Billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s son Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant got formally engaged on Thursday “amidst family, friends and revered traditions at the Ambani Residence (Antilia)”, said the Ambanis in a statement.
“Age old traditions such as the Gol Dhana and Chunari Vidhi – followed since generations among Gujarati Hindu families – were conducted with great enthusiasm in the family temple and ceremony areas even as the families exchanged gifts and greetings, bonhomie and fun and were treated to a surprise performance by Ambani family members, led by Nita Ambani, Anant’s mother,” the Ambanis added.
The engagement of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant held today at Mukesh Ambani’s residence Antilla in Mumbai.
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Gol Dhana – literally meaning jaggery and coriander seeds – is a pre-wedding ceremony in Gujarati traditions, akin to an engagement. These items are distributed at the groom’s place where the event takes place.
#WATCH | The Ambani family dances at the ring ceremony of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant
The engagement ceremony was held at Mukesh Ambani’s Mumbai residence ‘Antilla’ yesterday pic.twitter.com/mmNsI9fzkc
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The bride’s family comes at the groom’s residence with gifts and sweets and then the couple exchanges rings. After exchanging rings the couple seek blessings from their elders.
The evening’s festivities started with members of the Ambani family ,led by Anant’s sister Isha going to the Merchant residence to invite them and Radhika to the evening’s functions.