Devandra kula vellalar is a caste from Tamil Nadu or Sri Lanka. They are basically agriculturalists and are often referred to as Pallars (Mallars), Kaladi or Kudumban. Their marriage traditions and rituals are similar to Tamil Hindu marriages. The betrothal / engagement or Nitchayadhaartham is conducted on an auspicious day at the bride's house before the family and relatives. The head of the bridegroom family and the bride's family sit opposite each other with a plate containing auspicious items like coconut, fruits, betel and areca nut. The groom's family seeks consent for the marriage alliance; consent is reciprocated with the exchange of plates and gifts. The date, time and the venue for the marriage are fixed. On the day of the marriage, after bathing, 'Kanganam Kettuthal' is conducted by tying wrist-thread or kanganam to the bridegroom's wrist. The wedding ceremony is held under the marriage canopy fashioned by coconut leaves knit together. The Devandra kula vellalar brides wear the bridal attire similar to the Tamilian bride. The bride sits on the groom's right. The 'thalikettu' or tying the wedding knot is conducted where the thali is taken around in a plate to seek blessings. The groom ties the thali around the bride's neck with help from sisters. Three knots are made and the conch shells are blown and nadaswaram is played in a high pitch. After the thali is tied the bride sits at the groom's left, facing east. Coconuts are broken and prayers are offered to the gods. Sumptuous wedding feast is served to guests on a banana leaf.