Arranged marriages have a history since fourth century in Indian culture. In fact it is consider as a foundation of the Indian marriage system. Now with the passing of time other types of wedding has also evolved.. can anyone throw some light on this
Posted On : 3/26/2009 6:41:57 AM
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Hindu Dharma accords paramount importance to marriage between two people found compatible, and on an auspicious day, chosen to be compatible with the bride and the groom, with the blessings of the elders and in the presence of gods, so that the couple will flourish and walk in dharma, and any progeny conceived after such elaborate rituals would be a blessed soul and good human being. Once the parents of both bride and groom agree with each in which all the relatives and known circle are called from both sides as a witness and to bless, then in that engagement function itself a date is fixed for marriage as per bride and grooms horoscope and astrologically auspicious day, the priest will announce to all that both the family are agreed to the acceptance of marriage of their son/daughter on the particular date. Then in the name of god both the families exchange fruits and cloths as a symbol of happy acceptance. An auspicious day is chosen in accordance with the religious almanac and the bride and the groom s horoscopes, also if it is moon s phase ascending is preferred by some apart from any other logistical consideration. The wedding is conducted in accordance with Vedic rites and rituals with the invited guests considered to be the society in whose presence the girl is given away in holy matrimony to the boy. From that moment on, he is to consider himself responsible for fulfilling her smallest of small desires to the biggest of them, to the best of his ability. He promises to be faithful to her and to worship the ground she walks on. She in turn is to treat him as her lord and master, her guide and advisor through good and bad, for the rest of her life.
Arranged marriage which was once very common in India has witnessed a lot of chanhes ans is not only the option in India. i agree with the asker as he says that with the passing of time a number of types of marriages also evolved in India. Court Marriages,Love - Arranged Marriages, Love Marriages and Arranged -Love Marriages has also gained importance.