Madiga is derived from the words "maha and adiga" that means great people of ancient India when the Indus valley civilization existed. Maadiga is a scheduled caste found primarily in the south Indian statesof Andhra, Karnataka, and Maharashtra. Madiga are also referred to by other names like Maatangi, Makkalu, Madigowd and Madigaru. They have a very ancient presence. Today Madiga 's are mainly poor leather workers and agricultural labourers. The Madiga community is called as the Mang in Maharashtra state; the Chakkaliya in Tamil Nadu state and possibly the Matang in north Indian state.They probably had the elephant for their symbol.They have a very old tradition of dedicating a couple of girls to a deity; madiga brides are then called yogin or basavi. The marriages in this caste are simple as people are not affluent. The rituals are same as that prevails in Hindu caste. The brides wear saree or lehnga and ceremonies like haldi, baarat and exchanging of garlands take place. The grooms come with baraat dancing for hours to the bride's house. After that they exchange garlands and other rituals like phere, putting sindoor to the bride's forehead take place as followed in Hinduism. The priest reads out the mantras and after everything is done, the groom takes the bride to his house. As the caste is not affluent and they don't have enough money to spend, several Madiga brides are seated up together with their grooms and the marriage takes at one place cutting down the extra costs.