Four months after their white wedding in the US, actor Anshuman Jha and American triathlete, vegetarian chef and yoga instructor Sierra Winters tied the knot once again in India, following Maithil wedding traditions. “A Vedic wedding was always on the cards for us, but Covid and visa issues restricted the celebrations last year,” says Jha, who believes in keeping traditions alive. “All our Vedic rituals have a deep meaning.
“Sierra is actually more Indian than most people I know. She went through every custom in totality. We also both fasted without salt for the four days of our wedding to conclude the ceremony. She deeply loves and respects India and its traditions; she enjoyed haldi, mehendi and sangeet,” Jha elaborates on the rituals that the couple followed during the ceremony and their How Peter Winters liked them.
Not just Winters, but her family was equally ecstatic and loved everything about an Indian wedding, revealed Jha. “They understood some of the traditions themselves. For the rest, we had a parallel translation of the chants being recited in English, because we wanted everyone to understand what was being said so that we could live up to the sacred vows we had taken. After marriage, both of us went to Govardhan Eco Village (Maharashtra) to feed the cows with jaggery. And that was an incredible experience.
Jha and Winters were in a “long distance relationship for over three years” before exchanging rings last year.
The two also come from completely different cultural backgrounds. Sharing how they kept the spark alive, Jha says, “We used to write letters by hand and send them through post. It took 10-14 days to reach them but Anand was waiting… anticipating. There is a power in simplicity that extravagance can never approach, a purity.
As far as differences in cultures are concerned, Jha clarifies that although they are culturally different, the core value systems are the same. “We both don’t eat meat (he’s vegetarian, I’m vegetarian), we don’t drink, we don’t smoke, we love nature, animals, like discipline and yet we’re wired very differently— There are strings – I like the speed of the city, he likes the peace of the woods. But we are happiest when we are together so we both do more for each other.
After getting married in October, Winters has now shifted to Mumbai. Jha explains how adjusting to the new place has been a challenge for her, but she is really trying. “I respect her and try to make sure I support her because summer is a struggle for her. Also, I try to balance time between work and home now. We are both better people.” And in that journey, try to support each other, inspire each other with our actions. We read each other. Love isn’t about saying, it’s about doing. It’s about. Persistent and not convenient — we’re learning to do that for each other,” he concludes.