Marriage in India

Universality of marriage

In the Vedic age, the participation of the wife was considered indispensable for the successful conclusion of all ceremonies and sacrifices on the assumption that as a man alone is spiritually incomplete, he is not competent to offer oblations to the gods. This was similar to the Avestan concept of bachelors being spiritually impure. Thus,


What do couples fight about in the first year?

It’s often said that if a couple can get through the first year of marriage, they can weather any storm. And though Sara’s and Sunil’s first year was a bigger trial than most, with each having to deal with severe health problems, they also had their little battles throughout the grand war.

The arranged marriage set-up is like speed dating

In my own case, the question of arranged marriage would be brought up every time a relative or family friend asked whether I was ‘available’. If I was in a relationship, the question would be hedged. If I wasn’t, I would be consulted. Since, until recently, I wasn’t sure whether I would be willing to

Wedding in India

Is marrying young a mistake?

Vaidehi Raman, 38, is among the proponents of a reasonably late marriage. She dismisses the notion that getting married early allows one to grow with the person one marries. ‘You grow out of it very quickly,’ she says, wryly. A technical writer and quality controller by profession, Vaidehi married when she was just 21, right

promiscuity in India

Promiscuity in Indian society

In 1961, a German scholar, Bachofen, brought out his epoch-making work Mutterecht suggesting that a state of promiscuity existed in human society before the establishment of the institution of marriage. He quoted many passages from the classical literature of many countries. His conclusions were further supported by other scholars, namely, Maclennan, Morgan, Lubbock, Spencer, etc.

Punishment for adultery

Punishment for adultery

Protection of women in India and private property as the main obligations of civil authority is referred to in the Mahabharata which says that when people resolved to set up a civil society, an important point of agreement was that they should abandon the person who encroaches on another’s property and violates the chastity of

Sexual morality in India

Sexual morality and Dharma

Ancient Hindu philosophers have prescribed not only the spiritual path but also moral discipline including social duty. Right from the time of the Vedas and the Upanishads, they have been concerned with such matters as moral conduct, marriage, longevity, obligations of the individual towards society and so forth. For example, the great epics, the Ramayana