Gauna is a northern Indian custom and the ceremony associated with the consummation of marriage. It is associated with the custom of child marriage.[1] The ceremony takes place several years after marriage.[2][3] Before the ceremony, the bride stays at her natal home.[4] Marriage is considered only as a ritual union and conjugal life begins only after gauna; that is marriage is consummated only after the gauna ceremony.[5]

In popular cultureEdit

A 1950 Hindi movie carried the title Gauna. It was directed by Aamian Chakaravarty, produced by Jagat Pictures, and its music directed by Husanlal Bhagtram.[6] The plot of the Hindi television serials Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo and Balika Vadhu mention the practice.[7][8]


  1. ^ Anil Chawla (7 March 2002). "CHILD MARRIAGES - Need for Better Understanding of Customs". Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  2. ^ Sethi NK, Rao SS, Aggarwal OP, Abhaya Indrayan, Chuttani CS. "Age at Marriage, Gauna (effective marriage) and first child birth in rural women: changing pattern in various marriage cohorts by decades". Retrieved 7 June 2012.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Charan D. Wadhva; B. N. Saxena; Om Prakash Sharma (2003). Population Stabilization Through District Action Plans: Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. APH Publishing. p. 237. ISBN 978-81-7648-514-2.
  4. ^ Murthy, Padmini; Clyde Lanford Smith (25 October 2010). Women's Global Health and Human Rights. Jones & Bartlett Learning. p. 512. ISBN 978-0-7637-5631-4. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  5. ^ Nirula. Women Problems & Their Oprression in U.p. APH Publishing. p. 75. ISBN 978-81-313-0470-9. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Gauna Hindi movie, movie reviews, cast, song lyrics and photos - bollywood". Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Zee TV Official Website: Zee TV Shows, Zee TV Serials Online, Videos". Archived from the original on 16 March 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  8. ^ "Smita Bansal gets nostalgic on Sugna's Gauna". 23 February 2009. Archived from the original on 13 July 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2012.