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Seeking Dead Groom: Family’s Unusual Quest After 30 Years

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In the Dakshina Kannada district, a recent newspaper ad looking for a groom for a woman who passed away thirty years ago has made waves.
This unusual advertisement comes from a family in Puttur, in the Dakshina Kannada district. They feel that their deceased daughter’s single status in the afterlife is what’s causing their continuous misfortunes, so they are trying to set her up for marriage.

The family suffered tragedy thirty years ago when their baby girl died. Since then, they have encountered unforeseen difficulties.

Seeking guidance from elders, they were told that their dead daughter’s unsettled spirit might be at the root of their troubles.

To bring peace to her soul, the family decided to arrange a marriage for her – an unique and poignant endeavour.

To find a groom for somebody who died 30 years ago, the parents got an advertisement published in a widely read newspaper in the district.

The advertisement reads: “Seeking groom who passed 30 years ago for a bride (sic) who passed 30 years ago. Please call the number to arrange a Pretha Maduve (marriage of spirits).” Despite exhaustive efforts by relatives and friends, finding a suitable dead groom of the same age and caste proved elusive, say the heartbroken parents.

This unconventional practice underscores a longstanding tradition in Tulunadu – the region spread across three coastal districts of Karnataka and portion of neighbouring Kasargod district in Kerala where local dialect Tulu is spoken.

In this region, arranging marriages for dead individuals holds deep emotional significance.

Folklore experts from Tuluva claim that the deceased stay in touch with their families and participate in both their happiness and sorrows. As a result, food offerings and arranging marriages for departed souls are preferred over rituals like “Vaikunta Samaradhane” and “Pinda Pradana.”

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