Book Description

This book, perhaps the first of the kind in English language, endevours to depict the Indian Ideal of Marriage as found in the original Shastras. The author has entered into historical considerations and the rare Sanskrit literature to show how the Modern Hindu Marriage has come to be a sad travesty of the Grand Old Ideal. "The progress and prosperity of every country," says Mrs. Besant rightly, "depend upon the Ideal of Marriage which dominates the thoughts of the people, and to the extent to which that Ideal is carried out in conduct." The book captures the grandeur of the ideal Hindu Marriage through entering into the spirit and the thought of the Mantras and other Sanskrit passages, which though spoken in the marriage rituals but are hardly, if ever, understood. This book is a must read for not only those getting married, but equally for those associated in any manner with the wedding rituals.