The Mala community belongs to the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. They follow different religions including Hinduism, Christianity, and Buddhism. In ancient times, the male members of the community were engaged in varied professions such as wrestling, night guard, and labour. The wedding rituals and customs of the Mala community depend on the religion practiced among the individuals. Hindu Mala brides wear traditional silk saree with elaborate golden borders. Some of the modern brides also wear wedding gowns. The language spoken widely among Mala brides is Telugu irrespective of the religion followed. The brides are supposed to wear Poola Jada, a long hair plait decorated with flowers. This is the most important traditions followed by brides of Mala community. Talambralu is also an important Mala wedding custom. This tradition involves the bride and the groom showering one another with Talambralu (a mixture of rice saffron and turmeric). The affluent clan from the community use pearls instead of rice to represent their wealth and status. The custom followed during Mala wedding denotes the couple's desire for happiness, pleasure, and eternal contentment. Initially the bride and groom take turns to shower rice. Later on, the scene becomes more entertaining once the couple start competing with each other. A modern Mala bride is confident, well aware of her rights, and holds traditional values passed on to her from traditions. A lot of options are available for brides these days in terms of dresses, jewellery, and beauty services. These are easily available online.