Hindu and christian dating
Some communities, like the Brahmans in Mithila, use genealogical records ("Panjikas") maintained by the specialists.
Jatakam or Kundali is drawn based on the placement of the stars and planets at the time of birth.
If the astrological chart of the two individuals (male and female) achieve the required threshold in points then further talks are considered for prospective marriage.
Also the man and woman are given a chance to talk and understand each other.
Elopement has also been described in old Hindu literature.
The maximum points for any match can be 36 and the minimum points for matching is 18.