Are there any ages of marriage in Dharmashastras, Dharmasutras, or other texts such as Puranas and Ithihasas that fit the current-day marriage model? I am not against the older system and my goal isn't to cherry-pick, but simply to show the only real universal rule was man must be > equal in age to women, and that it is more diverse in the range as per scripture.

  • Throughout Hindu history, marrying a girl younger than one's own self has been the norm as it ensured that the wife would be able to bear as many children as possible. Manu states that the bride's age must be atleast ⅓rd of the groom's age. Commenting on this Medhatithi says that this line meant that the groom must be atleast older than the bride in age, the groom being 3 times older than the bride isn't mandatory. However in Islam & Christianity, the bride being older than the groom is acceptable but not preferred.
    – অনু
    Apr 3 at 7:18
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    The notion of both spouses being within the same age-group developed in post-industrialisation Europe & became considered as the quote-unquote 'universal' rule only due to colonialism. So it is unwise to demand that the much older Hindu scriptures confirm to the so-called 'global' standards created & imposed by Europeans.
    – অনু
    Apr 3 at 7:22
  • @অনু I am not demanding I understand the traditional ways I am just curious if such exists please don't take me in the wrong light sir.
    – Haridasa
    Apr 3 at 14:59


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