The Dhangar are a herding caste of people who are primarily located in the Indian state of Mahrashtra. Their original home is said to be Gokul, Vrindavan which is near Mathura. They are considered to be the oldest community in the world and also one of the oldest communities in the world. The literal translation of 'Dhangar' means "Wealthy". There are various synonyms from which they are been referred like Dhangad and Dhanpal. Dhang also means hills or mountains. Dhangar follow arrange marriages in groups. Dhangar marriage can be performed among niece and nephew. Dhangar grooms must be at least 22 years and a bride must be at least 18 years. Mangalsutra and green bangles symbolizes that a Dhangar girl is married. Persons have same surname cannot marry each other as the members have same surname have same 'kul', but they can marry in same Devak. The priest who carries out Dhangars marriage ceremony is not is 'brahmin' but a 'Sikadi' (who is a priest of their own caste). It is he who decides the day of marriage. A day before the marriage, grinded powder of turmeric is applied on bride's body. All the villagers and family members are invited for this ritual. The bride and Dhangar grooms are been applied with this haldi paste and after the end of haldi ceremony, both take bath. On the wedding day the bride wears saree while grooms wear dhotar and a special hat for grooms for marriage. Groom holds coconut and knife while he enters the hall and the bride is brought and marriage ceremony takes place by holding a cloth between the bride and the groom the marriage ceremony is performed.