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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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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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Is the popular practice of applying Mehndi (Henna tattoo) during weddings supported by scriptures?

From Wikipedia: Mehndi is a form of body art and temporary skin decoration usually drawn on hands or legs, in which decorative designs are created on a person's body, using a paste, created from the ...
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Closeness with spouse/family among the Trimurti

I am asking this question purely on a pictorial stance. Lord Brahma (And Mother Saraswati): Picture of both of them closest that I got is this: Now to Lord Vishnu: Here is a relatively more close ...
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Can a non-virgin woman marry? If yes, how?

Non-virgin women are excluded from marital rites with its Agni-hotra, etc. pāṇigrahaṇikā mantrāḥ kanyāsveva pratiṣṭhitāḥ | nākanyāsu kva cinnṝṇāṃ luptadharmakriyā hi tāḥ || 226 || The marriage-...
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Is there any scripture prohibiting marriage across Varṇa, that can't be explained as being just dating advice?

I know scriptures encourage to marry within the same Varṇa (especially a female marrying a lower Varṇa), but these always seemed to me to be about people seeking marriage, not wanting to marry someone ...
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What are the rules for polygamy?

While people may debate if men marrying multiple wives or women marrying multiple husbands is ideal, the simple fact is both happen in Hinduism and are clearly at least allowed in some situations, ...
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Washing husband's feet and drinking that water

The practice of washing the feet of one's husband and then drinking that water is prevalent across many Hindu communities. A. Is this a compulsion for all married women? B. Does it have scriptural ...
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Five sacrifices of domesticity

The pigeon in Sibi's story says one is especially bound to do so if one happens to lead a life of domesticity that consists of the five sacrifices. If one, while leading a life of domesticity, does ...
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What are the purification rites for mixed castes mentioned by Manu?

Consider the following question and answer from the Mahabharata "The serpent said, 'O king, if thou recognise him as a Brahmana by characteristics, then, O long-lived one, the distinction of ...
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Did Draupadi do agni-pravesha before having sex with each of her Pandava husbands?

Some answers on this site say that Draupadi did agni-pravesha before meeting each husband. Those answers don't provide any citations from the Mahabharata. The first answer says he "heard in an ...
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Do scriptures besides Padma Purāṇa permit wives to discipline their husbands?

This passage from Padma Purāṇa recommends a wife beat her husband to discipline him. Assuming this is not a mistranslation, do any other scriptures support this view? The brāhmaṇa’s wife said: 47-65. ...
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What is the scriptural reference to “we will be together till 7 birth” as a married couple?

In marriage we take 7 pheras around fire. We do this because we(husband and wife) will be together for 7 births What is the scriptural reference to this.
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What happens when a Brahmin maiden marries a Kshatriya man?

This question is about a man I know, who is the son of a Kashmiri Pandit mother and a Haryanvi Jatt father and he himself married a Kashmiri brahmin woman What kind of marriage is this and what ...
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What style of marriage did Arjuna use to marry each of his wives?

How many wives did Arjun have? This question suggests 4 wives - but it says on Quora that KMG says he had more. Out of Brahma, Daiva, Arsha, Prajapatya, Asura, Gandharva, Rakshasa, Paishacha, which ...
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Can one marry more than one women now (in the modern times)?

Therefore, there are several wives for one man, but not several husbands for a woman simultaneously - Aitareya Brahmana III. 3. So this verse supports polygamy. Can someone now marry more than one ...
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Why Śrī Rāma practiced monogamy?

I wonder what propelled him to not practice polygamy despite it being custom even followed by his father. Did he give any reason of his monogamy?
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Cross-cousin(mother's sister's daughter) marriage? [Please refer to questions I linked]

I came across these posts: Cross-cousin marriage and hinduism How can Sage Kashyap marry daughters of Daksha, even they are parallel cousins? After reading these and a couple of more posts on ...
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Are there any Mantras / Shlokas to bring about marriage with a suitable partner?

Do Hindu Scriptures have any mantras / shlokas / prayers by which a girl may get married without delay to a good man? This question may appear to be asking for personalized advise or as primarily ...
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Hiding past relationships

Is hiding past relationships a sin? Like if women lie before marriage because if she reveals it, she won't get married. Or if a man hides his past relationships and marries a clean women, for getting ...
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Fairness of pre-marital relation based on that of Satyavati and Parashara

Why did Satyavati and Parashara have a child out of wedlock? Why did she then marry Shantanu? Based on this, does it mean pre-martial relationship is fair? Was their relationship really bodily, ...
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Is court marriage without saptapadi valid according to scriptures?

