Billava also known as Biruvwas, Baida and Poojary is one of the largest castes in some parts of Karnataka. There are also some inhabitants in coastal regions of Kerala. The word Bila means defeating and so the community indicated strong people who easily defeat others. Their traditions mainly consist of the martial-arts and archers. They are Dravidians who are the warriors and used to rule India in ancient times. You can recognize a Billava by the various surnames like Baishya, Banan, Amin, Palan, Sanil, Talwar, Baidya Gujran and a lot more. I got an opportunity recently to attend the marriage ceremony of Billavas. I went to Karnataka few days back and I found a friend in my neighborhood. She invited me at the marriage ceremony. Being a North Indian, my experience was a lot different attending a South Indian marriage. Their rituals and customs were very different from us. Billava brides have to undergo purification before their marriage which they do by bathing from the water collected from nearby pool and well. We all got ready on the wedding day and I loved to see the rituals and rites performed. The couple was made to sit on the two planks. A barber arranged flowers, rice, leaves and some other items, a vessel full of water was also there and all those were then used for some rites. Ten the ritual of Kai Dhare was held in which couples hands were joined together. I enjoyed the ceremony a lot and ad dinner which was very simple yet tasty.