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Hurley marries at Indian ceremony
By Monica Chadha
BBC News, Jodhpur

The couple's arrival in Jodhpur has been highly publicised

British actress Elizabeth Hurley and new husband, Arun Nayar, have married again, this time in the city of Jodhpur in western India.

The couple, who were married last week in a private ceremony in England, held a traditional Indian wedding since Nayar has family connections in India.

Security was tight at the royal Umaid Bhavan palace, where the ceremony was held on Friday evening.

The couple arrived on Wednesday in time for a number of pre-wedding parties.

It was reported that the wedding would be conducted according to Indian rituals with a Hindu priest.

Mr Nayar arrived at the venue riding a white horse, followed by a marriage procession according to Indian customs.

'Auspicious'

Most of the women guests wore pink saris while the men wore multi-coloured turbans.

Security at Umaid Bhavan palace

Among the guests are Greek prince Nikolaos Pavlos, his girlfriend Titiana, Indian industrialist Gautam Singhania and socialite Parameshwar Godrej.

An astrologer in Jodhpur, Madan Purohit, said Friday was an auspicious day for the couple to get married again.

"From an astrological point of view, if they get married today, they can be assured of a long, successful and happy life together," he said.

The tight security was beefed up further on the big day to keep paparazzi away.

A staff member at Umaid Bhawan palace said even the palace employees were not going to be allowed in the Fountain Courtyard, where the couple were to tie the knot.

"Even if we want to see the celebrities and such a big wedding taking place in our palace we have been told that we cannot enter there. When people will ask us if we saw it with our own eyes, we will have to lie and tell them that we did," the member of staff said.

The wedding is being followed by a grand dinner in Mehrangarh fort near the palace.

'Traditional ambience'

Many of the guests travelled to the reception in air-conditioned coaches adorned with marigold flower strands.

The couple arrived in Jodhpur on Wednesday evening and began a three-day long wedding party culminating in the Friday's reception.

Guests arrive in Jodhpur for the wedding
Guests have been arriving for the ceremony

On Wednesday, they reportedly played a cricket match in the moonlight on the grounds of the palace.

On Thursday the entire group went to Nagaur fort where they had an evening of dance and music. There was a performance by well-known Indian drummer Sivamani and musician Louis Banks.

A special theme song was also reportedly performed by Rajasthani folk dancers.

Bollywood actress Preity Zinta flew in with boyfriend Ness Wadia to join in the festivities.

The couple are expected to fly back to Mumbai (Bombay) on Saturday.




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