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How to interpret 'conflict with the Lord’s mighty devotees' thought of Satyabhama's father?

Most of us are aware of the Syamantaka jewel incident that leads to the marriage between Satyabhama and Krishna. The total story is presented in Baghavatham in detail. I wanted an in-depth ...
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Did Rukmini ever worry about polygyny of Krishna?

Consider the following lines in THE RIDDLE OF RAMA AND KRISHNA by Babasaheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar regarding the marital relation of Rukmini with Krishna Krishna was now, for the first time, married. He ...
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Can Sati leads to moksha if husband attains moksha?

Consider the following paragraph related to the funeral rites of Vasudeva, the father of Krishna Thus addressed by Pritha’s son of pure deeds, all of them hastened their preparations with eagerness ...
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Qualities of a good husband?

We have a verse that describes the six desirable qualities of a wife: “Karyeshu Daasi;Karaneshu mantri [A servant at tasks, a minister at work] Rupecha lakshmi; Kshamaya dharitri [Money-goddess (...
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Did Shiva marry Sati/Parvati at the age of 16?

I recently heard that Lord Shiva married Parvati/Sati at the age of 16 but couldn’t find the proper reference for it. Could anyone help me to crosscheck this information? At what age did Lord Siva ...
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How valid are these words of Arjuna in discouraging inter-caste marriages of 'contemporary' times?

Consider the following words by Arjuna in Bagavath Geetha. यद्यप्येते न पश्यन्ति लोभोपहतचेतस: | कुलक्षयकृतं दोषं मित्रद्रोहे च पातकम् || 38|| कथं न ज्ञेयमस्माभि: पापादस्मान्निवर्तितुम् | कुलक्षयकृतं ...
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Which other scriptures say that inter-caste marriages can give better children?

In a discussion between Yudhishthira and Yaksha, Yudhishthira says that children from inter-caste couples can be treated better compared to the same caste couple if the inter-caste couple undergoes ...
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Can only one of the husband and wife attain moksha before the completion of seven lifetimes?

It is said one gets married for seven lifetimes. What might happen if only one person of the couple attains Moksha and the other doesn't during these seven lifetimes?
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On marriage within groups of the same caste

Kulinism was a practice unique to the Bengali Hindu society. Hagiographical accounts & extensive genealogical texts like Kūlapañjikās state that this system was introduced by a semi-legendary ...
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What's the difference between Mangalika (मांगलिक) and Ashta-Mangalika (अष्ट-मांगलिक) afflictions in the Jyotiṣa?

Before a marriage between two families is agreed upon, it's essential in Hinduism to match the horoscopes of the to-be bride and groom. One of the most popular afflictions which, I have personally ...
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How to appoint Putrika? What is the process of appointing Putrika?

It is being said that if someone doesn't have a son , he can appoint one of his daughter as Putrika and find a man who is willing to marry his daughter and put condition on him that son born from this ...
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Depiction of male widower remarriage in the scriptures?

As discussed in this answer, after one's wife dies Having cremated a becoming wife, dead before, with the fire of the vessel, one should get himself re-married without delay [and consecrate the Fire ...
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Is it forbidden to have sexual intercourse with one's wife after menopause?

It is stated in the Shastras that having sex with a women older than oneself results in depreciation of life. But, does anywhere in the scriptures it says that after menopause, a man must avoid sexual ...
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Do scriptures consider marriage to be hindrance to achieve moksha?

I have listened from many saints that marriage is bondage and it is only a laboratory(prayog shala) to achieve vairagya! Do scriptures also have same view regarding marriage?
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Is it sin for a man to marry a widow? [duplicate]

Widow remarriage was banned in the past , but now it has become legal. So, Is it sin for a man to marry a widow ?
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Is it true that husband of a patrivrata woman can't die before her death?

Is it true that if a woman is pativrata ,her husband can't die before her death. As even Yama can't kill husband of a pativrata stree.
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Maximum age limit for marriage in Hinduism? [duplicate]

What is the maximum age limit for marriage in Hinduism? I am 35 years old can I marry at this age a young girl or Hinduism doesnot permit it should I convert to other religion.
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Age of boy and girl for marrige in Hinduism [duplicate]

I searched a lot, but couldn't find it. I want to know if a Hindu boy marries to 20 days elder girl, would the marriage be valid (शास्त्र सम्मत) according to Hinduism? Can anyone give me examples from ...
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Is the self realized only by sanyasis?

Can a person attain self realization while living in grihastha ashram and doing worldy activities(doing a job)? For eg:- For doing wordly activities one requires to be turn outwards whereas to ...
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Questions on marriage DAY of Shiva and Sati

Shiva married divine mother twice, once when She was incarnated as Sati and another when she was incarnated as Parvati. Mahashivaratri is popularly known for Shiva-Parvati marriage. Was both marriage ...
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Who started the traditon of women being first wedded to three devtas before being wedded to the husband?

In Vedic Vivah (Vedic Wedding) , the girl is first wedded to three devtas (Chandra Dev, Gandharva Vishwashu and Agni Dev) then in the last she is wedded to the husband . Is it true that this ...
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Do I need to tie mangalasutra with exact 3 knots?

In Telugu language, I often hear this words: "Moodu Mullu" means three knots of mangalasutra. What happens if I tie with 2 knots instead of 3 knots?
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Which scriptures tell that a husband-wife couple stays together for seven births?

It is a popular belief in people that the togetherness of a husband-wife couple is for seven births. In which scripture(s) this thing is written?
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What is written about "Rakshas Vivah " in various scriptures? [duplicate]

Rakshas Vivah is considered as valid form of Marriage for Kshatriyas . What is written about Rakshas Vivah in various scriptures ?
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How to select girl for marriage ? Which qualities should we look in a girl whom we want to marry? [duplicate]

How should we select a girl for getting married ? What qualities should we look in girl whom we want to marry . What does scriptures and wise men of Hinduism say about this ?
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Is a woman required to be chaste even before being married and during marriage?

