In general, the people of India tend to marry within their community whether that community exists within India or those of Indian decent living in other countries.
While arranged marriages are still common in India, love marriages have gained in popularity.
It was probably not true that the law books invented the eight types.
They might be prevailing practices to which the law books might have given their stamp of approval.
The Hindu law books recognize either six (Apastamba) or eight types of marriages (Manusmriti) by which men could marry and become householders.
All the eight types were prevalent in ancient India since the Vedic times.
Preparing the gods for temple processions in this way has been an important part of worship in south India since the sixth century.
, the act of seeing and being seen by the deity to attain grace, is one of the central aspects of Hindu worship.
The classification was done mainly according to the manner in which the bride was chosen by the groom and the specific rituals and practices that were associated with each type of marriage.
The law books gave specific names to each marriage type and specified which of them were lawful or unlawful and which of them were suitable or unsuitable to the practice of Dharma and continuation of family.
In doing so, they used human conduct as the criteria and considered the extremes to which men could go in their pursuit of marriage and relationships with women.
Indeed, it was a unique feature of Hinduism, which is not found in any other culture or tradition outside India.
The eyes of the deity, cut in a special ceremony, are critically important to the devotee’s ability to make direct visual contact.