"Swayamvaram" is a traditional Indian concept rooted in Hindu culture, particularly prevalent in ancient times. It refers to a practice where a bride chooses her groom from a gathering of suitors. The term "Swayamvaram" translates to "self-choice" or "self-selection."


In ancient India, swayamvarams were often grand events organized by kings or noble families to find suitable matches for their daughters. The prospective grooms, who were usually princes or men of high social standing, would assemble, and the bride would make her choice among them through various rituals or challenges.


One of the most famous instances of swayamvaram in Hindu mythology is the swayamvaram of Sita, the wife of Lord Rama, in the epic Ramayana. In this story, Sita chose Rama as her husband by placing a garland around his neck during the swayamvaram ceremony.


While the traditional practice of swayamvaram is not as common today, its significance remains in Indian culture as a symbol of choice, agency, and the idea that love and marriage should be based on mutual consent and affection