TL;DR: May or may not be permitted for Kshatriyas, but forbidden for everyone else, and not encouraged for Kshatriyas either.
Technically there is no such thing as premarital intercourse in Hinduism. Whenever two people consummate a relationship, regardless of the circumstances, it is usually classified as a marriage of one sort or another. It's even ...
In Hinduism, the bond of marriage has a great importance. Marriage is seen as a way to achieve Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha. Marrying once/monogamy is given an importance. Monogamy is one of the reasons which made Sri Rama a model for our generations.
Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswami (Kanchi Periyava) while explaining the greatness of marriage in ...
Nothing specific, but Manu Smriti says this:
8.299. A wife, a son, a slave, a pupil, and a (younger) brother of the full blood, who have committed faults, may be beaten with a rope or a
But, in another chapter, it also says this:
4.164. Let him, when angry, not raise a stick against another man, nor strike (anybody) except a son or a ...
Yes, Manusmriti forbids sexual intercourse with a virgin girl (without marriage). It consists provisions for the atonement of this sin.
Carnal intercourse with sisters by the same mother, with (unmarried) maidens, with females of the lowest castes, with the wives of a friend, or of a son, they declare to be equal to the violation of a Guru's bed.
Not only Shiva - other gods also have families.
Surya has a son Shani from his wife Chhaya. It's a different fact that Surya didn't accept his son and blamed Chhaya for cheating him. And from another wife Sanjana, he has twins Yama and Yami (Yamuna).
Surya, Indra, and Yamraj also have demigod sons because of Kunti's boon.
For the case of Brahma, all ...
Hinduism/Sanatan Dharam is much older than any other practicing religion that's why there is no literature to inter-marry other religions. This is more like a culture question. Culturally People who termed Hinduism as a religion abstain to marry into other religion due to cultural differences and various other reasons like sometime they need to convert to ...
What does our scripture say about marriage?
As per manusmriti, there are four purposes of Hindu marriage
To have progeny
Performance of religious rites
And through the above three, experience Bliss or Happiness
Why should we marry?
What Param Pujya Morari Bapu mentioned is the simplified truth to drive home a point for a larger ...
The seven steps around the fire represents seven promises taken by newly married couple in the presence of the fire. In Hindu religion, he is believed as the maintainer of life. He carries the fruits of the yajna performed by us. So seven steps are done in presence of fire. These are called as SaptaPadi meaning seven steps in sanskrit. The couple take seven ...
When the people used to follow varnashrama dharama (duty as per caste and order) properly, multiple marriages were allowed by the scriptures. However, certain rules and regulations related to caste were also to be followed in such cases. For example, consider the following statement:
For the first marriage of twice-born men (wives) of equal caste are
Kundali and Gunas are just a part of the mathematics which is given a name "Astrology". As per the person's birth time and birth place, the effect gravitational forces of planets and stars on those two persons forms their matching Lagana kundali.
Now this mathematics of astrology is "Probability" based outcome. Astrology gives you % of probability based on ...
Matchmaking is the process of matching two persons together, usually for the purpose of marriage Based on Gunas or Marks , Which is done with the help of Panchanga along with Match Making Charts . Kundali matchmaking of a prospective bride and groom is the only option to ensure their compatibility. In Ashta-Kuta system of match making, the maximum number ...
Here is what this chapter of the Manu Smriti recommends:
A man, aged thirty years, shall marry a maiden of twelve who pleases him, or a man of twenty-four a girl eight years of age; if (the performance of) his duties would (otherwise) be impeded, (he must marry) sooner.
Bhishma says much the same thing in this chapter of the Anushasana Parva of the ...
No, the Dharma Shastras explicitly forbid Hindus from marrying foreigners, otherwise known as Mlecchas.
Here are some verses from the Atri Smriti that prohibit interracial marriages:
The purification for knowing [having sex with] a Mleccha woman consists in a Santapanam penance, or it is said, one may attain to
purification by performing a ...
Yes, there is a scriptural basis for the restriction.
Here is what Krishna says to Uddhava in the eleventh chapter of the Uddhava Gita of the Srimad Bhagavatam:
One who desires to establish family life should marry a wife of his own caste, who is beyond reproach and younger in age. If one desires to accept many wives he must marry them after the first ...
Choosing a bridegroom:
One should seek for seven qualities in a bridegroom viz. good
family, good character, physical appearance, reputation, learning,
wealth and [track record of] support [of relatives and friends]; the
other matters need not be considered.
Choosing a bride:
One should marry a girl who is endowed with ...
