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Images of India's huge and controversial wedding

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image captionOne of the world's most extravagant weddings has been held in the southern state of Karnataka. It is estimated to have cost at least 5bn rupees ($74m; £59m).
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image captionThe wedding of businessman and Indian politician G Janardhana Reddy's daughter, Brahmani, has been met with anger as millions of Indians are struggling in the midst of a cashflow crisis.
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image captionThe bride's wedding sari alone cost 170m rupees ($2.5m; £2m) and she wore jewellery worth 900m rupees ($13m; £10m), reports said.
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image captionThe groom, 23-year-old Rajeev Reddy, is the scion of a business family from the southern city of Hyderabad.
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image captionBrazilian samba dances were just one of the many shows put on for the guests at the wedding.
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image captionSome on social media have said the backlash is unfair. Mr Reddy has been quoted as saying he made all payments six months ago - before the government withdrew old banknotes in a crackdown on corruption - and mortgaged properties to pay for the nuptials.
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image captionBut with gold-plated invitations and Bollywood stars performing at the wedding, critics have described the lavish ceremony as an "obscene display of wealth".
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image captionPreparations at the sprawling Bangalore Palace venue took months to complete. Sets resembling ancient Hindu temples were built in which to conduct the ceremonies.
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image captionMore than 50,000 guests attended the wedding. Reports said 2,000 taxis ferried guests to and from the venue and 15 temporary helipads were set up to fly in special invitees.

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