By Bilal Kuchay
In a unique wedding procession, an Indian groom took his bride home not in a luxury car or on a horse – but inside the bucket of a JCB digger.
Soon after getting married on Monday, Chethan Poojary, 27, and Mamatha Poojary, 23, from Puttur in Dakshina Kannada in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, went home in the excavator – complete with decorative flowers.
Footage shows the intrepid couple sitting on the machinery’s backhoe and a band playing the drums as the JCB moves towards Chethan’s home.
Chethan, who has been operating the JCB machine for a living for a decade, initially drove it himself for almost 2km (1.2 miles).
He then asked one of his friends to drive the excavator so he could sit with his bride in its bucket.
Chethan said: “Everyone on the way was looking at us in amazement. It was not planned earlier, but in the wedding hall just half an hour before we were to leave.
“After the lunch, when we were to leave the wedding hall I asked my friends, ‘why not take the bride home in the excavator I operate?’
“They liked the idea and immediately decorated the machine.
“I’m happy that my wife also accepted this idea and everyone in the family supported it.”
Pictures of them smiling broadly as they comfortably perch on the excavator have since gone viral on social media.
A thin mat was placed over the bucket so as not to cause any discomfort to the bride and groom, who were wearing ornate wedding outfits.
Mamatha said: “I liked the idea but I was very shy.
“But then I thought, we have just promised to be with each other for our whole lives, so I decided to sit with my husband on the excavator.”