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Questions tagged [marriage]

For questions about marriage, practices and rituals associated with marriage that are specific to Hinduism.

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Did the practice of polygamy in ancient India have the effect of preventing other men from getting married?

In contemporary India, due to the practice of female infanticide over several generations, the male to female gender ratio has been heavily skewed, and the country has more men than women. As a result,...
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How much punya does Kanya Dana give?

How how much punya does the father get from a kanya dana? What is the phala for a kanya dana?
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Are women considered spoils of war according to Kshatriya Dharma?

Historically, the armies of the Mlecchas, Asuras, and Rakshasas after defeating the army, killing the king, and conquering a city, would kill all the civilian men, rape all the women, make their ...
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What are the names of necessary Vratas after marriage?

Satyanarayana Vratam is popular among south Indians and people generally perform it after marriage. But I don't know whether it is necessary to conduct it after marriage or not. Are there any ...
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Is love and marriage all part of Destiny?

If a person has marriage written in his/her destiny, does it make sense for that person to make effort and find the right person to marry? Or can the person sit back and let destiny play its role to ...
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Marriage within the brahmin shakhas [duplicate]

I did read another question about marriage between different varnas but my question is marriage between two different Brahmin shakhas allowed in the scriptures? For instance two Brahmin communities ...
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What is the list of things needed for Vedic marriage?

There are descriptions of several marriages in Hindu scriptures such as marriages of Sita Rama, Parvati parameswara etc., Is there any mention on the complete or partial list of the necessary things ...
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Is auspicious place for marriage as important as auspicious time?

In Hinduism, it is customary to consider auspicious time for marriage. It can be found across several scriptures. Consider the following as an example for it from Valmiki Ramayana "Oh, Brahman, the ...
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Can a groom touch the feet of the bride during marriage?

In some hindu marriages I see couples durning the feet touching practice, once the bride bends down, touches the groom's feet and gets back up, the groom then bends down and touches the feet of the ...
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What is the real meaning of “Kanyadhana”

I have read at a Hinduism website (Website Link) that the word "Kanyadhaana" is misinterpreted into meaning "Donating the bride" According to the web article: It's not "Kanya-Dhaana" but "Kanya-...
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Do scriptures allow Hindus to marry foreigners?

Do scriptures allow Hindus to marry foreigners, or non-Hindus of other races? Inter-caste marriage has its restrictions, but what about interracial marriages?
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Is it allowed(good karma) to marry many wives as practiced by Hindu gods? [closed]

I have heard that Krishna had more than 16000 wives and many children. So my question is, is it right to practice polygamy? How moral is it? We know that Kunti had five sons. It is written in ...
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Why did Ramakrishna marry Sarada Devi when he had no intention of leading a married life?

The Wikipedia article on Ramakrishna Paramahansa says: By the time his bride joined him, Ramakrishna had already embraced the monastic life of a sannyasi; as a result, the marriage was never ...
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What is the source of “Dharmecha Arthecha Kamecha Naathicharami” verse?

Consider the following interpretation of a slokha, which is used during marriages In righteous, wealth and desires, one should follow other and should listen one another The slokha looks like ...
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What do the scriptures say about the qualities of an ideal bride? [duplicate]

According to the Shastras - are there any qualities of an woman that should be kept in mind, by a man before taking the decision of marriage?
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Are there any instances in scriptures of husband & wife separated AND remarried, because of reasons accepted by shastras?

In this question about remarriage, the reasons for a husband leaving a wife, or a wife leaving a husband, are listed. Are there any actual examples in Smriti of this happening - where husband ...
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Does kanyadaan have a Vedic sanction?

In a traditional Hindu marriage, the bride is 'gifted' to the groom by her father Like Godaan (gifting of cow) bhudaan (gifting of land) etc women are treated as objects that can be gifted away ! ...
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Marriage tradition of brushing the grooms legs, hands, shoulders and head

This year I had to opportunity to visit an Indian wedding being a friend of the groom. It was a very interesting experience and I would like to give a presentation in my home country about it. To do ...
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Do scriptures allow men to perform last rites for relatives that are still alive?

According to this news report, a group of Indian men decided to perform last rites for their former wives. They say taking a dip in the Ganga redeems you of all your sins. But a group of Indian men ...
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An unmarried girl has sex with his lover but marries other man . What reward is given to her for this act? [duplicate]

Is sex so sinful ,if done with someone other than husband before marriage?
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Who is the daughter of Surya mentioned in Rig Veda 10.85?

The Rig Veda Book 10 Verse 85 describes the bridal of Sun-god's daughter who is called Surya as well: 6 Raibhi was her dear bridal friend, and Narasamsi led her home. Lovely was Sūrya's robe: she ...
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Clarification on Arjun's statement on Bhima's marriage?

As per Mahabharata: Adi Parva: Swayamvara Parva: Section CLXLIII, the intelligent king (Yudhishthira) told Dhananjaya, 'By thee, O Phalguna, hath Yajnaseni been won. It is proper, therefore, that ...
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Which practice existed during the reign of Lord Rama, either Kanyasulkam or Varakatnam(Dowry)?

At present we follow giving Dowry to the grooms which is considered as social evil. What Lord's do is considered right because they will have a particuar reason behind it. So I want to know what they ...
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Why the Mangalsutra thread should not be changed during the period of pregnancy?

In Hindu religion after marriage Mangalsutra thread is worn by the ladies. They will change the threads after some days/months. However, during the period when the woman is pregnant, she is not ...
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What is Arka Vivaha?

