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Swayamvara , in ancient India, was a practice of choosing a husband, from among a list of suitors, by a girl of marriageable age. Swayam in Sanskrit means self and vara means groom in this context.

In this practice, the girl's father decides to conduct the Swayamvara of the daughter at an auspicious time and venue, and broadcasts the news of this to the outside world. Kings typically used to send messengers to outside lands, whereas commoners arranged to spread the news within the local community.

On the appointed day and venue, the girl chooses from an assembly of suitors, or the suitors by completing a task. When the girl identifies the husband of her choice, she garlands him and a marriage ceremony is held immediately.

Swayamvara (film)

Swayamvara (Kannada: ಸ್ವಯಂವರ) is a 1973 Indian Kannada film, directed by Y. R. Swamy and produced by C R Basavaraju. The film stars Rajkumar, N. Bharathi, Balakrishna and Dinesh in lead roles. The film had musical score by Rajan-Nagendra.