• Are Hindus allowed to marry people of other religions?
  • If yes, how should they marry someone belonging to a different religion?
  • Are the rules different for a man and a woman?

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Hinduism/Sanatan Dharam is much older than any other practicing religion that's why there is no literature to inter-marry other religions. This is more like a culture question. Culturally People who termed Hinduism as a religion abstain to marry into other religion due to cultural differences and various other reasons like sometime they need to convert to other religion after marriage so they don't marry because of it. Hinduism doesn't stop or encourage anyone to marry with different religion.

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    Nice and perfect answer! The answer that I needed for my own life cycle. I would show this one to someone :P Tomorrow ;-) Commented Jun 18, 2014 at 20:00
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    Yes, in Hinduism, there isn't a clear difference between believers/non-believers. Hence no mandate not to mix with non-believers.
    – Bharat
    Commented Jun 18, 2014 at 20:13
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    This may be true, but the reason is surely not that it is "much older than any other practicing religion". Even if none of the religions that are around now were around when the Vedas were written, there were definitely other religions around at the time.
    – senshin
    Commented Jun 18, 2014 at 20:55
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    I do not know what exactly you mean by "practicing religion". Surely the people living in the areas surrounding the people of the Vedic culture had religions of their own, and surely there was some intermingling between the Vedic peoples and the surrounding peoples.
    – senshin
    Commented Jun 18, 2014 at 21:44
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    @Gaurav I am not saying that those religions exist now. They almost surely don't. That is besides the point. If they existed then, there would have been a possibility of Vedic peoples intermarrying with non-Vedic peoples, and so it would make sense for the Vedas or other contemporary scriptures to discuss the possibility. The fact that they do not means that we must look to a different explanation for why they do not.
    – senshin
    Commented Jun 18, 2014 at 21:47

Hinduism=SanathanaDharma=Ultimate way of life=Happiness for all, living a life following Dharmic way....thus include all human on plant earth....Religion=Sampradaya. ...there are many sampradayas on this prithivi=earth; each started by different acharyas, messengers, prophets. Sapradayas have rules...Dharma is above sampradayas...that explains all humans are allowed to marry under the Dharma

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    Welcome to Hinduism Stack Exchange. The answers should generally be supported with sources - texts, scriptures, books, etc - Otherwise, it would be beneficial if the answer is posted as comments. Commented Apr 10, 2018 at 4:31

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