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Liz and Arun's big fat Indian wedding

March 09, 2007 22:01 IST

After partying for three days, India-born businessman Arun Nayar tied the knot on Friday for the second time with British model Liz Hurley according to traditional Hindu customs at the plush Umaid Bhawan Palace.

The couple, who had held a civil wedding in Britain's Sudeley Castle on March 3, walked around the sacred fire seven times at the Museum Courtyard amidst the chanting of Vedic hymns by five priests led by Lalit Trivedi.

The function, originally planned at the Baradari, a structure with 12 poles, was shifted to the palace-turned -hotel's courtyard at the last moment at the suggestion of religious authorities.

Other ceremonies like the presenting of rings and bangles to the bride were held in the Darbar Hall.

"The wedding started promptly at 7.15 pm and the rituals were completed within an hour," said a source at the palace, where the celebrity couple is staying.

Earlier, Nayar arrived at the hotel at the head of a symbolic marriage procession, wearing an off-white Jodhpuri suit and sitting on a black mare.

More than 10 horses and a couple of decorated camels were part of the procession that started from the palace's Lancer Lawns.

All the baratis wore traditional Rajasthani dresses with saffron turbans. Hurley wore an off-white lehanga-chuni and gold ornaments.

Ashish Mehta in Jodhpur
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