Banik or Gandhabaniks are a Bengali Hindu trading caste, who trade in perfumes, incense and exotic spices. Banik are also recognized as Baishya in East & West Bengal. The roots of the Baniks are traceable from the nine gotras namely Alimyan, Bharadwaj, Krishnatreya Kashyap, Moudgalya, Nrisingha, Ram rishi, Sandilya and Sabarna. The Banik society is divided into four groups namely Desh, Sangha, Abat and Santrish. The Gandhabaniks have settled along the urban centers in Bengal, mostly the banks of Hooghly. Banik matrimony traditionally is a Bengali wedding that includes many rituals and ceremonies that span for several days. It begins with the Kabin ceremony which is the official registration of the wedding and presenting Denmohor or Mahr. It ends with the Bou Bhat ceremony, a wedding reception by the groom's family, usually a day after the marriage. The Ghotoks (matchmakers) arrange the wedding, who may be friends, relatives of the couple, or sometimes professionals. The matchmakers assist the families in the introduction, and are given gifts known as Ghotokbidae as a goodbye once the alliance is successful & both families agree to the marriage. Banik families by and large seek matches from the same caste, religion & status in the society. Once these factors have been matched, only then it is called a palti-ghor which means an ideal match, in case of arranged marriages. The bride's family gifts the groom with the wedding attire - a 'jore' (silk shawl), 'dhoti' and 'topor', a head-dress made of pith and zari.