Now a days court marriages are also popular. Many learned people like to marry in court without much expense etc. What is the status of this marriage? Prohibited? Kalyug practice? Saptapadi is also a ...
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Why does only the bride need to move to the groom's place after marriage and not vice versa?

Is it written anywhere that only the bride has to sacrifice her parents and move to her husband's place permanently? Why is it not applicable for the groom to move to bride's family? Only in ...
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Why does the Vishnu Purana and Mahabharat promote Child Marriage?

A Hindu basher online presented lines from the Vishnu Puranas, that make it acceptable for child marriage to occur. In fact, this entire paragraph seems so weird. If he marry, he must select a maiden ...
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8 forms of marriage [duplicate]

In this discussion between Dushyanta and Shakuntala, the king mentions about 8 forms of wedding. There are, in all, eight kinds of marriages. These are Brahma, Daiva, Arsha, Prajapatya, Asura, ...
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What happens if a person without Upanayana gets married?

In Brahmins community, it is said one have to attain Bramhachari by having Upanayana and later get into married life. Suppose what if the person never got Upanayana but married? Like run away from ...
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If sagotra mariages are prohibited, why did Krishna marry Satyabhama?

Krishna and Satyabhama ( Sathyabhama ) shared a common paternal ancestor, Anamitra.
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Does kanyadana mean donating or gifting a bride?

I have read so many articles on this topic! does Sanatan Dharma support kanyadaan? Kanya = Maiden Daan = Donation
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Can a mleccha marry a non virgin?

If a woman has sex with a man it is considered a gandharva marriage or a type of marriage and marriage is considered for life in Hinduism. So if a mleccha were to marry a mleccha woman who is not a ...
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Where is Sita Rama’s date of marriage mentioned?

Shri Sita Rama’s marriage is celebrated on the Vivaha Panchami day which falls on the 5th date of Shukla Paksha of the Margashirsha/Agrahayana month. As per this site, the said date has been mentioned ...
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Marrying husband's brother during Dwapara and Kali Yuga

There are two related questions on this topic: Was marrying brother's wife an accepted in the society of the Ramayana or pre-Ramayana era? Is levirate marriage allowed in Hinduism? First one is ...
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Do any scriptures or commentaries support the idea that females should be able to pursue their education and career over marriage?

Could you suggest me some scriptures (Vedas, Upanishads, etc.) or commentaries that support the idea that females should be allowed to pursue their education and career over marriage? For example, ...
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Mantra for marriage and love?

Which vedic mantras should one chant for a better love life? I specifically was looking for a mantra which can help one to meet a new quality partner as well as a citation to the original passage in ...
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Where in the Vedas is the verse Sītā refers to in Ayodhyā Kāṇḍa found?

In Ayodhyā Kāṇḍa of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, while trying to convince Rāma that he should let her accompany him to the forest, Sītā makes the following statement wherein she refers to a verse/mantra from the ...
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English translation of Dayananda Saraswati's commentary on RV X.85.45

Commenting on the wedding hymn, RV X.85, verse 45, and probably trying to establish a Vedic basis for niyoga, Swami Dayananda Saraswati appears to have made some controversial remarks. Is there an ...
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Why is the definition of adultery different for men and women?

Narada Smriti 12.78 Intercourse is permitted with a wanton woman, who belongs to another than the Brahman caste, or a prostitute, or a female slave, or a female not restrained by her master (...
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Astrology: Navamsa and Narayan Dasha - Does Rashi aspect on seventh house indicates marriage possibility in that Rasi period?

My question is that is this always happen that Rasi dasha (Narayan Dasha) should aspect seventh house in Navamsa to indicate marriage possibility in that Rashi period. For example if someone is ...
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Can I marry my paternal uncle's wife's cousin's daughter according to Hindu religion? Also how normal/extreme is it in north India? [closed]

Will us be blood related, as she is from my uncle's wife's side and I am from my uncle's side?
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Do Parashara Smriti forbids marrying non-virgin girl?

Some of the smritis like Manu forbids marrying a girl who is not a virgin. Is there such mention in Parasara smriti also?
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Why virginity of only women is stressed upon in Hindu scriptures? Is men's virginity not required during marriage?

Is men's virginity not required? E.g., Manusmriti says: If a man gives a defective damsel, without mentioning the defects, he should be punished by the king himself with a fine of ninety-six ‘...
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Is it obligatory for a mleccha householder to marry?

There are two options to most Hindus, householder or ascetic. Householders must get married. Is this law obligatory on foreigners as well? And what type of marriage would foreigners engage in? One of ...
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What do Hindu scriptures say regarding people with genetic disorders marrying and reproducing?

People with genetic disorders are often at the risk of passing on their own mutated genes to their offsprings. There has been a fierce debate and controversy over this for decades especially in the ...

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