Settibalija is a community with origins in India. They are a group of the Balija also known as Chettibalija, Ediga, Settiga, Settikula or Indra. They originally lived in the East and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh, however moved to Tamil Nadu and Kerala. They tend to be employed in poorly paid low-status occupations, such as agricultural labour and the manufacture and trading of bangles. Setti balija gotra are Bharadwaja, Koundisiya, Markandeya, Tullyamahamuni, Dhanunjeya, Kashapa, Dhatteraya, Recherla, Vasista, Mrukanda, and Vruddhamahamuni. They follow the customs same as the people of Andhra Pradesh or Tamil Nadu. The families meet to perform NiĹ›chitÄrtham for the engagement between the bride and groom. Both the Bride and groom take the Mangalsnanam an auspicious bath on the wedding day. The bride and the groom are smeared with turmeric paste Nalugu and oils to cleanse their skin so that they glow on the weddingday. Wedding usually takes place in the night with several rituals that are traditionally been handed down for generations. The Settibalija brides wear red silk sari as this color is considered to be very auspicious. The red color sari is infused with attractive patterns. Apart from red, the bride can also choose a color that is similar to it such as crimson, orange, etc; the main idea being that itshould be bright. The attire is matched with traditional pieces of jewelry in gold and pearls. Pearls are worn as adornment by the bride because of their elegance and natural beauty.