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Does Hinduism forbid sexual intercourse before marriage?

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. ...
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Remarriage in Sanātana Dharma

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 ...
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Under which circumstances physical punishment to wife is allowed?

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 split ...
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Does Hinduism forbid sexual intercourse before marriage?

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 (...
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What does our scripture say about marriage? Why should we marry?

What does our scripture say about marriage? As per manusmriti, there are four purposes of Hindu marriage To have progeny Sexual pleasure Performance of religious rites And through the above ...
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What are the Saptapadi or the seven promises of marriage?

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 ...
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What horoscope matching factors are necessary for a marriage?

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 . ...
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Do Hindus intermarry with other religions?

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 ...
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What does Hinduism say about polygamy (multiple marriages)?

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 ...
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Which scripture describes the procedure for an ideal marriage including how to find the ideal bride or groom?

Choosing a bridegroom: From Yamasmriti: One should seek for seven qualities in a bridegroom viz. good family, good character, physical appearance, reputation, learning, wealth and [track ...
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Do scriptures allow Hindus to marry foreigners?

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 ...
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Does marriage really depend on Kundali and Gunas?

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 ...
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Cross-cousin marriage and hinduism

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 ...
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Does Hinduism forbid sexual intercourse before marriage?

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: ...
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What is the recommended age for marriage for girls as per Shastra?

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 ...
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Meaning of Krishna's advice to Yudhisthira before Drona Vadh

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 "...
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Is there a taboo about a younger groom marrying an elder bride? Any references where a younger groom marries an elder woman?

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 ...
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Do a couple need to purify themselves after copulation?

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 (...
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Regulative principles for sex life

First of all, let me explicitly state that I assumed that you are asking about the rules & regulations that a husband and his wife should abide by.Because ,sexual activities, of any other forms ...
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Are husband and wife, associated/affected by each others' sins?

Husband being associated in wife's sins The wife's sins definitely affect the husband. This is mentioned in the scriptures. Mantridoshascha rAjAnam jAyAdoshah patim yathA | TathA prApnotyasandeham ...
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Why don't men wear the likes of Mangal-Sutra to signify they are married?

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 ...
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Why don't men wear the likes of Mangal-Sutra to signify they are married?

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 ...
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Death in family - does a marriage need to be postponed?

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 ...
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Why is it forbidden to marry a person with the same Gotra?

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 ...
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How many types of marriages are there according to Hindusim?

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 ...
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Was widow re-marriage prevalent in Mahabharata?

Yes. Hindu scriptures allow women to remarry after husband's death. Naradha Smriti 12.97 “When her husband is lost or dead, when he has become a religious ascetic, when he is impotent, when he has ...
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Does marriage really depend on Kundali and Gunas?

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 ...
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what does being maanglik means. Is it bad or good?

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. ...
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