What is actually a reason behind having a wedding at late night? Is it because of better muhurta? or is there any historical or cultural reason or it is based on some scriptural advice?

Please do not close this, I am looking for some reasons for this "time slot selection"

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    Historical reasons. And this is more common in North. This was done to evade the islamic invaders who would abduct the bride-to-be. Hence if you notice that weddings in South , where the menace of invaders was relatively less, weddings are during day time Dec 3, 2021 at 2:56
  • All Bengali weddings, without exception, always take place at night. The reason is what @Carmensandiego mentioned. Dec 3, 2021 at 3:10
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    @Carmensandiego - history is not the only reason. chandramana panchanga (lunar calendar) is the main reason. Andhra weddings happen at night too.
    – ram
    Dec 3, 2021 at 3:19
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    Lot of myths shared in this thread. See 1) Mrg happens in night even in south mobile.twitter.com/BharadwajSpeaks/status/1466476348524875785 and 2) Day mrg is due to different calender mobile.twitter.com/BharadwajSpeaks/status/1466487029831802897 and finally 3) Even kings married in night, again due to muhurta not fear mobile.twitter.com/BharadwajSpeaks/status/1466501502147522562 . We should stick to scriptures in answers.
    – sbharti
    Dec 6, 2021 at 2:07
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    @Carmensandiego as stated above, your 1st comment is untrue and only based on conjectures (pls provide scriptural basis otherwise). No such practice developed due to islamic invaders. It is based on jyotish calenders and varies because different calenders are used.
    – sbharti
    Dec 7, 2021 at 7:41

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Earlier, marriages used to be in the day like marriage of Lord Ram and Mata Sita, or the Pandavas to Draupadi.

This custom started after the Turks invaded Bharat and used to attack weddings in the day commit horrific crimes against our mothers and sisters. Hence, to hide from them this ritual started and is still being continued.

  • Pls share references to support your answer
    – sbharti
    Dec 10, 2021 at 7:55

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