Recently I heard of a concept named Arka Vivaha. I heard this concept in context of marriage. Can anyone please elaborate this concept and significance of it?
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What is the significance of bride leading the groom during Saptapadi?

This question has nothing to do with feminism or anything else. In Vedic or Hindu religion every step has deep meaning or significance. I know the significance of sacred oaths taken during Saptapadi. ...
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Why should a sister get married first before brother in a family? what does hinduism and shastras say about this?

My boyfriend is waiting for his younger sister to get married since they will not allow male kids to marry before sisters get married. what is the reason behind this culture in Hinduism?
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Krishna marrying sixteen thousand royal maidens

Consider the following slokas from Srimad Bhagavatam SB 10.59.32: Sukadeva Gosvami said: Thus entreated by Goddess Bhumi in words of humble devotion, the Supreme Lord bestowed fearlessness upon ...
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Can a Kshatriya man marry Vaishya woman?

I have heard from my friend that Kshatriya man can marry Vaishya woman. Is it true? What do our scriptures say on this?
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Are there famous deities/gods or spiritual supremo, who had a daughter?

In India, culturally boys are preferred over girls as a child by many orthodox families. Such attitude creates kind of deep rooted gender bias and certain wrongful activities like abortion or ...
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What is Hinduism's view of marital rape?

Marital rape has been one of the most controversial social issues raised by feminists over the last century. It has been widely recognised in the western world as a form of domestic violence and ...
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Source of Sanskrit shloka - Yadetaddhṛdayaṃ Tava Tadastu Hṛdayaṃ Mama

यदेतद्धृदयं तव तदस्तु हृदयं मम । यदिदं हृदयं मम तदस्तु हृदयं तव ॥ Transliteration: yadetaddhṛdayaṃ tava tadastu hṛdayaṃ mama yadidaṃ hṛdayaṃ mama tadastu hṛdayaṃ tava Translation by Max ...
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Are husband and wife, associated/affected by each others' sins?

Is it true, that husband is associated in his wife's sin but the wife is not associated in her husband's sin? Example: Robber Valia's wife told him that I have not associated with your sin. Later he ...
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Does Hinduism allow siblings to have their marriages at the same time?

Let us consider the following scenario: X, Y are children to same parents and are going to marry a, b respectively. Are there any rules in Hinduism that does not allow X and Y to have their marriage ...
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Is Rajo guna the reason for allowing kings to have multiple wives?

I want to know the reason for allowing kings to take multiple wives. Is it Rajo guna or any other reason based on Shruti, Smriti, Puranas?
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Why should a girl leave her home after marriage?

After the marriage, the wife has to live at her husband's home. What do our scriptures say about this custom?
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Are Hindu scriptures pro- or anti-dowry?

Do Hindu scriptures discuss the topic of dowry (which Google defines as "property or money brought by a bride to her husband on their marriage")? Do they take pro or anti stance on this practice? ...
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Is the North Indian custom of the bride kicking over a pot of rice on first entering the in-laws' house based on scripture?

I believe the rice getting scattered over the house represents the bride filling her new home with prosperity. Does any scripture prescribe/describe this custom?
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Marriage after maternal grandfather demise [duplicate]

My marriage was fixed for the date after 2 months and now, my maternal grandfather died. Should I need to postpone my marriage or it can be done according to Hindu tradition?
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Why did Shree Krishna have 16108 wives if Kshatriyas are only eligible to take a maximum of three wives?

Various scriptures such as the Mahabharata have prescribed a maximum of three wives for Kshatriya men: "Bhishma said, 'For the Kshatriya, O delighter of the Kurus, two wives have been ordained. The ...
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What are the significances of various ornaments worn by a wife after marriage?

As the question says, what are the significances of various ornaments worn by a woman after marriage? Mangalsutra, bindi, bangles, painjan, etc.
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In the marriage function the couples to see the sky for vashistar and arundathi stars?

In Hindu's marriage function the married couples are needed to see the sky for seeing the Vashistar and Arundhati stars. Why do we need to see this and what is the impact on this one?
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Marrying people born on new moon day (amāvāsyā)? [duplicate]

I was told marrying people that are born on amāvāsyā (new moon day) will bring harm to your life; you can even die because of their grahan (sin attached to them?) – is this claim true?
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Can a kanyakubja brahmin and saryupareen brahmin marry? If not, why so?

Please tell me can a saryupareen and kanyakubja brahmin marry?
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Define marriage in Hinduism [duplicate]

In short, now a days marriage is defined as a legal agreement. Is there any explicit, exact, and precise definition for marriage in Hinduism texts?
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Under which circumstances physical punishment to wife is allowed?

A soldier killing an enemy is not violence because it's done as a part of the war (Yuddha Dharma), or police killing criminals is not violence to reduce the burden on society. Similarly, in what ...
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do Hindu scriptures talk about which relatives you may marry? [duplicate]

In Southern India, Hindus can marry first cousins - in other words you and your wife may have the same grandparents. Also girls can marry their uncle - mother's brother. Obviously the law sanctions ...
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What do the scriptures say about inter-caste marriage? [duplicate]

Please don't hijack the question with other related things like equality and caste. Only post answers with sources to scriptures that particularly talk about inter caste marriage. Sources are ...
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Death of a great grandmother from paternal side, and marriage of a great granddaughter (a female offspring)

A question about death of a grandfather and postponement of granddaughter's marriage, was answered with: If there is a death on the paternal side, then all Subha karyas, including visit to kshetras,...
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What are the duties of an ideal husband as per Hinduism?

As a follow-up to a recent question Dharmic role of wife in marriage, what are the duties of an ideal husband?