I am Rajesh Diwakar Sawant, a Hindu by birth, and I live in Mumbai. Today, at age 27, I have got married to my childhood friend, Ritika. She too is a Hindu, like me and we are quite happy being married now. Our lives have always been of similar interest and taste. Well, that’s how people become one. Isn’t it? We got married in the temple, and we have our marriage certificate given to us by the temple priest. But, I’ve heard about this thing that, marriage registrations have been made compulsory. I mean, it has to be registered with the state government. This wasn’t the case some15 years ago. I never bothered to know about all this, either. It seems like, as if, some new rules have been made. Why? I have no idea.
While I was still on honeymoon with my Wife, Ritika, we had a discussion about registering our marriage, and obtaining a marriage certificate. And, my wife had suggested to me that we should abide by whatever the government rules are. Back home after my honeymoon, I discussed the same thing with my father too. I told my father straight forward, I don’t know anything about this new marriage registration rules etc. and I have no time either to go running behind all this. Well, my father too suggested me to get the marriage registered, as per the government rules. It’s compulsory, my boy, he told me. And he gave me a consultancy’s phone number. My father told me to first, get the marriage registered before my leaves come to an end.
I contacted the consultancy on phone, and spoke to an executive. I told the executive that I recently got married and I need to get a Marriage Certificate. Congratulations, for the marriage, said the executive. We shall assist you in getting your marriage registered with the Maharashtra state government and obtain you the Hindu Marriage certificate. A Hindu marriage certificate? What is such a thing, I inquired from the executive. Here is what I got to know….a complete explanation.
India is a multi-religious country. Hence, there are different marriage acts that govern various religion. In India, marriages can be registered in accordance to the Hindu Marriage Act- 1955, or Special Marriage Act-1954. The Hindu marriage act is applicable on Hindu, Buddhist, Sikhs and the Aryasamaj religion. The Special Marriage Act, 1954 applies to people from Muslims, Christians, Parsees or the Jewish religions. The marriageable age for males is, older than 21 years of age, and for females it is, older than 18 years of age.
So, to get a marriage registered under Hindu Marriage Act 1955, both Bride & Groom will have to be from the same religion.
For a marriage to be considered valid, and thereafter to get a marriage certificate, it has to be registered under Maharashtra Regulation Marriage Bureaus and Registration of Marriages 1998.
Any more questions? ….asked the executive. No! This much is enough for me to know the importance of registering a marriage and obtaining a Hindu marriage certificate, I said.
A marriage certificate is useful in both, personal & professional life of an individual. Life is much easier if you have your marriage certificate with you. To read more about the Hindu Marriage Act 1955, click here.
There are specific documents needed for obtaining your marriage certificate.
Completely filled application form signed by both, husband and wife.
Proof of Address – Voter ID/ Ration Card/ Passport, Driving License.
Proof of Date of Birth of both, husband and wife.
2 passport sized photographs, 1 marriage photograph.
We will help you to book an appointment at the marriage registrar office.
After visiting registrar office, you will get the Marriage Registration Certificate in 1 month.
For all your queries, we have the ‘start to end counselling and solution’ for getting your marriage certificate. Contact: 9821794000.