Have you ever attended 'marriage of spirits'? Know why Karnataka family is seeking groom for girl who died 30 years ago

The parents gave an advertisement in the district newspaper in an attempt to find a groom for their daughter who passed away thirty years ago.

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A wired but unique to certain cultural practices, a case has surfaced from Karnataka’s Dakshin Kannada district where a family has given an advertisement in the newspaper seeking a groom for a woman who died almost thirty years ago.

A Puttur family posted this unusual advertisement to arrange their late daughter's marriage. Her single position in the hereafter is seen by the family as maybe the cause of their continuous bad luck. The family suffered a tragedy thirty years ago when their baby girl died. They have faced several unforeseen difficulties since then.

Then after consulting the elders, they thought that their problems might be related to the restless spirit of their late daughter. Then, going out of the way, the family chose to arrange her marriage in a unique attempt to give her soul peace. The parents gave an advertisement in the district newspaper in an attempt to find a groom for their daughter who passed away thirty years ago. 

The ad says, "Seeking a groom who passed away 30 years ago for a bride (sic) who passed away 30 years ago," the advertising says. Kindly give the number a call to set up a Pretha Maduve, or spirit marriage."

However, after their best efforts, they were unable to locate a suitable deceased groom who belonged to the same caste and age.

What is Pratha Maduve?

The concept of "Pretha Maduve" is unique to certain cultural practices in Karnataka. "Pretha" refers to a spirit or ghost, and "Maduve" means marriage. The belief behind this practice is that if a woman dies unmarried or without having a husband, her spirit may remain restless. To appease her spirit and ensure her soul's peace, families sometimes arrange marriages for deceased women, symbolically marrying them to a living man.

Such instances are often steeped in tradition and cultural beliefs, and they can vary greatly in their specifics depending on the community and region.