There are two questions on this site regarding the marriage between Subhadra and Arjuna:

Arjun and Subhadra's marriage

Arjuna and Subhadra marriage

But no question or answer deals with the emotion of Subhadra before or during the marriage. Krishna tells Arjuna the following words

O Partha, as we do not know this girl's temper and disposition. In the case of Kshatriyas that are brave, a forcible abduction for purposes of marriage is applauded, as the learned have said.

I do not know whether Subhadra likes it or not.

Does any scripture tell explicitly about Subhadra's emotion before or during marriage towards Arjuna?

Note that the word marriage here refers to the wedding ritual.

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    Can't understand the reason behind down-vote.......
    – hanugm
    Dec 18, 2020 at 12:51
  • Thanks, @Rickross. These people are creating trouble. If they comment and downvote, then I can improve based on the comment. But they are downvoting to create trouble only.
    – hanugm
    Dec 18, 2020 at 14:13
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    @Rickross Oh! I remember our discussion, but forget about user. Now realised.
    – hanugm
    Dec 18, 2020 at 14:17
  • Yeah it's the same.
    – Rickross
    Dec 18, 2020 at 14:19
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    during so called abduction subhadra was the chariotteer that is the reason that yadavaa army doesnt persude till end to stop get subhadra back.. as its subhadra wish to be united with arjuna.. otherwise yadava army along with balarama wanted to follow and get subhadra back and kill the abductor. they asked the opinion of krishna, krishna say this as the reason for not pursuing as nobody would marry a girl who is abducted and also went willingly.. the other chatriyas would question the integerity
    – Prasanna R
    Dec 18, 2020 at 17:50

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Raksasha marriage was practiced among Kshtriyas, it is kind of immoral. Lets have a look at what Raksasha marriage is as mentioned in Manusmriti:

3.33. The forcible abduction of a maiden from her home, while she cries out and weeps, after (her kinsmen) have been slain or wounded and (their houses) broken open, is called the Rakshasa rite.

As you can see here, the women is all crying and weeping but if Subhadra abduction is immoral or not is not known because in Mahabahrata it is nowhere mentioned that Subhadra was weeping or resisting or that it happened against her will-

Meanwhile Subhadra, having paid her homage unto that prince of hills, Raivataka and having worshipped the deities and made the Brahmanas utter benedictions upon her, and having also walked round the hill, was coming towards Dwaravati. The son of Kunti, afflicted with the shafts of the god of desire, suddenly rushed towards that Yadava girl of faultless features and forcibly took her into his car. Having seized that girl of sweet smiles, that tiger among men proceeded in his car of gold towards his own city (Indraprastha). Meanwhile, the armed attendants of Subhadra, beholding her thus seized and taken away, all ran, crying towards the city of Dwaraka.

Infact Vyasa here addresses her as 'girl of sweet smiles' While someone is weeping this kind of addressing is not made in Mahakavya. For example in Ramayana a hopeless,beautiful girl who was weeping after being raped by Ravana is referred as 'crushed lotus'

Also here is a reference from Srimad Bhagvatam which says she also fell for him-

(6) With his eyes wide open of happiness, he saw the wonderful girl there who enchanted heroes. Smitten he fixed his mind on her. (7) Seeing him who stole each woman's heart, she desired him also. She fixed her heart and eyes upon him and full of desire bashfully smiling cast sidelong glances. (8) Thinking of nothing but her, Arjuna awaited the right opportunity. With his heart trembling of the strongest desire, he could find no peace. (9) When she during an important religious festival rode away from the fortress in a chariot, the mighty warrior seized the opportunity to abduct the girl who had stolen his heart. That occurred with the consent of her parents and Kṛṣṇa.

Srimad Bhagvatam 10.86.(1-9)


We are told in Harana-Harika Parva, the section immediately following Subhadra-Harika Parva which narrates the actual abduction:

[Krishna] went Subhadra who was dressed in red silk. Partha sent her away to dress in the garments worn by a corherd girl. But the illustrious one looked beautiful even in that attire. Arriving in the best of houses, the famous and beautiful Bhadra, wife of a warrior, with copper-red eyes, paid homage to Pritha. Then with a face as radiant as the full moon, Bhadra went quickly to pay homage to Draupadi, saying, "I am your maid." Then Krishna arose and embraced Madhava's sister and lovingly said, "Let your husband not have a rival." With a happy heart, Bhadra replied, "May it be that way, O Janemaya!" The Maharatha Pandavas were then happy in their hearts. Kunti was also extremely delighted.

Shubhadra would not have 'a face as radiant as the full moon' if she was not happy with the marriage and which this extract confirms as she answers Krishna 'with a happy heart.'

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    please provide a link
    – hanugm
    Dec 18, 2020 at 12:51
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    @hanugm: Why? I've provided the chapter which itbis in. Go look it up if you're interested. Dec 18, 2020 at 13:15
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    The OP asks before or during marriage but you provided answer for after the marriage.. emotions before or during marriage can change after marriage, right?? BDW, here Krishna is Draupadi..
    – YDS
    Dec 18, 2020 at 15:09
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    @MoziburUllah that's why I asked for the link.
    – hanugm
    Dec 18, 2020 at 15:46
  • @YDS: I know how to read and no thanks to your confusing the issue. Dec 18, 2020 at 20:15

Subhadra was happy -

 Hrishikesha in 
 As Shachi with 
 Shri with 

Adivansavatarana Parva, Mahabharata, BORI.

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