(Last Updated on : 16/09/2009)
Marriage is a personal union of individual's and they are of eight forms in Hindu mythology. The eight forms are the Brahma, Daiva, the Arsha, Prajapatya, Asura, Gandharba, Rakshasa and Paisacha.
The Vishnu Purana
marriage describes the kind of maiden that should be selected by the man who has finished his studies, and proposes to enter into the married state. She should be a third of the man's own age; one who has not too much hair, but is not without any; one who is not very black nor yellow complexioned, and who is not deformed. The man must not marry a girl who is vicious or unhealthy, of low origin or suffering from disease. She must not be the one who has ill brought up; one who talks improperly; one who inherits so malady from father or mother; one who has a beard, or is of a masculine appearance. The lady must not be the one who speaks thick or thin, or who keeps her eyes shut, or has the eyes very prominent. She must not have hairy legs, or thick ankles; or one who has dimples in her cheeks when she laughs. A wise and sensible man must not marry a girl of such a description. Again he must not let a considerate man wed a girl of a harsh skin; or one with white nails; or one with red eyes; or with very fat hands and feet; or one who is a dwarf, or who is very tall; or one whose eyebrows meet, or whose teeth are far apart and resemble tusks.
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