I am answering only this part: Does any Hindu scripture illuminate on this issue?
Most of the customs in Hindu families are practiced according to Dharma-Shastras and Grihya-Sutras. Baudhayana Dharmasutra, PRASNA I, ADHYÂYA 1, KANDIKÂ 2 declares that people from South India can marry with the daughter of their maternal uncle.
We will explain those (peculiar)...
Apart from the verse found in Triyugi Narayan Mani's answer above there is another verse in the Manu Smriti that clearly condemns pre-marital sex.
It is said that only virgins are fit for marriages:
8.226. The nuptial texts are applied solely to virgins, (and) nowhere among men to females who have lost their virginity, for such (females)
are excluded ...
From the text quoted in this answer, I got the answer finally.
Like how we are mistaken to equate "killing = violence" due to its nature, we often mistaken "correct information" as "truth" and "incorrect information" as "falsehood". But Krishna clarifies it to be "utter-able" and "unutterable" respectively:
Behold, however, truth as practised is ...
Yes. According to Apastamba Dharma Sutra, couples need to purify themselves after copulation. From Praśna II, Paṭala 1, Khaṇḍa 1,
Let him have connubial intercourse in the interval also, if his wife (desires it, observing the restrictions imposed by the law).
(The duty of) connubial intercourse (follows from) the passage of a Brāhmaṇa, ('Let us dwell ...
First a small clarification from Wikipedia entry
Contrary to false impression generated in recent decades by Indian movies and TV soap opera, the practice does not exist in every part of India, nor is it an integral part of a marriage ceremony.
Apart from the mangala sutra, the toe rings (bichhua), kumkum, bangles, nalla pusalu (black pearls) and nose ring ...
It's not about keeping it fair that even men should wear some form of accessory indicating they are married. Wearing a mangal-sutra is a tradition similar to a sister tying a rakhee on her brother's wrist to remind him of his duty to protect her. Even in that case, there is no equivalent of rakhee that a sister has to wear.
I hope that answers the question.
Human character is complex.
Emotions can be said to a be Chemical Imbalance, that can be explained completely by chemistry. As per what scientist have tested on rats but when we look closely chemicals / hormones ONLY can define Instincts, like Lust, Aggression, Frustration etc.
These are the traits that are makes Humans to "fall" (to standard of animal). ...
Yes, Sagotra (same-gotra) marriages are prohibited by Hindu scripture. Here's what this chapter of the Manu Smriti says:
A damsel who is neither a Sapinda on the mother's side, nor belongs to the same family on the father's side, is recommended to twice-born men for wedlock and conjugal union.
And here is what this chapter of the Vasishtha Dharma ...
Manglik is a person with Kuja dosha or Mangal dosha or Chevvai dosha. When mars is placed in 1,2,4,7,8 or 12th place from Sukra(Venus), Chandra(Moon) or lagna, this dosha appears in one's horoscope. It isn't any bad sign or bad omen. Its just a different astrological combination that occurs to few people based on their time and date of birth.
This dosha ...
"... does it mean that premarital sex was non-existent?"
If a boy & girl adore each other and consummate the relationship, then such act was called GAndharva marriage. In such case, girl's wish was considered foremost. So in the context of your question, "pre-marital sex" would become marriage itself. Here is from AnushAsana Parva:
Bhishma said, ... ...
Generally, there are eight kind of marriages described in many Scriptures. For example Manu Smriti, Chapter 3 gives their name as follows:
Now listen to (the) brief (description of) the following eight marriage-rites used by the four castes (varna) which partly secure benefits and partly produce evil both in this life and after death.
(They are) the rite ...
Women must be honoured and
adorned by their fathers, brothers,
husbands, and brothers-in-law, who
desire (their own) welfare.
Where women are honoured,
there the gods are pleased; but
where they are not honoured, no
sacred rite yields rewards.
Where the female relations live
in grief, the family soon wholly
perishes; but that family where
The Mangalsutra is a symbolic representation of the divine deities which is Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. As per scripture of the Mangalsutra, the gold part represents Parvati and the black beads which holds the gold represents Lord Shiva. Gold is a symbol of prosperity and well-being. Hence, it is believed that if a woman wears the Mangalsutra, she brings ...
Note: The time period for Sutak changes with Region and Caste across India. So, it is always best to ask your knowledgeable elders or your family priest. However, I provide opinion of Sri Brahmasri Vaddiparthi Padmakar who is well known Hindu Scholar in Telugu states.
Brahmasri Vaddiparthi Padmakar says "Suthak" applies only for 13 days after death of any ...