In most classical depictions, she is portrayed either as a cow goddess, or with a cow nearby–it is her role as mother that is most often seen. Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love and sexuality, a job she took very seriously. Cristian Baitg / Image Bank / Getty Images. Hindu marriage harmonizes two individuals for ultimate eternity, so that they can pursue dharma (Truth), arth (meaning), and kama (worldly desires). This form of marriage was most prevalent among the Hindu Sutras. From these Grihastha refers to the stage of marriage (also known as the stage of the householder). ... to reflect our own characteristics in the name of God! In accordance with the Hindu Marriage Act, which was introduced in the year 1955 vocalizes that: No Hindu man can have second consort (a wife) if he is already involved with the first wife. a non-beliver of god can also enter heaven by good deeds. In fact, the word erotic comes from his name. There is a problem, but I think the author is seeing the problem from a wrong direction. Twice the Mahabharata tells the tale of how he carried off the daughter of the king of Kashi for his half-brother. The Groom vows to bride that he will work hard putting all his efforts to bring wealth and prosperity … Statue of Aphrodite, Fira, Santorini, Greece. 4. I am not against Islam or anything…. The one who accuses a chaste woman with false accusation is cursed by Allah, the Almighty, and angels in this world and the Hereafter. Last accessed on 26-10-2013. The life of women there is so horrible… Please enlighten me on this topic. Major Hindu population follows these beliefs exclusively. Traditionally, Hindu parents look for a prospective match for their son/daughter from their own community also known as arranged marriage. Nothing goes unpunished.Islam for Hindus I feel it should be Islam for the illiterates who jump the gun. Hera is centered around the hearth and home, and focuses on family relationships. Is it possible that a heavenly book may include such law? Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Among his heroic deeds we often find the abduction of maidens, and when he is dead, his mother Ganga sings his praises for this too. On the other hand, Islamic law never permits any marriage without the consent of the both parties; the bride and groom. This punishment is prescribed by Allah, the Almighty, on just the accusation and slandering of a chaste woman, then how severe punishment would be for those who abduct a woman or terrorize her? Shiva's marriage procession, which includes most of the Hindu pantheon, is often described at length. Similar to Aphrodite, Venus took a number of lovers, both mortal and divine. A festival was held regularly to honor Aphrodite, appropriately called the Aphrodisiac. (An-Nur 24:23). The Glorious Qur’an says: Indeed, those who [falsely] accuse chaste, unaware and believing women are cursed in this world and the Hereafter; and they will have a great punishment. the need for companionship – and founded an honorable institution known as marriage. “Ekam sat viprah bahuda” phrase highlights this fact that shakti is inseparable,All is one. Eventually, though, he evolved into the image we have today of a chubby cherub, flitting about zapping people with his arrows. (3) Ludwik Sternbach, Forms of Marriage in Ancient India And Their Development, Bharatiya Vidya, India, 1951, pp.63. Still, misconception or you can say- manipulation, has given a different shape to the society. Usually when her relatives are asleep, or in a state of intoxication during a tribal festival, this act is carried out in stealth. (5) http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/575795/suttee. In this form of marriage, unlike Brahma, the father gives away his daughter to a priest as a Dakshina (sacrificial fee) for officiating in the sacrifice conducted by the father of the bride. Image by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty News Images, Profile of Eros, Greek God of Passion and Lust. Her union with Shiva taught him to embrace pleasure, and so in addition to being a destroyer god, Shiva is also a patron of the arts and dance. How was Bhishma killed and who was Shikhandi and his relation to Amba. If anyone faces any obstacle or hurdle in their love life or married life, Lord … According to your theory no rapes should be happening in Muslim countries like middle East iran Iraq Pakistan…but is it the reality! In Islam they just say that we don’t do this or that but Islamic history is opposite of that. The difference between the above mentioned forms of marriage as far as legal consequences are concerned exceedingly small. (2) Ludwik Sternbach, Forms of Marriage in Ancient India And Their Development, Bharatiya Vidya, India, 1951, pp.63, 64. Kama or Sex Gratification: Sex is one of the aims of marriage, but it is the least desirable aim of … 6. He typically is seen on Valentine's Day cards and decorations, and is invoked as a god of pure love and innocence–a far cry from his original form. Like many Greek gods, Aphrodite spent a lot of time meddling in the lives of humans–particularly their love lives–and was instrumental in the cause of the Trojan War. What is the purpose of marriage according to Hinduism? So in above scenarios how exactly does your great justice giving Islam protect the women. The sacred fire, agni, god of fire is the witness in a Hindu wedding