Angelina and Brad may wed in Rajasthan
The Times of India reports today that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are to be wed in Jodhpur next year, tying up their five years together and six children into a Vedic marriage.
The pair take yoga lessons from Guru Ram Lalji, founder-patron of Jodhpur’s Adhyatma Vigyan Satsang (roughly, Spiritual Science Congregation), and it is believed their spiritual teacher and yoga instructor will officiate their Hindu wedding ceremony as well.
"They've been practicing his Siddha yoga and they start and end the day by chanting a sacred word he's given them. It's transformed their relationship -- they've both cut back on drinking and no longer argue," contactmusic.com reported.
They wouldn't be the first celeb couple for whom a Hindu lifestyle is both trendy and transformational. Think Julia Roberts after "Eat, Pray, Love" and Madonna since, well, the dawn of time, or the pre-Kaballah era.
Rajasthan's desert forts, national parks and lake palaces, complete with mirrorwork canopies, bejewled turbans and painted elephants are a popular way to mix token spirituality with the royal treatment, literally, that today's tabloid kings and queens deem the right environment for wedding vows.
Rajasthan has played host to some lavish celebrity and society weddings in recent years. Here's where they were held, how much they cost, and how long the marriages lasted.
Arun Nayyar and Elizabeth Hurley (2007-2010)
Married: March 2007
Cost: US$2.5 million
She: British actress and model
He: Indian textile heir
Wedding in Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Separated: December 2010
Why: Is she sleeping with Australian cricketer Shane Warne?
Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdev (2006-2010)
Married: February 2006
Cost: US$20 million
She: New Delhi fashion entrepreneur and socialite
He: New York hotel tycoon
Wedding: Udaipur's palace hotels, Shiv Niwas, Devigarh Fort and Jag Mandir in the middle of Lake Picchola.
Separated: Unofficially in 2010
Why: Possibly because he completed a rehab course in Mumbai late 2009
Russell Brand and Katy Perry (2010- )
Married: October 2010
Cost: Unknown, estimated Rs 20 crore
She: U.S. pop singer
He: British comedian
Wedding: Aman-i-Khas resort and Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary near Jaipur