How To Register An Arya Samaj Marriage After 31 Years?

We married in India in Mumbai at Arya samaj. We want to register it when we married in 1979. What is the procedure? Can we register online? We are in the UK.

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Documents required for solemnisation of Arya Samaj Marriage

  1. 4 copies of coloured photograph of both the bride and the groom
  2. Date of birth proof and address proof of both marrying parties.
  3. Bride and groom should be of competent age. 18 for bride and 21 for groom.
  4. Standing of two witnesses to witness the holy ceremony.
  5. In case where a marrying party is divorced, then, certified copy of divorce certificate issued by the court.
  6. In case where a marrying party is a widow, the death certificate of the dead spouse.
  7. Where a marrying party is a foreign citizen or holding a foreign passport or is having foreign residential address-
    1. Certificate of present marital status of the party/No Impediment Certificate/ NOC from concerned Embassy and Valid VISA

Registration of Arya Samaj Marriage

If you got married under the Arya Samaj Mandir then get this marriage registered under section 8 of the Act by the Marriage officer/Registrar of the district/state, where this marriage took place.

• After 2006, orders of Supreme Court are strict on the issue of registration of marriages in personal laws. An Arya Samaj marriage can be registered either under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 or under the Special Marriage Act, 1954. The Hindu Marriage Act is applicable in cases where both husband and wife are Hindus, Buddhists, Jains or Sikhs or where they have converted into any of these religions. Where either of the husband or wife or both are not Hindus, Buddhists, Jains or Sikhs, the marriage is registered under the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

• Hindu Marriage Act places a responsibility upon the states to make laws regarding registration of the marriage but also places an emphasis that where a marriage is not registered, its non-registration will not invalidate the marriage. It is often advised to get the marriage registered as per the Supreme court orders and, it is the correct way to avoid disputes in future regarding the breakdown of the marriage. 

Answered on 17 Feb 2020


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