From around 500 BC, the Vedic Hindu culture gave rise to what we have come to known as Hinduism.
The Manu Smriti, a religious discourse that outlined the do’s and don’ts for regarding duties, rights, laws, code of conduct, and virtues to be practiced by people practicing family life, if they want to lead a life of sanctified dharma.
Hindus will marry Hindus, while Muslims will look for a match within the Muslim community and Christian families will prefer their children getting married to a Christian.
This is probably to preserve the culture and heritage of their religion as customs and rituals vary greatly between religions.
Caste: Caste is another important criterion in the list.
Hindu religion is divided and subdivided into several castes, which are again branched out into sub-castes.
They keep in mind various factors, different for boys and girls, while searching for a suitable match to attach their names with. Even in the 21st Century, around 85 percent Indians prefer to marry the boy or girl chosen by their families, rather than choosing their life partners themselves.
Traditionally the matchmaker is an individual who keeps a database of marriageable individual from the neighboring area.
Arranged marriages became the most prevalent way of marriage in the country and among Hindus especially.
Process of Arranged Marriage Arranged marriages in India are long drawn out processes, where finalizing the perfect match may take months and even years.
Some of these criteria are: Religion: Religion tops the list of criteria while fixing a marriage match.
The boy and girl going for an arranged marriage have to belong to the same religion.