ceremony. Learn how your comment data is processed. Although a few are male–Cupid in particular come to mind, thanks to Valentine's Day–most are female, because the institution of marriage has long been viewed as the domain of women. Same happened much later with Prithwiraj and Sanjukta, although we don’t know if there was any external help or not. It is really unreasonable that the marriage based on abducting or stealing a girl was allowed for kings and Kashtriya caste. Keep it up. Gender identity within Hinduism can be quite fluid. Although Juno's festival, the Matronalia, was actually celebrated in March, the month of June was named for her. It is really strange that Hindu scriptures praise the act of abducting a girl for marriage. Patti Wigington is a pagan author, educator, and licensed clergy. The statue Aphrodite of Milos, better known as the Venus de Milo, depicts the goddess as classically beautiful, with womanly curves and a knowing smile. However, this form of marriage is recognized as unlawful probably for members of the Brahman caste only, but permissible for kings and Kshatriya caste. (1) http://gauravprakashspace.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/types-of-hindu-marriagevivaha/. Since wise people foresaw this possibility ahead of time, they made provisions for such elopements. May by the grace of Shankar, the Fire God. Hindu god couple have never promoted marriages, infact when Ardhanarshiwar and Laxmi-Narayan or Brahma-Saraswati are spoken of, they are not at all considered as two separate individuals. The Egyptians honored Hathor, wife of Ra. Deities of Love and Marriage Aphrodite (Greek) Eros (Greek) Hera (Greek) Parvati (Hindu) Venus (Roman) Vesta (Roman) Marriage is regarded as sacred. Marriage is an institution through which a person moves from Brahmacharya to Grihastha. 7. In this, the bride’s family waits for a suitable groom. As the wife of the Sun God, Ra, Hathor is known in Egyptian legend as the patroness of wives. Moreover, we find some Hindu scriptures praise abducting a girl for marriage, I am quoting here a passage by Johann Jakob Meyer who says in this regard: “Not only Krishna, the conscienceless fellow, who rose to the lofty dignity of highest god from being an obscure new-comer, is set before us as a bold woman snatcher and not only the Arjuna so wrongly praised to the skies by later revisers of the Kuru saga, but also the truly noble Bhishma. The very Gods are married. Love marriages are on the increase, but there is still a lot of skepticism about them. Her festival, the Vestalia, was celebrated each year in June. In ancient India, the form of marriage (विवाह) signified in what way the marriage was contracted.(2). Although not specifically a god of love, Eros is often invoked as a god of lust and passion. Even gods do marry and lead married lives just as humans. What Arabs and Muslims did in India subcontinent to woman is well known. The main problem lies there. (Al-Ma’idah 5:33). Elders in the family and parents seek the prospective match through word of mouth within the community. In ancient Rome, Cupid was the incarnation of Eros, the god of lust and desire. These problems are more acute in the rural areas compared to the urban areas and metropolitan cities. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Of course it could not be allowed. With His grace may I never be… Allowing such marriage is an insult to the dignity of a woman by all standards. This was because kings used to use their daughters as pawns in their political chess-board (marriage politics). Hinduism has many rich mythology and sacred beliefs associated. Daiva Vivaha: giving the girl to the priest himself in lieu of his fees. Brahma marriage – The Brahma marriage is the marriage of one’s daughter, after decking her with costly garments and with presents of jewels, to a man of good conduct learned in the Vedas, and invited by oneself.A Brahma marriage is where a boy is able to get married once he has completed his student hood, or Brahmacharya. Such nature is totally far from the spirit of a divine scripture. Such a smart analysis! Venus is nearly always portrayed as young and lovely. Eros, or Cupid, is a well known god of love. Like Aphrodite, Hera played a crucial role in the story of the Trojan War. !” The daughter … Dating to 6,000 BCE, the Vedas constitute the oldest scripture in the world. Cupid was the son of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. Hindus who understand the higher philosophy seek to find God on the inside while also worshiping God in the temples. Through sex is one of the function of marriage it is given third place, indicating there by that it is least desirable aim of the marriage. Among its most familiar texts are the Bhagavad Gita, though the Vedas are considered the authoritative guiding text by which one’s life is shaped. Islam lives in past but Hinduism runs with time.Islam runs through book. Only the enlightened person can see the lies spread by Muslims. Parents also take advice from the Brahmin called 'panthulu' in Teluguwho has details of many people looking to get … Norse women honored Frigga as a goddess of marriage. Such laws and principles can not be constituted by a wise man, not to mention Allah the Wise, the All-Knowing. The problem here is that the Hindu scripture is honest. In Hinduism bad karma will always get back at you. Marriage in Hinduism The aims of