Hinduism dating

If the astrological chart of the two individuals (male and female) achieve the required threshold in points then further talks are considered for prospective marriage.

Also the man and woman are given a chance to talk and understand each other.

In southern India, a married woman may wear a necklace with a distinctive pendant called a thali and silver toe-rings.

Both are put on her by the husband during the wedding ceremony.

In medieval times a married woman used to be encouraged to give up all of these when her husband died.

This is no longer the practice in many progressive communities any more.

In certain poor vaishnav communities there is still a custom called kanthi-badal which is an exchange of bead-garlands as a very simplified form of ritual in solitude in front of an idol of Krishna, considered a form of acceptable love marriage.

Elopement has also been described in old Hindu literature.

Any match with points under 18 is not considered as an auspicious match for a harmonious relationship.Interestingly, there are various instances from ancient scriptures of Hinduism, of romantic love marriages that were accepted in ancient times, for example Dushyanta and Shakuntala in the story of the Mahabharata.Somewhere in the course of time, arranged marriages became predominant and love marriages became unacceptable or at least frowned upon.Once there is an agreement then an auspicious time is chosen for the wedding to take place.In recent years, with the onset of dating culture in India, arranged marriages have seen a marginal decrease, with prospective brides and grooms preferring to choose a spouse on their own and not necessarily only the one whom their parents find agreeable; this has been more pronounced in urban and suburban areas than rural regions.The use of jathakam or Janam Kundali (astrological chart at the time of birth) of the son/daughter to match with the help of a priest is common, but not universal.Parents also take advice from the brahman called 'Jothidar' in Tamil or 'panthulu or siddanthi ' in Telugu and Kundali Milaan in northern India, who has details of many people looking to get married.Food is served to all the invitees with lots of delicacies.The wedding celebrations can take up to one week depending on the practice in different parts of India.Lord Krishna himself eloped with Rukmini on a horse chariot.It is written that Rukmini's father was going to marry her to Shishupal, against her wishes.

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