Arranged marriages have been an integral part of Indian society for centuries, and even today people having their marriages planned by their parents and other respected family-members, with the consent of the bride and groom, does occur. Arranged matches were made after taking into account factors such as the compatibility of the couples' horoscopes, the backgrounds of their families (wealth, social standing) and their castes. The institution of marriage in India is considered a very important one. Thus, parents felt that since they were older and wiser than their progeny, they would be able to find a suitable match for their children with more prudence than the latter. Although the institution of arranged marriage has been witnessing a downward trend in metropolitan India, it is still prevalent in rural areas.
Hindu Arranged Marriages
Hindu Dharma accords paramount importance to marriage between two individuals and formulates that a first ever marriage occur between two people found compatible by horoscopes, and only on an auscpicious day, chosen to be compatible with the bride and the groom, with the blessings of the elders and in the presence of God, so that 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 other they will first perform engagement function 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.
Horoscopes across Hindu followers widely used for finding a match while some others also use names and dates-of-births...
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