Marriage is Decided in Heaven

ASK BVKS | September 18, 2011 |

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While discussing with my wife, she asked–like we say, the karmas of the past decide the next birth and we say, marriage is decided in heaven–pair is made in heaven, how and what are the criteria, who would become husband and who the wife?

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