By FnF Desk | PUBLISHED: 21, Feb 2015, 16:44 pm IST | UPDATED: 21, Feb 2015, 16:48 pm IST
Jaipur: It is Narayan Niwas Palace once owned by Thakur Amar Singh of Kanota, known for his famous diaries where films like Zubeidaa and Lal Badshah have been shot. Right now, it is playing host to a "baraat" from Pakistan. Padmini Rathore, daughter of Thakur Man Singh Kanota is marrying Karni Singh Sodha, son of Rana Hamir Singh and Rani Nalini Prabha of Amarkot, where Akbar was born.
Hamir Singh is an influential politician in Pakistan and has been a minister in Sindh. His three daughters are married in India from where he is taking a bride this time.
This is the second marriage between same erstwhile Hindu royal families of two countries within a fortnight. On February 10, Dhruv Singh, younger son of Gaj Singh Alsisar, married Kiran Kumari, daughter of Vikram Sing Sodha, a senior official with Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan. He is a cousin of Hamir Singh. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and her son Dushyant Singh spent two days at the marriage ceremonies. The marriage was held at Nahargarh, a palatial hotel owned by Gaj Singh at Sawai Madhopur near Ranthambore National Park. Man Singh, whose daughter is marrying today, is his cousin.
"They are giving daughter to Pakistan and I have brought theirs here," quips Alsisar: "I had never thought of marrying my son out of Rajasthan but it happened out of India. "Man Singh and his friends recall great hospitality that Rana Hamir Singh offered when they visited him for engagement a few weeks ago. Rana Hamir Singh and his family members are in India for over a month now, attending lunches and dinners hosted in their honour here.
How the marriages were fixed? One aunt in the family with marital relations in Pakistan had fixed a marriage in April last year. That was the occasion when Alsisar and Kanota families found their choices in Rana family.
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