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In India. The ceremony and the institution of arranged marriages also took its shape during this time.Shiva-vivaha: Shiva’s Marriage as illustrated in 'Shiva Purana'. sacraments sanctifying the body. the oldest surviving documents from the Vedic era.which has its roots in the Vedas. It is one such topic that is controversial and widely debated. arranged marriages can be said to have initially risen to prominence in the Indian subcontinent when the historical Vedic religion gradually gave way to classical Hinduism. vivaha or marriage is considered a sarira samskara.. you may wonder how and when this practice started. Hindu marriage is said to be derived from laws interpreted in theDharmashastras or sacred texts. When you watch elaborate Indian arranged marriages and analyze the complexity and effort involved to make it successful. Among the Hindus. . Ads Visita la India tripadvisor. a recent research conducted by a post graduate student of Amity University. 2016.com SHARE PIN By Shardha Chettri Updated January 09. The Hindu Dharmashastras According to the research. i. Interestingly. New Delhi has brought to light the finding that arranged marriages in India originated during the Vedic period of Indian history. marriages are often equated with arranged marriages particularly due to the social structure.co/India ¡Lee las Opiniones de Viajeros y Encuentra Ofertas en Hoteles!  Marriage Vows  Marriage Ceremony  Hindu  The Marriage  Hinduism Therefore. ExoticIndia.e. which every individual has to go through in life.

the maintenance of caste system depends on a system of arranged marriages. social. Kshatriya. documented the Manu Samhita. sexual. Manu recognized the possibility of marriage with the next lower caste as producing legitimate children but condemned the marriage of an Aryan with a woman of lower . Traditionally accepted as one of the supplementary arms of the Vedas. vanaspratha and samnyasa". which is followed even today. long before the word "Hindu" came to be associated with religion. Manu.These scriptures are said to have been written by male Aryan sages who inhabited the areas across the Indus river."bhramacharya. The Four Stages of Life It further mentions that these four aims of life were to be accomplished by conducting life in four stages which were .Artha referred to the "acquisitive instinct. progeny and sex. "Hindu" was simply an evolved Persian word for the people who lived across the river "Indus" or "Indu". and aesthetic urges of man. grihastha. Kamarepresented the instinctive. and was connected with satisfying the emotional. In India.Moksharepresented the end of life and the realization of an inner spirituality in man. The Four Aims of Life These texts mention the four main aims of Hindu life: Dharma. Caste is an important determinant in an arranged marriage. is known to have laid down the marital laws. presenting the norms of domestic. Dharma represented the harmony between "temporal interests and spiritual freedom". Vaishya and Sudras. one of the most influential interpreters of these scriptures. The Laws of Manu or Manava Dharma Shastra is one of the standard books in the Hindu canon.The Vedas and the Smritis thus gave an authentic written foundation to the institution of marriage. and religious life in India. and signified man's enjoyment of wealth". Artha. The Laws of Manu Samhita The Manu Samhita that was written in around 200 BC.The second stage grihastha dealt with marriage and included the goals of dharma. Kama and Moksha. As Vedas and the Manu Samhita is the earliest available document it can be ascertained that marriage started with this era. The Four Hindu Castes The Law of Manu divided the society into four castes: Brahmin.

i. They are the ones who decide on the groom and the bride has no say in the marriage. was documented by sages in the Vedic scriptures. The Vedas set out in detail the ritualistic importance of the nuptial ceremony. Role of Astrology in Arranged Marriage Hindus believe in astrology. the evolution of arranged marriages has been a gradual process with its roots in the Vedic period.e. . So. because these forms actively involve the parents. Hindu astrology. The first four forms of marriages combined together can be classified as arranged marriages. the Indus Valley Civilization has no written scriptures or scripts relating to this period. characteristics generic to the arranged marriages practiced among the Hindus. Daiva. The prospective couple's horoscopes have to be analyzed and "suitably matched" for the marriage to take place. and by law and tradition. Arsa. Rakshasas and Pisaka marriages. Endogamy (a rule requiring marriage within a specified social or kinship group) was the rule which governed the Hindu society as it was believed that marrying outside ones caste would result in some serious ritual pollution. Hence there is an extensive need for deciphering the script of the Indus civilization to have an idea about the society and marriage customs of this period to open avenues for further research. Prajapatya. a system that originated in ancient India. Hindu Wedding Rituals Hindu marriage ceremony is essentially a Vedic yajna or fire-sacrifice. Gandharva. Asuras. The 8 Forms of Marriage It was the Vedas that described the eight forms of marriages in Hinduism: The Brahma. in which the Aryan deities are invoked in the archaic Indo-Aryan style. The primary witness of a Hindu marriage is the fire-deity or Agni. no Hindu marriage is deemed complete unless in the presence of the Sacred Fire.caste. and seven circumbulation have been made around it by the bride and the groom together. The period prior to it. The seven vows of a Hindu marriage are also mentioned in the Vedic texts.. The origin of arranged marriages in India and its dignified past hence comes from the amazing specificity of Vedic astrology.