A widow is required to be chaste after the death of her husband to attain heaven. Is a woman required to be chaste even before being married? Or can a woman have affairs with other men and then get ...
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How should be an ideal husband and wife according to our scriptures?

What are the qualities a ideal husband and wife must possess? How should they lead an ideal married life?
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Did Shukadevji ( Ved Vyas's son) remain lifelong unmarried?

Was Shukadevji ( Ved Vyas' son) lifelong bachelor ? In wiki it is shown that he had wife and children . But in this quora answer it is written that he remained lifelong unmarried. What is the truth ?
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Are Marriages happening in present world valid according to Hinduism?

Shastras require girls to be married off by 12 or before puberty. But marriages are now happening late. Can Kanyadaan of a post-puberty girl be done ? Because popular meaning of Kanya is - ...
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Is it sin to deliberately remain unmarried?

If a man deliberately remains lifelong unmarried is he committing a sin ? Will he get punished for it in afterlife or in this life ?
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Under what conditions can a husband abandon his wife?

Under what conditions can a husband abandon his wife ? What does scriptures say about this ?
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Can a Murdhabhishikta (BrahmKshatriya) man marry a Brahmin girl?

Can a Murdhabhishikta (BrahmKshatriya) man marry a Brahmin girl ? Murdhabhishikta - Child born from Brahmin Father and Kshatriya mother.
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Which vrata (fastings) should be done by a man for getting a wife or getting married? Any other ritual for getting a wife?

Which vrata or fasting should be done by a man for getting a wife (a good wife) or getting married? Are there any other ways(rituals) suggested for a man to get a wife? Edit: Some People are thinking ...
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What is the essential requirement of Gandharva wedding ? Is penetration essential for Gandharva Wedding?

Gandharva wedding is making of love between Man and Woman. When a man makes consensual love with a woman , the man and woman are said to have gotten married through Gandharva rites. But what ...
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Why there are many wedding at night?

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 ...
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Aren't these Manusmṛti verses pertaining to marriage contradictory?

Manusmṛti 3.23 describes the form of marriages that are permitted for each Varṇa: षडानुपूर्व्या विप्रस्य क्षत्रस्य चतुरोऽवरान् । विश्।शूद्रयोस्तु तानेव विद्याद् धर्म्यानराक्षसान् ॥ २३ ॥ ṣaḍānupūrvyā ...
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After marriage why do papa and punya not come to women?

Why does paapa go to the husband if a wife commits paapa after marriage? Why does it not go to the wife?
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Can people of one vansha or one dynasty marry each other?

Like do people in suryavansha marry each other, if they are very distant relatives? I once read somewhere that one can marry with someone, whose relations goes as far as 8th or more generation of ...
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How come Yajña married His own sister Dakṣiṇā?

In this canto of the Shrimad Bhagavatam Yajña Who is identified as Hari married His uterine sister Dakṣiṇā Who's identified as the partial avatāra of Lakshmi. So They had the same gotra Even if the ...
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Are there any references to dowry or practices similar to it in Indian literature?

I'm writing a paper on the prevalence of dowry in India, and I'm wondering if any Indian literature has references to the practice or similar practices beyond King Janaka having given Sita a lot of ...
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Was it possible to reject a girl if she approached a man in ancient Hindu India?

I read many places that there was a custom in ancient India. A man can not reject a girl who approaches him (Swayamagata Kanya). This was true for marriage; this was true for sex. Is this rule is ...
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Was widow re-marriage prevalent in Mahabharata?

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 ...
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Did Arjuna marry a widow? Was Ulupi a widow?

Ulupi was the daughter of a Naga King. She had a son named Iraban. His father was Arjuna. What was the marital status of Ulupi during her marriage with Arjuna? Was she a virgin? or a widow?
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What is Gotra of a person after converting to Hinduism?

When someone converts to hinduism, how is his Gotra determined? (asking for a friend) This is important in matters of marriage or puja (Pujaris always ask for your gotra) or Shraadh kriya. Is there a ...
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Notion of "Patni Parameshvari (Wife is the Supreme Goddess)" - found in scriptures?

Similar to this question where I ask: Is notion of Pati - Parameśvara (husband is the Supreme Lord) based on scriptures? Does canonical texts enjoin: Patnī Parameśvarī (पत्नी परमेश्वरी) - i.e., A Wife ...
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Why do the bride and groom go round the fire 7 times during the marriage rituals? [duplicate]

I read a post which said the reason to be that from numbers 1-9 only number by which 360 cannot be divided is 7 so they go 7 rounds which symbolises that their bond is un breakable, but I read ...
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Is notion of Pati - Parameśvara (husband is the Supreme Lord) based on scriptures?

In this question: Why a husband is called पतीपरमेश्वर (Pati Parmeshwar)? Whom should a wife devote to at time of death?, one of the answer gives reasons why husband might be considered like the Lord, ...
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Offspring due to marriage between a Sudra man and a Brahmana woman

The following passage is from this answer quoted from Agni Purana An anuloma marriage is a marriage where the husband is from a higher class than the wife. The offspring of such a marriage belong to ...
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Why, in general, consanguineous marriage is not allowed?

I have seen in my society that cousin marriage is not encouraged. What is the basis of this view? I am asking about scriptural injunctions. Has Smritis categorically disapproved it? I have seen these ...
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Is marriage an act of free will or an act of destiny? [duplicate]

I would like to understand the point of view of our scriptures on this topic : Is marriage an act of free will or an act of destiny? If we consider swayamvar of Rama and Sita, it definitely qualifies ...
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