What do holy books say about inter-caste marriages? I heard somewhere that marriages between different castes causes वर्ण संकर (Varna Samkar) and our holy books don't support inter-caste marriages.
Is there any proof regarding this?
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The Agni Purana speaks about inter caste marriages in details while talking about the Manus & the Varnashrama Dharma(the Dhrama of the 4 classes of society & the 4 stages of life).
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An anuloma marriage is a marriage where the husband is from a higher class than the wife. The offspring of such a marriage belong to the mother’s class. A pratiloma marriage is a marriage where the wife is from a higher class than the husband. Chandalas were born this way from brahmana women, Sutas from kshatriya women, Devalas from vaishya women, Pukkashas from kshatriya women and Magadhas from vaishya women. Chandalas are executioners, Sutas charioteers, Devalas guards, Pukkashas hunters and Magadhas bards. Chandalas should live outside the villages and should not touch those belonging to any other class.
So,naturally,a Pratiloma marriage is looked down upon and prohibited specially those which results in Chnadalas as offsprings.