All the Registering Officers of the State are the ex-officio Hindu Marriage Officer under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and Hindu Marriage Registration Rules, 1958 subsequently amended vide Judicial Department Notification no. 215-JL dt. 28.5.2002. The Registering Officers are also the Marriage Officer under the Special Marriage Act , 1954.

The Hindu Marriage Act applies to any person who is a Hindu by religion in any of its forms or developments, including Virashaiba, Lingayat or a follower of the Brahmo Prarthana or Arya Samaj. It also applies to any person who is a Buddhist, Jaina or Sikh by religion .

A marriage may be solemnized between any two Hindus if the following conditions are fulfilled .

a) Neither party has a spouse living at the time of the marriage
b) Neither party is incapable of giving valid consent to it in consequence of unsoundness of mind
c) The bridegroom has completed the age of 21 years and the bride the age of 18 years at the time of marriage
d) The parties are not within the degrees of prohibited relationship unless the custom or usage governing each of them permits of a marriage between the two
e) The parties are not sapindas of each other unless the custom or usage governing each of them permits of a marriage between the two

For the purpose of facilitating the proof of Hindu marriages has made rules providing that the parties to any such marriage may have the particulars relating to their marriage entered in a Hindu Marriage Register kept for the purpose. So a Hindu Marriage which had been solemnized may be registered by a Registrar appointed under the Act. Rule 5 of the Hindu Marriage Registration Rules, 1958 as amended in 2002 states the conditions of the registration of the Hindu marriages.

For further details, the Registering Officers of the concerned area may be consulted regarding the procedure of the registration of the Hindu Marriages solemnized between the two Hindus.

For solemnization of the marriages under the Special Marriage Act, 1954, either the bridegroom or the bride attaining the age of 21 years or 18 years may apply before the Marriage Officer in whose jurisdiction either of them resides. After one month and within three months of submission of such application, both the bridegroom and the bride along with two witnesses shall have to appear before the Marriage Officer. If any objection is not filed by anybody against the solemnization between the said two parties, the Special Marriage Officer will solemnize the marriage between the said bride groom and bride. The Marriage Officer after administering an oath will declare them as husband and wife.

This directorate also processes the appointments and other formalities for Muslim Mariage Registrar and Kazi through the recpective District Registrar

For further details, the Registering Officers of the concerned area may be consulted.

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