You can buy a Husband at India’s 700-Year-Old Groom Market
Finding your groom in a market may sound like a romantic movie script. Well, how does buying your groom from a market sound? Bizarre, isn’t it?
One market in India’s Bihar city is dedicated to selling grooms to prospective brides. It is organised for a period of 9 days under Pipal trees in the local market area. Believe it or not! The tradition has been around for 700 years.
In the Madhubani district of the Indian state of Bihar, thousands of marriage-seeking males stand under the Pipal trees, where the girl or her family come and choose them according to their budget.
The aspiring groom stands there on public display, with a modest dowry tag of up to INR50,000.
Apart from this, the girl and her family verify the degree, birth certificate and other documents of the desired boy.
According to reports, this 9-day long market was started by Raja Hari Singh during the reign of Karnat dynasty around 700 years ago to make it easier for women to choose the groom of their choice.
The groom’s price is paid according to his ability and family background.
In this market, the girl’s family often looks for doctors, engineers and other professionals so that they do not take too much dowry.