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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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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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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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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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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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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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The factors that should match for a couple to live a happy life?

For beginners it is recommended to use an online Match Calculator, that use Ashta-Kuta system and takes into account the exceptions. Matchmaking is the process of matching two persons together, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why does the Vishnu Purana and Mahabharat promote Child Marriage?

Why does the Vishnu Purana and Mahabharat promote Child Marriage? Not just the Vishnu Purana and Mahabharata, but all Dharma Shastras promote child marriage: Manu 9.94 - A man thirty years old shall ...
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What are the duties of an ideal husband as per Hinduism?

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 ...
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Can a younger sibling marry before elder sibling in Hinduism?

As per Smritis, such an act (in case of brothers) is considered as a sin. 3.171. He must be considered as a Parivetti who marries or begins the performance of the Agnihotra before his elder brother,...
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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 is being loyal to one's wife same as celibacy?

No just being loyal is not enough.One has to avoid his wife on the period days and few other forbidden days too. If a husband does that then many scriptures declare him to be as good as a celibate. ...
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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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Under which circumstances physical punishment to wife is allowed?

As Medhātithi explains, it's only allowed under exceptional conditions. What is enjoined here is the method of keeping the persons on the right path, and not actual beating; so that chastisement ...
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Are there famous deities/gods or spiritual supremo, who had a daughter?

From creation chapters of various Puranas, we find that there were more daughters than sons. For example, Svāyambhuva Manu (the father of mankind) had 3 daughters (Ākūti, Devahūti and Prasūti) and 2 ...
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What do the scriptures say about the qualities of an ideal bride?

Yes there are such references in Manu Smriti and several other scriptures. From Manu Smriti: 3.8. Let him not marry a maiden (with) reddish (hair), nor one who has a redundant member, nor one who is ...
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Did Arjuna marry a widow? Was Ulupi a widow?

Arjuna spent one night with Ulupi and begot a son named Iravat. Ulupi's husband was killed by Garuda a long time ago and she was living in her father's palace. Arjuna gave Ulupi the status of a wife ...
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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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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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What's the view of Hinduism on prostitution and premarital sex?

"... 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 ...
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Did Draupadī cry when Arjuna brought Subhadrā home? What about Kauśalyā and Sumitra in Daśaratha's case?

Partha worshipped the brahmanas and went to Droupadi. Then, out of love, Droupadi told Kuru’s descendant, “O Kunti’s son! Go to the daughter of the Satvatas. A second load always loosens the first tie,...
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What was the age of Sita at the time of marriage?

Here is what Sita says to Ravana in aranya kanda(sita says that when Rama left ayodhya for exile,Rama was 25 years old and sita says she was or is 18 years old. मम भर्ता महातेजा वयसा पंच विंशकः ||  ...
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What is the real meaning of "Kanyadhana"

The word is KanyA dAna and not what you said also it is not DH but D.. See Manu Smriti 3.29: एकं गोमिथुनं द्वे वा वरादादाय धर्मतः । कन्याप्रदानं विधिवदार्षो धर्मः स उच्यते ॥ २९ ॥ ekaṃ ...
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