Meru darji are a community of tailors, distributed across the states of Karnataka, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh among others. Vivaah or wedding in the Meru Darji Matrimony is considered to be the strongest of social bonds which takes one closer to attain spiritual growth. The marriage is sanctified by the seven vows that the bride and the groom make to each other after having completed the seven rounds around the holy fire. The bride and the groom accept each other as husband and wife in the presence of the five essential elements of life namely Earth, Sky, Fire, Water and Air. The wedding takes place under the mandapam or the wedding pavilion which is decorated with flowers and mango leaves. The bride wears a saree with silver or gold embroidery and accompanies it with a lot of jewellery. While the groom wears a plain dhoti with a shirt. Some of the main rituals are Mangalasutra Dharna, in which the groom ties a gold necklace with gold and black beads around the neck of the bride in three knots, Akshitalu in which the bride and the groom exchange garlands and Satapadi in which the couple takes seven revolutions around the holy fire. Music and food play an important role in a wedding. Music is played in the background in all the ceremonies that take place. The South Indian shehnai as it is called; Nadaswaram is played in the wedding. The food is the main attraction in any wedding and so a lot of pain goes into its making. There are a variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes with a range of curries and delicacies.