The couple Jay and Riya also urged all their well-wishers to contribute to the PM Cares Fund instead of gifting the money to them.
With more than 13,00,000 positive cases and 75,000+ reported deaths due to Corona Virus, USA has become a hardest hit country due to Corona. Amid this scenario, a USA based Gujarati Youth has made an unprecedented decision about their wedding and chose to lead by an example.
Bhavnagar (Gujarat) based, coordinator of Bharatiya Vichar Manch and veteran leader of RSS Mr. Ajaybhai Sheth (Ex-BSNL)'s son Jay and USA based Mr. Rajendra Shah's daughter Riya did a exemplary act in America and made India proud. In today's health emergency, when people try to find a reason to go out by violating rules of physical distancing and lock-down norms in many parts of the country, this couple from NJ has set an example for others.
Jay and Riya's wedding was decided on April 17th. However, due to the COVID-19 situation, it became a challenge. The couple was determined to abide by social distancing rules and complete all the preparations without stepping out of home. Techies by profession, Jay & Riya made it happen by planning the wedding at the granular level.
Every traditional Indian wedding is incomplete without Var-Mala (Garland). The couple prepared their own unique garlands using rose petals and threads of rakhis, which symbolizes knots of love and commitment. Groom's parents residing at Bhavnagar and Bride's parents residing at Vadodara along with other relatives blessed the newly weds through an online video call.
By respecting social distancing guidelines and considering safety, the couple didn't invite the Pandit Maharaj in person though he lives nearby to their residence in USA. Pandit Maharaj performed all the necessary rituals and chants of Vedic shlokas over an online video call.
Wedding gift money to PM Cares Fund
Not limiting themselves to this unique achievement or sharing photos of their online wedding, the couple took yet another commendable action. They urged all their well-wishers, relatives and friends to contribute the amount meant as gift of their wedding to PM Cares Fund. They had indicated that any amount would be find by them. Their challenge got an unbelievable positive response and became a new trend on Instagram.
Jay and Riya opined that if every Indian donates a rupee, it will add around 130 crores to the Nation's fund and will help the country tremendously in this difficult time. The exemplary act of Jay & Riya to consider nation first above their own interests has won accolades from the world over.