Udupi: State govt likely to revive marriage scheme 'Saptapadi' soon

Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (SS)

Udupi, Oct 4: The 'Saptapadi' scheme launched by the Muzrai department in 2021 is likely to be revived going by the indications given by the incumbent government.

Former Muzrai minister in the erstwhile BJP government Kota Srinivasa Poojary had launched the 'Saptapadi' scheme. The new Congress government which took office had not indicated its intent to continue with the scheme. However, the incumbent Muzrai minister Ramalinga Reddy has responded positively to continue the 'Saptapadi' scheme and thus ended the suspense.

Under the scheme, the bride and the bridegroom were provided clothing, gold and food by the temple administration trusts. Bridegrooms were given shirts, dhotis and Rs 5,000 in cash while the brides were given sarees, Rs 1,000 in cash and 8 grams of gold for Mangalasutra. The total expenditure for both the bride and bridegroom came up to Rs 55,000 and this expenditure was borne by the temple and reimbursed by the government.

Kollur Sri Mukambika Temple has spent Rs 13,95,293 while Mandarthi Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple Rs 32,92,591, Kamalashile Sri Brahmi Durgaparameshwari Temple Rs 1,50,000, Neelavara Sri Mahishamardhini Temple Rs 1,17,265, Kota Sri Amrutheshwari Temple Rs 8,19,024 and Maranakatte Sri Brahmalingeshwara Temple Rs 17,26,172 have spent under the scheme.

Under the Saptapadi scheme from 2021 up to March 2023, marriages of 23 couples have taken place in Kollur Sri Mukambika Temple, 76 in Mandarthi Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple, 3 in Kamalashile Sri Brahmi Durgaparameshwari Temple, 2 in Neelavara Sri Mahishamardhini Temple, 12 in Kota Sri Amrutheshwari Temple and 37 couples in Maranakatte Sri Brahmalingeshwara Temple.

Prashanth Kumar Shetty, assistant commissioner of religious endowment department said, "We have been getting enquiries about the Saptapadi scheme. So far, we have not received any intimation from the government on the continuation of the scheme. Temples have been instructed to take necessary steps accordingly."

Muzrai minister Ramalinga Reddy said, "There were no announcements pertaining to the scheme due to the Ashada month. We have no intention to stop this scheme. The concerned officials will shortly notify on the scheme."





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  • LN, Dubai/Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 04 2023

    Sapthapadi gone Shadi bhagya on!!!

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Thu, Oct 05 2023

    Both can be combined by renaming it Sapthapadi Bhagya.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Wed, Oct 04 2023

    one more pro-poor step by the honest and just CM of Karu nadu

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Thu, Oct 05 2023

    Shaadi Bhagya was also (one-sided) pro-poor.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 04 2023

    Is it only for the first marriage..

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  • Ashok, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 04 2023

    I agree with you that one can marry couple of times when there is not much expense involved. Though in the developed countries, they don't invite thousands of guests for wedding, the expenses are telling. Expensive wedding gowns, expensive ring and expensive location are part of that expense. usually those young couple bear this expenses unlike India where your dad takes care of everything including your new flat and new vehicle. So, it is a big expense for those young ones in the developed countries too.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Wed, Oct 04 2023

    Monty Dotor, I think they should even allow for second marriage also, since monogamy is monotony.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Wed, Oct 04 2023

    Santhan M.Kinnigoli ,What ?First marriage is monotony?Second one ?Marriage itself first or second has responsibility and meaning .It shouldnt be a ritualAt the most when first partner dies ,is ok .But not for leisure .

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