Eight different ways of marriage according to hindu dharma.
Eight different styles of marriage or vivaha described in hindu puranas.
The bride, beautifully dressed and adorned with jewellery is given to the groom by her father .
During a yagam(religious ceremony), the girl is given as a gift to the priest.
The father of the bride gives her to the groom in return for the cows and bulls he receives from the groom.
The father of the bride gives her to the groom so that she may have better future and hoping that both of them they will lead a life according to the dharmas.
The bride and her family is given a money and gifts before marriage by the groom.
The bride and groom get married without informing their families and without performing any rituals because they have fallen in love with each other.
The groom takes the bride after fighting with the bride’s family members.
The groom abducts the bride and forcefully marries her without her consent.
The first four styles were followed by Bhramins in olden days. Raksam was done by Khatriyas and Asuram was for Shudras and Vysas. Piashacham had to be avoided by everyone.