Was widow marriage prevalent in ancient India?
I was wondering about the custom of widow marriage in India. I know a couple of examples from Ramayana. Mandodari and Tara (wife of Bali) both remarried their brother in law after the demise of their husbands.
In Mahabharata, I know one example, which is a bit controversial (Did Arjuna marry a widow? Was Ulupi a widow?). Arjuna married Ulupi, who was a widow. However, Ulupi did not disclose it to Arjuna. So Arjuna married a widow unknowingly. Is there any example of widow marriage from Mahabharata? I am talking about marriage where the groom knowingly married a widow.
I just want to know whether widow marriage was a common practice in the Epic age. Because in British India, Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar had to fight to legitimise widow marriage in Hindu society.
Just want to clarify that I am not asking about whether widow remarriage is allowed in Hindu scriptures. I know, it is allowed (Remarriage in Sanatana Dharma). I want to know examples of widow remarriage in ancient Hindu society as described in the Mahabharata, Ramayana, Puranas etc.