Hindu marriage are said to be dharma, praja (progeny) and rati (pleasure). It's a month for weddings and handfastings, so she is often honored at Litha, the time of the summer solstice. The difference between the above mentioned forms of marriage as far as legal consequences are concerned exceedingly small. “Living in the law of life, Varmangayamy Turda Dwivedi Bratiti Kanya Vrutti Tharthiya ! The Manusmriti, the book written by the sage Manu describes eight types of marriages in Hinduism namely Brahma Vivaha, Daiva Vivaha,Arsha Vivaha,Prajapatya Vivaha,Gandharva Vivaha, Asura Vivaha,Rakshasha Vivaha and Paishacha Vivaha. On the contrary, Islam puts a harsh punishment for those who make mischief in the land and damage the security of the people. Why… you say that in Islamic marriage both parties are sought for consent. Then Bhishma heard how the three daughters of the king of Kashi (like the fairies of heaven they were) were all holding their choice of a husband.”(4) Until he lifted the maidens onto his chariot. Steve Outram / Photographer's Choice / Getty. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment. Rakshava Vivaha: marriage to a kidnapped girl. What Arabs did to Persian women is well known. Marriage in Hinduism is a spiritual concept. For example, when Krishna found out that his sister loves Arjuna but Kirshna’s elder brother Balaram was hell-bent on marrying their sister to Duryadhana, Krishna helped the couple in love to elope. The fire represents a witness to the marriage of the bride and the groom and without it a wedding would be invalid (Narayanan 93). Love marriages within the same caste and financial background are favored, compared to inter-caste and inter-religious marriages. Although Vesta was actually a goddess of virginity, she was honored by Roman women along with Juno. There are four stages of life in Hinduism: Brahmacharya, Grihastha, Vanparastha and Sanyasa. I worship Shankar in the from of Fire God, the God of good repute and the protector of husband. Homosexuality has an ancient history in India. Juno bathing or Juno attired by Graces, by Andrea Appiani (1754). I would like to concentrate here on the Rakshasa Vivaha and Paisacha Vivaha. I and my husband be free from death as the ripe melon is freed from its knot in the creeper. Centuries ago, civilized societies recognized and acknowledged the most basic instincts of all- i.e. Section 2of the Hindu Marriage Act 1955 states that this act applies to any person who is a Hindu by birth or who has c… However, this type of marriage does not exist in India these days, perhaps it was before the advent of Islam, because the Islamic culture has left a significant impact on Indian culture and it reformed many Hindu religious ideologies and stereotypes, as well as, Islam has enlightened the religious thinking in India. Parvati is an example of a female entity who has a profound effect on the male in her life, for without her, Shiva would not have been complete. 68, 69. However, in later periods, she was associated with fertility, love and passion. I think if the punishment prescribed by Allah (glory be to Him) for adultery was implemented in modern societies accurately, there would be no rape at all that occurs daily in India and other countries of the world. Along with the dissimilar view of the value of marriage, the witnesses involved in a Hindu and Catholic wedding are different. It also joins two families together. Gods … It is generally known that ancient Indian law recognized eight types of marriage; that is as follows: arriage) : giving the girl to a man with dowry. Simple folk strive to be like a God, or like a Goddess. But, if this forcible abduction is prohibited and considered a crime, how is it possible to admit a marriage based on forcible abduction was allowed? Ancient texts like Rig Veda (which dates back around 1500 BC), sculptures and vestiges depict sexual acts between women as revelations of a feminine world where sexuality was based on pleasure and fertility.There are great differences amongst Hindus as to whether homosexuality is acceptable behavior. Couples who dare cross the social conventions have to cope with a lot of social pressure within their families and outside. Parvati was the consort of the Hindu god Shiva, and is known as a goddess of love and devotion. Brahma marriage has the most supreme position of the eight types of … DAGLI ORTI/De Agostini Picture Library/Getty Images. Her eternal flame burned in many Roman villages. In contrast, Catholicism is based on the interpretation of the Word of God in the form of tradition. When she was slighted by the Trojan prince Paris, she decided that to pay him back, she would do everything in her power to see Troy destroyed in the war. Muc… Inter caste marriages are considered to be a social taboo in Hinduism. I just hate the fact that you are trying so hard to project Islam as better religion than Hinduism and absolutely and hillariously failing at it . According to Hindu scriptures, the forcible abduction is prohibited. When the Hindu descends from the adoration of the absolute and takes to the worship of a personal God, his God has always a consort. Frigga is the only one besides Odin who is allowed to sit on his throne, Hlidskjalf, and she is known in some Norse tales as the Queen of Heaven. At her temple in Corinth, revelers often paid tribute to Aphrodite by having rambunctious sex with her