By Swami Harshananda
Gāndharva literally means ‘pertaining to the Gandharvas’.
In gāndharva vivāha, the boy and the girl decide by themselves to marry and then get the approval of their parents and guardians. The svayaṃvara system among the kṣattriya kings belongs to this type. The type of marriage is seen in the Ṛgveda among other texts.
- Ṛgveda 10.27.12
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore