. Outside of work, you'll likely find me engaged in one of five activities: planning a vacation, browsing thrift stores, experimenting in the kitchen, watching movies, or spending quality time with my two cats.

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Julija Nėjė

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I joined Bored Panda as an image editor back in 2014, during its early stages. It's been quite a journey since then! Over time, I transitioned through different roles until I eventually became the Content Lead. In this position, I now oversee the creation of the viral content published here on Bored Panda. While my primary focus lies in raising awareness about important social issues like gender and race equality, as well as mental health topics, I also enjoy sharing lighter content, such as memes, cat images and intriguing world curiosities. Outside of work, you'll likely find me engaged in one of five activities: planning a vacation, browsing thrift stores, experimenting in the kitchen, watching movies, or spending quality time with my two cats.

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Gay or Straight, Indians have some of the most beautiful weddings ever! Congrats to these two men. :)

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4 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OMG you can see the love in these photos. I wish them all the best for their future.

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Gay or Straight, Indians have some of the most beautiful weddings ever! Congrats to these two men. :)

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4 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OMG you can see the love in these photos. I wish them all the best for their future.

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