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Questions tagged [swayamvar]

it's a practice of choosing a husband, from among a list of suitors, by a girl of marriageable age. Swayam in Sanskrit means self and vara means groom in this context.

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Was Ravana not able to lift Pinaka aka 'The Shiva Dhanush'?

As per the Ramanand Sagar Serial during Sita swayamvar, Ravana along with Rama and other kings visited Swayamvar. But none other than Rama was able to lift the Shiva Dhanush. Is it true?
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Did Shri Rama break Parashurama's Dhanusha during the Swayamvara? If so, how did Parashurama respond to this?

I have heard different versions of this story, especially Parashurama's response. Hence, this question. I would like to know the original story mentioned in Valmiki's Ramayana. This question ...
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What is the first instance of a Swayamvar in Hinduism?

What is the first instance of a Swayamvar in Hinduism? I know of a few popular ones like Draupadi's Swayamvar, Amba's Swayamvar, and Sita's Swayamvar. But what is the first instance of a Swayamvar?
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Do scriptures indicate that Draupadi regretted not allowing Karna to participate in her svayaṁvara?

Some versions of the Mahabharata depict an incident where Draupadi gets to know that Karna is Kunti-putra and she regrets not allowing Karna to participate in her svayaṁvara. Is this event mentioned ...