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8 Types of Hindu Marriage: As Described in the Laws of Manu

8 Types of Hindu Marriage: As Described in the Laws of Manu

http://hinduism.about.com/od/matrimonial1/a/typesofmarriage.htm

http://weddings.iloveindia.com/features/types-of-hindu-marriages.html

http://society.indianetzone.com/weddings/1/hindu_types_marriage.htm


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriage_in_Hinduism#Types_of_Hindu_marriage_and_rituals

According to Hinduism there are eight different types of Hindu marriages. Among the eight types all didn't have religious sanction. The last four were not religiously defined and were condemned.

  • Rite of Brahmana (Brahma) - where the father of the bride invites a man learned in the Vedas and a good conduct, and gives his daughter in marriage to him after decking her with jewels and costly garments.
  • Rite of the Gods (Daiva) - where the daughter is groomed with ornaments and given to a priest who duly officiates at a sacrifice during the course of its performance of this rite.
  • Rite of the Rishis (Arsha) - when the father gives away his daughter after receiving a cow and a bull from the brightgroom.
  • Rite of the Prajapati - (Prajapatya) where the father gives away his daugher after blessing the couple with the text "May both of you perform together your duties"

Hindu Marriages which do not have Religious sanction
  • Rite of the Asuras (Demons) - when the bridegroom receives a maiden after bestowing wealth to the kinsmen and to the bride according to his own will.
  • Rite of the Gandharva - the voluntary union of a maiden and her lover, which arises from desire and sexual intercourse for its purpose.
  • Rite of the Rakshasa - forcible abduction of a maiden from her home after her kinsmen have been slain or wounded and their houses broken open.
  • Rite of the Pisaka - when a man by stealth seduces a girl who is sleeping or intoxicated or is mentally disbalanced or handicapped.

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