Is Hinduism patriarchal?, and does it allow widow marriage. Yes Hinduism allow widow marriage, Here are the proofs from Scriptures. These shlokas are mentioned in Rigveda, Atharvaveda, Manu smriti and other Hindu sacred scriptures and after reading this article you will have a solid proof and fact so that you can shut the mouth of all people who claim that widow marriage in Hinduism is not applicable or Hinduism is a patriarchal. Well here are the proofs so enjoy reading.
Meaning This mantra says the woman and new husband are of the same level as her previous husband.
Widow marriage shloka in Atharvaveda proof.
Widow Remarriage Shloka – Rigveda
Rigveda 10,40,2 Sanskrit Transcription कुह स्विद्दोषा कुह वस्तोरश्विना कुहाभिपित्वं करतः कुहोषतुः । को वां शयुत्रा विधवेव देवरं मर्यं न योषा कृणुते सधस्थ आ ।।
Transliteration kuha sviddoṣā kuha vastoraśvinā kuhābhipitvaṃ karataḥ kuhoṣatuḥ ko vāṃ śayutrā vidhaveva devaraṃ maryaṃ na yoṣā kṛṇute sadhastha ā
Meaning It talks about a widow choosing a second man. I have to clarify one thing here, word used in mantra is “Devar” it DOES NOT mean brother of husband here, Nirukta (3/15) clearly says Devar means “Second Husband” in Vedas (in Vedic Sanskrit)
Rigveda 10,85,40-41 Talks about 1st Husband being Soma dev, 2nd being Gandharva, 3rd being Agni dev and 4th being Manushya. So even in devtas Remarriage exist. So Vedas clearly allow Remarriage of widows.
Yes, I already mentioned some rock solid proofs above and you can re check all shlokas that I mentioned above. There is no religious restriction for widow marriage in Hinduism and widows can remarry in Santana Dharma.
Are Hindu widows allowed to remarry?
Yes, Hindu widows allowed to remarry whom they want. There is no debate in this topic. Well if someone has doubt than please read what I mentioned above or Atharva Veda( 9,5,27), (9.5.28), Rigveda (10,40,2), Rigveda 10,85,40-41, Parashara Smriti (4.30), and Manusmriti 9.76 clearly says that widow can remarry in Hinduism.
Here you find some solid proofs that widow re-marriage is allowed in Hinduism from the ancient time and Hinduism was the most advanced civilization of the world. If you love my work so please do read my nainam chindanti shastrani article.