Another variant was the Gandharva marriage, which involved simple mutual consent between a man and a woman based on mutual attraction and no rituals or witnesses.
by Jayaram VThis article presents a historical analysis of premarital sex, caste distinctions, and sexual mores of ancient Hindu communities in the context of changing traditional values among the youth and the new social challenges that may impact Hindu society. Hence it may be revised further if research brings out new information.
Greater India was the historical extent of Indian culture beyond the Indian subcontinent.
Religion plays a central and definitive role in the life of many of its people.
Despite the fact that romantic love is "wholly celebrated" in both Indian mass media (such as Bollywood) and folklore, and the arranged marriage tradition lacks any official legal recognition or support, the institution has proved to be "surprisingly robust" in adapting to changed social circumstances and has defied predictions of decline as India modernized.
Still it is a puritanical faith, because it puts heavy emphasis upon virtuous living and the importance of purity and austerity.
Arranged marriages have always been a debatable subject.