Uppara is a minority caste of Southern India, the word 'Uppu' meaning 'Salt' suggestive of their traditional occupation. Members of Uppara (Sagara) are descendants of the Emperor Sagara, calling themselves of 'Sagara kula'. This caste is divided into two subdivisions - Telegu and Karnataka. The Uppaliyans, Upparas and Sagara do not intermarry even though they interdine. The Uppara man customarily claims his paternal aunt's daughter in matrimony. Their matrimonial ceremonies are influenced by the region and may vary as per the locality. The 'tali' a marriage badge is usually tied to the bride's neck by a woman 'Sirkari' while in other castes by the bridegroom's sister. In some sections, it is tied by the bridegroom himself. The 'dhare' is a marriage ritual wherein the father of the bride pours water from a vessel over the united hands of the bridegroom's parents or a contracting couple. While in others, the bride and bridegroom, in a knot, are made to sit inside a wall made by piling up pots of water, and some women pour water from the pots over their heads. In another ritual, the bridegroom's head is shaved, and after bathing he is worn a double brass wire, an equivalent of the sacred thread of the Brahmans, for five days. Among the Telugu Upparas there are two sub-divisions, on the basis of the price of the Uppara brides - Yedu Madala (seven) and Padaharu Madala (sixteen) where a 'mada' being equal to two rupees, while it may refer to 'modas' or heaps of earth used in former times. The remarriage of widows is permitted, a widow may only marry a widower, or vice versa.