Amit Shah and Aditya Madiraju got married in a traditional Hindu ceremony.
A large section of the Indian American community may be rigid and squeamish about gay relationships. But two young boys from New Jersey, Amit Shah and Aditya Madiraju, proved to the world that gay marriages deserve the same respect, celebration and traditional fanfare as any other wedding.
The two had got married in a civil ceremony at the New York City Hall in January. But when Madiraju’s parents came to the United States for the first time, they decided to have a traditional Hindu ceremony.
So they tied the knot over the weekend in a beautiful ceremony with their family and friends. The two were at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Robbinsville, New Jersey, for a private “Abhishek” ceremony and had the blessings of their family members.
The grooms wore Indian designer Anita Dongre’s creations. Shah, who works as a creative director and choreographer, described himself as a proud husband on social media soon after the wedding.
He also shared beautiful images from his marriage ceremony on Instagram and gave a powerful message for the LGBT rights around the world. “Thank you to everyone who took the time out to congratulate Aditya and I over the last few days,” he wrote. “We are unable to respond to each and every message, but we are very grateful for your support. As we fall back into our routine life, it is important to remember that any conversation about same-sex marriage is healthy (whether you agree with the views of others or not.) To open up someone’s mind about something they know nothing about takes time and patience. Anger and frustration is never the way to build awareness. Give those uninformed a chance to learn and realize that LOVE is more powerful than any race, religion, gender, or preference. Keep the conversation open.”
The couple’s wedding followed all the rituals of a big, fat, Indian wedding complete with sangeet and cocktail night and comprised many functions spread across New Jersey and New York City. Shah’s better half, Aditya Madiraju, is a fashion illustrator. The couple’s many wedding images are setting the tone for a new normal in the community.
(This post was updated on July 27, 2019)