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Adoption is valid in Hinduism as far as I know (Kuntibhoja adopted Kunti as his daughter).

But can an unmarried man (or woman) adopt a son and become a father from it? Which gender can an unmarried man adopt?

Can an unmarried man's adopted child continue his family line and thus can he get rid of the debt by his ancestors that he has upon him ?

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  • Because there is no ceremony for adoption, there is no actual way to stop this from happening. Jan 14 at 12:52
  • @AupakaranaAbhibhaa It is not about stopping , a man is required to have a child to continue the family line (vansh) and get rid of debt by his ancestors .Marrying and having a child is considered as duty , and not an entertainment. I just wanted to know can an unmarried man's child continue his family line.
    – river
    Jan 15 at 9:01
  • My point is stopping an adoption from being valid is like stopping a friendship from being valid. You can't prevent the emotions and sense of duty. Thus, yes they can. Jan 15 at 17:15
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    @Aupakarana Abhibhaa A religiously sanctioned ceremony of adoption does exist in Hinduism but the pool of children fit for adoption is restricted. Jan 15 at 17:59
  • Shahu, Shivaji's grandson through Shambhaji was childless on his deathbed, so on the suggestion of Tarabai (widow of Shambhaji's half-brother Rajarama), he adopted a boy whom Tarabai put forward as her grandson who was kept hidden from the world during Aurangzeb's assault on the Maratha Empire, who was then crowned as Chhatrapati Rajarama II. He was succeded by his adopted son Shahu II. Shahu II's son Pratapsingh was succeded by his adopted son Shahaji. Similiarly Ahilyabai Holkar adopted her commander-in-chief Tukoji Rao. Jan 15 at 18:22

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