Pavitra Rishta is the love story of a couple, Manav Deshmukh (Sushant Singh Rajput), who is a garage mechanic and earns money for his lower-middle-class family and Archana Karanjkar (Ankita Lokhande), the partially educated, eldest daughter in her family of five and focuses on their difficulties in getting married and living in Mumbai. Manav falls in love with Archana which culminates into his marriage with her, but the marriage is broken off when Sulochana discovers that he lied about his credentials in order to marry Archana, as a result of this, they start living separately, and are heading for a divorce shortly, meanwhile the Deshmukh family receives a shock from their son Sachin's death and Manav is forced to marry his pregnant fiancée Shravani (Pooja Pihal), a year passes by, Archana has completed her training and as a co-incidence returns as Manav's boss in his new office, this time she is paired with her colleague Jaywant, Both Archana and Manav, supposed to be married off to different partners at this time are still longing for each other's love and thus, elope. Manav and Archana are rebuked for this and left on the road to fend for themselves. After struggling with poverty and the grief of Archana's miscarriage, Manav's fate smiles at him and he becomes a rich successful businessman, but Savita Tai's new found jealousy towards Archana makes her a barrier between him and Archana, she hatches a plot and separates them, she asks Sachin to make Archana sign the divorce papers. Manav (Hiten Tejwani) thinks that Archana has left him, and so he leaves for Canada with his family and twin daughters Ovi and Tejaswini and Archana lives in India with her mother and adopted daughter Purvi.