Matrimonials & Weddings
Hindu Wedding Rituals
While various regional steps are followed by different sects of Hindu across India, there are about a dozen rituals that form the core of a Vedic wedding ceremony
Love Marriage Vs Arranged Marriage
Most people tend to equate Hindu marriage with arranged marriage. What if the girl or the boy refuses to marry the person chosen by their parents? What if they choose a partner of their own liking and opt for a love marriage? Find out in this discussion, and don't forget to leave your comments.
Polygamy for Hindus
Polygamy has been outlawed for Hindus. A discussion on Vedic marriage rituals, love marriage, arranged marriage and polygamy in the ancient and present Indian society.
The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955
Excerpt from the Act of the Government of India, called the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, which relates to marriage among Hindus, including guidelines on application, condition, ceremonies and registration.
Bridal Sari Gallery
A photo gallery of Indian women's bridal saris. The Sari - India's national dress for women - is one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn. This gallery features a range of beautiful and colorful silk saris that women prefer to wear during a marriage ceremony.
Ideals of a Hindu Marriage
In a Vedic marriage, man and woman take oath for the practice of self-restraint, to work together for the welfare of the family, and help each other to attain spiritual peace. This lofty ideal of sanctity is a great gift of Hinduism to the world.
The 7 Blessings of a Hindu Wedding
The highlight of a Hindu wedding is Saptapadi, or "Seven Steps." Here, the bride's sari is tied to the groom's kurta or shawl as they walk around the fire agreeing to vows.
The Mangalsutra Necklace
Mangalsutra is a sacred necklace that the groom ties around the bride's neck on the day of the wedding in a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony, thereby giving her the status of his wife and life mate.
Mehendi or Henna Dye: Green, Cool & Beautiful
Henna tattoos are considered among the most auspicious 'ornaments' of a married Hindu woman. A look at the history, significance and how this beautiful reddish dye has become synonymous with Hindu wedding, and has made waves the West.
Types of Hindu Marriage
There are eight types of marriage described in the ancient Hindu text of Manusmriti (Laws of Manu) or "Manava Dharma Shastra":
Hindu Marriage Rites & Rituals
A brief overview of what Hindu marriage rites are all about.
10 Commandments for a Successful Married Life
What does it take to be an ideal spouse? Gyan Rajhans dishes out some tried and tested means to keep your married life sound, peaceful and free from conjugal tensions...
Bengali Wedding Rituals
A typical Bengali marriage ceremony is an elaborate affair that entails a series of colorful ceremony of rituals, which are not only enjoyable but are of great significance...
Bollywood's Biggest Hindu Wedding
In what is regarded as the biggest Hindu wedding in Bollywood, India’s reigning stars Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai exchanged nuptial vows at a colorful Hindu marriage ceremony in Bombay. They preferred everything traditional as far as Vedic wedding rituals are concerned.
Message to the Newly Wed
In this message, Swami Chidananda blesses all new couples and prays for their happiness, health, prosperity and success in life. He explains the significance of the household, and how the couple must turn their daily life into a sublime process of manifesting their inner divinity and expressing it outwardly through thought, speech and action.
Mehendi: Dye For Marriage!
Henna tattoos are considered among the most auspicious 'ornaments' of a married Hindu woman. A look at how this natural reddish dye - synonymous with Hindu wedding - has made waves in the West.
'Vivah' - The Bond of Marriage
Sooraj Barjatya's Bollywood film 'Vivah' upholds the sanctity of marital bonding. The film starts with engagement and ends with marriage and gauges the heights of love and the depths of relationship. It is a heart warming tale of unconditional love...
Vivah - Bollywood Photo Gallery
'Vivah' means marriage - an institution that binds two individuals into a bond that is sacred, pure and eternal - a commitment for life. It is also the title of Suraj Barjatya's latest Bollywood film. Here're some stills from the movie starring Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao.
How to apply Mehendi
A simple how to on applying Mehndi or making Henna 'tattoos' on your palm in 12 smart steps.
Think Before You Tie the Knot!
It happens once every 12 years, when the heavens conspire against wedding plans. According to Indian astrologers, the current planetary alignment makes it an ominous time to tie the nuptial knot.
Marriage Guidance for Indians Abroad
Rising cases of failed and fraudulent marriages of Indian women with Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) has prompted India's Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs to come up with a Guidance Booklet. Read and download from here...
Arranged Marriages Originated in the Vedic Period
A recent research has brought to light that arranged marriages originated during the Vedic period of Indian history. The ceremony and the institution of arranged marriages took its shape during this time.