Sacred Threads: Understanding The Intersection Of Monogamy, Spiritual Unity, And Gender Equality In Hindu Marriages
Ashmeet Kaur, IILM University
"Marriage is a union of two souls, in partnership with God. They become one light in two bodies; you are truly wise if you know this." (Guru Granth Sahib, Ang 788).
This verse emphasises marriage's spiritual value and the idea that it links two souls with divine blessing. It inspires people to acknowledge the deep unity that occurs in a married partnership.
This study explores the complex connections between monogamy, gender equality, and marriage in the context of Hindu weddings. It looks at how Hindu marriages have changed throughout time, the laws enforcing monogamy, and how common polygamy is in Hindu culture. The study also explores the sanctity of marriage in Hinduism and the spiritual significance it has.
Although Hinduism has always upheld the sacredness and purity of marriage, the study finds that bigamy and polygamy do occur, especially among some communities. Hindus are required to practise monogamy by the laws, which were created by the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955.
Nonetheless, society conventions and cultural customs still have an impact on married relationships.
Additionally, the study looks at how gender equality and monogamy intersect, highlighting the need of fair and courteous relationships in monogamous partnerships. It draws attention to how gender norms and expectations can affect marriages and how Hindu couples constantly work towards achieving gender equality.