priestesses. Say that the groom has not only kidnapped the bride but threatens to harm her dear ones if she doesn’t agree for marriage or he threatens to rape the bride and the bride is forced to marry him to save face. I respect all religions . The abovementioned quote denotes clearly that abducting the girls of the king was regarded as a heroic deed and Bhishma has been regarded as the wisest of the wise. During the classical Roman period, Eros evolved into Cupid, and became portrayed as the chubby cherub that still remains as a popular image today. Hinduism prescribes the four progressive stages of a dharmic life as the four ashramas. There are 16 sacraments in the Shastri Hinduism in which marriage is one of the important sacraments of Hinduism. This kind of marriage was an allowed form of elopement. In addition to her role as virgin-in-chief, however, Vesta is also a guardian of the hearth and domesticity. Patheos blogger Ambaa Choate says of Parvati, G. NIMATALLAH / De Agostini Picture Library / Getty Images. Prior to the actual wedding, … Amba, Ambika and Ambalika were abducted by Bhishma for his half brother’s marriage. This son of Aphrodite was a Greek god of lust and primal sexual desire. Paishacha Vivah was the most horrible form of all types of marriages. In fact, there are many things which make Hinduism unique and one of the most widely accepted religions in the world. If she doesn’t get married to a … Amba got revenge for this bad actions of bhishma through Shikhandi. It is surprising from the ancient Hindu law that allowed such unnatural marriage. Favorable colours are n… He is personified in all kinds of love and lust–heterosexual and homosexual–and was worshipped at the center of a fertility cult that honored both Eros and Aphrodite together. The third largest religion in the world – after Christianity and Islam – Hinduism accounts for roughly 14% of the global population, with approximately 2 million Hindus living in the United States. In ancient Rome, Juno was the goddess who watched over women and marriage. Hindu Philosophy of Marriage. There's a Pre-Party Called the Sangeet a Few Days Before the Wedding. Vesta's status as a virgin represented the purity and honor of Roman women at the time of their marriage, and so it was important to keep her in high regard. Eight forms of marriage Brahma marriage – considered the religiously most appropriate marriage, and the most prevalent among Hindus in modern... Daiva marriage – the father gives away his daughter along with ornaments to a priest as a sacrificial fee. Daiva Marriage. 8. A marriage contracted according to one of the orthodox forms of marriage entails different legal consequences from a marriage contracted in other forms. Same-Sex Marriage in a Hindu Context. Hinduism is not just a religion its a way of life. In fact, marriage is considered complete or valid even without consummation because the marriage is between two souls and it is beyond the body. Patheos blogger Ambaa Choate says of Parvati. Vaishnavites regard him to be eternal and the strongest and supreme God . Dr. Ludwik Sternbach presents many texts from the most important Hindu scriptures on the marriage by abduction in ancient India. This form of marriage was most prevalent among the Hindu Sutras. Even girls were secretly told by her father whom to choose in the sayamvar. Amongst these last four types are consider illicit or of poor ranking, as they are immoral. (5) Thus Islam was a divine blessing even for Hindu women. Last accessed on 22-10-2013. In Hindu belief, deities can ta… The institution of Hindu marriage is one of the noteworthy contributions of ancient Hindu sociologists in the realm of Hindu Social organisation. In Hinduism, the institution of marriage is not peculiar to humans only. Since, marrying another person is formally forbidden (restricted) and strictly against rules of Hindu marriage … In Hinduism, marriage is not followed by traditional rituals for consummation. The temple was later destroyed by the Romans, and not rebuilt, but fertility rites appear to have continued in the area. For example, Islam was the active element in abolishing the tradition of Sati (a custom of burning the widow to death on her husband’s pyre). The marriage is duly arranged and elaborately undertaken. hinduism is not bounded by any kind of practice or believe it helps us to achieve our wisdom by following it. Hinduism is a great religion, so are the other religions of the world. Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. Many Hindu brides honor Parvati on their wedding day. In Hinduism they had SWAYAMVARAS where the king used to give his daughter to those prince who were able and worthy after a intense competition. (1). The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510). Rakshasa Vivah was described by Hindu scriptures as forceful seizure of a maiden from her home. It is a devotional sect, and followers worship many deities, including Rama and Krishna both the 7th & the 8th incarnations of Vishnu respectively. 3. Hindu Marriage refers to kanyadan which means gifting a girl to the boy by the father with all the tradition and rites or custom. Filled with facts and logic. That’s what is going on now in Pakistan. It is a union of two individuals as spouses, and is recognized by liveable continuity. In all known cases, the girl was a co-conspirator and often there was some external help.