In Bhagwad Gita (4:13) lord Krishna said

Four classes have been created by me, based on the division of guna and action

The four varnas are Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, Shudras.

Based on the varna compatibility for marriages as per astrology, the overall scenario is

Groom varna >= Bride varna (Allowed)

Groom varna < Bride varna (Not allowed)

From this answer, the conclusive lines for marriage compatibility based on caste are

Groom caste = bride caste (Allowed, Encouraged)

Groom caste > bride caste (Allowed, Not encouraged)

Groom caste < bride caste (Not Allowed)

So, I can draw the following conclusion for marriage compatibility, either based on varna or caste

Groom >= Bride (Allowed)

Groom < Bride (Not allowed)

So, scriptures are clearly stating that if a groom is higher than a bride in terms of either varna or caste, then the marriage between them is allowed.

But since some scriptures may contain different views other than the sources I provided, I am asking the following question.

Is there any explicit statement from any scripture forbidding a bride to marry a groom of higher caste(kula)/varna/jati etc.,

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    1. Satya-Krishna is inter-caste? They are both kshatriyas.
    – user1195
    Apr 15, 2017 at 8:55
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    @hanugm. No. Krishna did not belong to the shepherd caste. He was born a chandravamshi kshatriya and grew up in a vysya household (nanda and yasoda were vysyas). Krishna's caste is kshatriya. His varna is also kshatriya. You do not seem to understand the meaning of either.
    – user1195
    Apr 15, 2017 at 13:40
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    @Yogi. A kshatriya need not only be a king. He can be a soldier, a policeman , a vassal or someone who serves in the king's court in various capacities . That he is a kshatriya refers to his birth not to his occupation. We have had sudra kings too. They are still sudra and their varna does not change.
    – user1195
    Apr 15, 2017 at 13:43
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    @hanugm Both Krishna and Satyabhama were descendants of Yadu. Apr 15, 2017 at 14:46
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    The vedas do not speak to sub castes nor do they speak to inter marriage. Inter marriage is spoken of in different smritis and the 'rules' vary across the country. It is mostly a matter of local custom. Apr 16, 2017 at 9:59


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