Nair is an ethnic group in Kerala which has a number of sub-castes within it. Having a celebrated history, Nairs before the British conquest were warriors in the many feudal kingdoms in the Southern India. While Nairs had different marriage customs in the past, with the betrothal happening just after the girl's attaining puberty, these customs are long forgotten with their being along the lines to child marriage. The present day Nair wedding starts with the bride's and groom's praying at their respective Kula Devi temples in the morning of the wedding day. The Nair grooms are dressed in a plain white dhoti and a kurta while the bride wears a saree and is adorned with ornaments. Before heading off to the place where the wedding ceremony is to happen, both the groom and the bride give Dakshina, i.e. offerings to the elders in their respective families in order to get blessings from them for a blissful marriage. At the wedding place, the groom's family is greeted by the bride's family with garlands and rose water is sprinkled on them. The brother in law of thegroom then washes the feet of the groom, hands him a bouquet, hugs him and takes him to the kathirmanandapam, along with the groom's relatives. On entering the kathirmandapam, the groom is ornamented by Nilavilakku and Niagara, offered to him by his father. Post a small prayer, the groom sits on the peedham with his right leg forward. Then the bride enters the kathirmandapam, accompanied by her father and sits next to the groom. The groom then ties Thali, which is given to him by his father after praying for their auspicious marriage, and then both the bride and the groom exchange garlands and rings. The groom is then given manthakodi by his family, which he then offers to the bride. The mother of the groom then puts vermillion on bride's forehead, after which the bride and the groom walk around the kathirmandapam three times, with which they declare themselves married. The bride then bids farewell to her family and leaves for her husband's house for Gruhapravesham. The next day a reception is called wherein the guests give their blessings to the newly-weds.