National Geographic : 1977 Feb
Splendor lingers inroyal weddings WITH THE POMP AND PAGEANTRY of a Mogul court, two marriages-perhaps the last of their kind-mark changing Rajput society. In Jaisalmer Palace (above) dancing girls twirl as the groom, son of a onetime raja, waits on a silver throne for the ceremony joining him and the daughter of Jaisalmer's former ruler. At Lallgarh Palace (below) musicians at the wedding of the youngest daughter of former Bikaner Maharaja Karni Singh (pages 222-3) entertain while vows are being ex changed near a temple outside. The bride and groom (right), sitting before a holy fire, listen to chanted hymns. Dr. Singh's oldest daughter was married-by choice-not into a princely family but to the son of a landowner. In both cases the government restricted the amounts and kinds of food and drink served, thus eliminating the extravagances of the past.