1. Is there any restriction in Hinduism that female partner must be younger than the corresponding male partner for marriage? If it is there, why?

  2. According to Hindu texts, is there any restriction on the maximum and minimum age gap between the marrying couple?

  • The restrictions are only on marrying in same blood, this has a scientific relation about some Genetic Disorders and it harms the Immune systems of the future generation as a result they opt atheism as they don't have the mental capability to understand the spiritual text or religions
    – Yogi
    Aug 16, 2014 at 8:59
  • Yes, there are restrictions on ages. You can get info on this by referring Shodasa Sanskara. And the age difference must be close to 5-10 years.
    – user11
    Aug 18, 2014 at 17:25
  • If i am not wrong the Sita is older then Ram. Then this restrictions of age are just man made. Aug 19, 2014 at 6:08
  • They are man made for sure(those men were our ancient rishis), but it do have it's benefices, both social and scientific. Also how do you say that Sita is older than Sreeram?
    – user11
    Aug 19, 2014 at 16:43
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    @AnkitSharma Sita is not older than Rama. She is about 7 years younger than him according to the Valmiki Ramayana. She was 6 and he was 13 when they wed.
    – user1195
    Feb 11, 2015 at 8:59

1 Answer 1

  1. Some people say that women have more maturity than men at a particular age. Hence to balance them a difference of 4-5 years is recommended. My mother had told me that men's life expectancy is less than woman and they start getting health problems earlier than women. So in order to match their these periods, it is done so, so that both can tackle all problems together.
  2. There is no such rule for age gap. In medival times, adult men married child girls. (That's wrong of course). But the age gap must not be much, +ve or -ve
  • "that's wrong of course" - according to who? child marriage does not mean child 'physical relations'. child would only be sent to husband's home after she gets period. kama (desire) enters heart by 12. if girls are not married by then, there is high chance of them going astray (as we see today with girls going behind rowdy boys). the age gap must be much, according to manu smriti.
    – mar
    Oct 3, 2018 at 18:11
  • @Shreemay Panhalkar include references! I downvoted your post.
    – Wikash_
    Mar 6, 2019 at 19:49

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