Mining baron and former Karnataka minister Janardhan Reddy's daughter Brahmani is set to tie the knot with Rajeev Reddy at a grand wedding ceremony to be held at Palace Grounds in Bangalore on 16 November.
The wedding of Janardhan Reddy's daughter Brahmani has been creating a lot of buzz in the media for quite some time now. A lot has been spoken and written about the arrangements of this big-fat Reddy marriage ceremony. We bring you some interesting facts about this event. Continue to see them below:
1. Janardhana Reddy's controversial history
Janardhana Reddy is a son of police constable Chenga Reddy in Chittoor. He came into the limelight during the Lok Sabha elections in 1999, when the Reddy brothers worked in the campaign for Sushma Swaraj. He obtained his first iron ore mining license in Karnataka in 2004 and was implicated in the illegal mining scandal in Bellary in 2009. A few years later, he was arrested and sent to judicial custody. Recently, he was released on bail.
2. Lavish and costly wedding invitation card
Janardhan Reddy has reportedly spent over Rs 5 crore on the invitation cards. The boxed invitation has an LCD screen inside it. When the box is opened, LCD screen gets alive with a text announcing "Bramhani Weds Rajeev Reddy" followed by a song and dance by Reddy family. Click here to photos and videos of invitation.
3. Arrangements and money spent on them
Janardhan Reddy has reportedly shelled out Rs 10 crore on the event management, Rs 20 crore on transportation of guests, Rs 5 crore on the invitation cards, Rs 20 crore on food to be served on the occasion, hundreds of crores on the jewelry and costumes for his daughter and family. He has mortgaged 10 of his properties to borrow money. He has also pledged a few of his properties in some foreign countries for the wedding. Reddy started making these transactions 6 months ago.
4. Starry wedding
Janardhan Reddy has invited hundreds of dignitaries from politics, business and other fields. He has invited several celebs from Kannada, Telugu and Hindi film industries. Many leading stars are expected to attend this event. Some celebs are reportedly set to perform at his daughter's wedding ceremony. If reports are to believe, the mining baron has paid hefty sum to celebs to make it to the event.
5. Security arrangements for the guests
Janardhan Reddy has employed 3,000 bouncers and special security at the Bangalore Palace ground. Over 300 police personnel have been employed for the VVIPs attending the wedding. Sniffer dogs and bomb squads have been deployed on location.
6. Priests from Tirupati Thirumala temple
Eight priests from Tirupati Thirumala temple have been brought in to perform the wedding rituals of Janardhan Reddy's daughter. The priests will perform pooja of the family deity Lord Venkateshwara and the main pooja will be performed by Janardhan Reddy and his family at the Purandara Mantapa, a replica of the temple from Hampi.
7 Wedding set arrangements
The Bangalore Palace grounds has been transformed into a mini-town of Bellary and landmarks like Cowl Bazaar, Dhanappa Beedi street, and the school which Reddy studied in have been created. Two houses for the bridegroom's family and bride have been built. The centrepiece of the wedding is a Vijayanagara styled temple built by Bollywood art directors and the dining area is set like a traditional village in Bellary.
8. Transportation arrangements for guests
Over 50,000 guests will attend Janardhan Reddy's daughter's wedding. The former politician has booked 1,500 rooms in star hotels to accommodate them. There will also be 2,000 cabs to ferry them to the venue, while 15 helipads have also been set-up to fly in VIP guests. The VVIP guests will be ferried from the entrance to the mandap area on cushioned bullock carts.