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Top 5 Matrimonial Websites in India
Earlier, marriages in India used to be arranged by relatives or ‘marriage brokers’, as they were colloquially called. But with the advent of internet, the trend has changed and online matrimonial websites have become extremely popular with Indians residing at home and abroad. Marriages arranged through online portals are often considered a cross between arranged and love marriages, with the couple and their families getting enough chances to meet each other and decide their future before tying the knot. What’s more, you can even find a partner who shares your same tastes and hobbies through these websites! Here is a look at the top 5 matrimonial websites in India!
In 1996, when Anupam Mittal started Shaadi.com, the concept of online matrimonial sites was new to Indians. Today, shaadi.com is credited with touching 20 million lives and is the most popular matrimonial site in the world and one of the largest as well. In addition to separate matrimonial sites for different religions, countries and communities, shaadi.com users have access to a unique ‘wedding directory’ which lists florists, astrologers, hotels, boutiques and much more in your region making your wedding planning easy and enjoyable.
BharatMatrimony.com is reputed to be the only matrimonial site in the world where all the user profiles are mobile verified. It has 15 regional portals and has been featured in the Limca Book of Records for having the most number of documented marriages online. What makes it unique? An exclusive return gift website, a gifting portal, a counseling helpline for couples, matrimonial outlets in all major Indian cities and most importantly, the world’s first matrimonial channel on the internet!
In addition to searches for potential matches according to language, caste, religion and profession, jeevansathi.com caters to special categories such as cancer survivors and the disabled. It also offers additional paid offline services such as JS Exclusive, where a relationship manager can help you find the right match and eSathi, which will help you, use the website optimally. Jeevansathi.com has 14 offline outlets in major cities of India.
SimplyMarry.com is the one of the most technologically advanced matrimonial websites in India and is promoted by the Times of India group. They conceived of a unique program called the ‘Swayamvars’ a few years back where prospective brides and grooms are invited along with their families for face-time with each other. They also encourage their members to add their Facebook and LinkedIn data to their profiles on the website to add credibility. However, there are no free memberships and you have to choose from paid packages such as gold, platinum, diamond and titanium.
Vivahabandhan.com is relatively new to the market (launched in 2009) but has quickly gained a strong foothold in this niche. It is one of the most popular matrimonial websites in India to find one’s ideal life partner and boasts of more than 5 lakhs members. They offer free registration and searches according to caste, community, city and profession. It has its headquarters in Bangalore and four offline centers each in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.