Around 15,000 people flocked to watch an unusual wedding ceremony of a man and a snake in the village of Badwapur in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India.
Sandeep Patel, 27, claims he is an "ichchadhari nagin" that means he could turn into a snake at night after going into a deep trance. Besides, the cobra was a beautiful woman in a previous life who had fallen in love with him and wished to marry him on Easter Saturday.
Sandeep and his family prepared for the wedding for two weeks and told everyone the reptile had promised to marry him by handing out flyers. Even the local priest confirmed that the groom had "exhibited the traits of a snake" since his childhood, saying: "Sandeep walks, drinks and flickers his tongue just like a snake."
But when thousands of superstitious villagers arrived at the temple they were dispersed by police officers. Both Sandeep and his father Dayashankar were arrested for breaching the peace and order, while the priest ran away. And although the dissapointed crowd threatened to riot, the police managed to clear the area in six hours.
According to local media, Sandeep was mentally challenged and had been treated in a psychiatric institution. After a short time in custody Sandeep was released to a relative's house in another village, far away from Badwapur. This is not the first time someone has tried to wed an animal.
Several months ago a woman who was so tired of being lonely decided to tie the know with her two male pet cats. One more weird wedding ceremony took place in Mexico after a man married a female crocodile.