Tukaram (1608 – c. 1650) was a prominent Marathi Sant and religious poet in the Hindutradition in India..Tukaram was born and lived most of his life in Dehu, a town close to Pune city in Mahārāshtra. Tukaram was initiated without any intermediaries as the other saints usually were. He dreamt that he was initiated by the Lord Hari himself dressed as a Brahman. Tukaram continuously sang the praises of the Lord, he sang it in the form of abhangs which he wrote. These were in his mother tongue Marathi. The abhangs express his feelings and philosophical outlook. During his 41 years, Tukaram composed over 5,000 abhangs. Many of them speak of events in his life, which make them somewhat autobiographical. Yet, they are focused on God, Pandurang, and not Tukaram. His abhangs became very popular with the masses of common people. It was this very popularity that caused the religious establishment (the high caste Brahmins) to hate and persecute Tukaram. as, he was causing them to lose their power over the people.
Here is a collection of various Ukhane, a Maharashtrian custom where wife takes husband's name in a couplet and vice versa. This custom is very popular in Maharashtrian marriages among Brides and Grooms. Lots of communities live in India. Maharashtrians have very simple and not a lavish ceremony unlike other weddings. This wedding is never performed at night but it takes place during daytime. There are certain rituals and customs in the wedding that are common and constant for various castes. The most entertaining custom is Naav Ghene aka Ukhana.
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