In India, especially in Hindus, the match making method before marriage of a boy and girl as per Vedic Astrology is followed. The marriage is regarded as a spiritual union. It is expected to last a hundred years. It offers equality to both the spouses in the issue related to right conduct or 'Dharma,' financial position or 'Artha,' sexual relationship or 'Kama' and emancipation or 'Moksha' according to Hindu traditional scriptures.
- Horoscope Matching:
These horoscope matches are according to Lunar Constellations known as nakshatras. It is known as guna milap or Ashtakoot Milan by which factors affecting marriage are given points. The couple from the same group are normally compatible to one another. The star signs for the marriage couples based on the following 8 points and add up to 36 points known as ‘gunas’. These are Nadi, Bhakoot, Gana, Graha-Matri, Yoni, Tara, Vashya and Varna. There is also a method by which horoscope of the bride and groom is matched according to their first names. A particular nakshatra is derived based on the first letter of the name for the horoscope matching. It is still useful because many people do not have correct information on birth date and time or place. According several experts, it is regarded as incorrect practice because there is possibility of an error. Also, the correct prediction of ‘manglik dosha’ drawbacks and their remedy cannot be provided.
- Horoscope Matching Before Marriage:
Horoscope Matching before marriage is of utmost importance in a Hindu marriage. Usually, it is done before the ‘would be’ couple even meets. Most of the time, the parents of the boy and girl meet the traditional astrologer and zodiac compatibility or kundli milan’ is examined. The compatibility according to Zodiac signs is regarded as the option for a long and happy marriage. According to the Indian society, the marriage is regarded as sacred union between a boy and a girl. It is expected to last for a lifetime. The divorce is the rarest possibility and still it is regarded as something uncalled for situation. Dosha Samyam or drawbacks remedy is integral to horoscope matching before marriage. In case of ‘Manglik Dosha’ or planet Mars’ negative effect, the couple needs to work hard to make the marriage successful, according to traditional Indian astrologers.
- Indian Matrimonial Websites
Nowadays, due to love marriages, late marriages, and inter-race and cast marriages due to globalization, the horoscope matching may not be regarded sacred by all. Still, it will provide help to arrive at a decision to a large extend. Several Indian matrimonial websites cater to these kinds of modern couples with compiling big database containing information on worldwide Indian grooms and brides on the online matrimonials. These facilitate contacts between prospective brides and grooms. These Indian matrimonial websites also help search and match making according to community, caste, and religion and in some cases country also. These services are confidential and secure to protect the interest of the individuals.
As discussed above, the traditional horoscope matching plays crucial part in Indian marriages. The Indian matrimonial websites provide matchmaking facility to contemporary couples find correct spouse.