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Prajapatya Vivaha In Hindu Religion

Prajapatya Vivaha is one of the eight types of marriage legally valid in Hindu religion. According to Asvalayana Grihya Sutra, the kind of marriage in which the married couple is asked to observe a religion together is known as prajapatya vivaha. Gautama and Manu also adhere to the same view. The name of Prajapati is linked with this marriage type, which makes it clear that it was intended for procreation and riddance from the paternal debt.

In another work named Vira-Mitrodaya, mention has been made of certain binding conditions due to which the authors of Dharmasastras have considered it as proper, however, placed it fourth in order of merit. This makes it clear that the prevalence of marriage should have been among the aristocrats and educated gentry of the society, and with the advent of child marriages it would have disappeared.