The Veluthedathu Nairs are shudras sub-caste of Nairsin Kerala, India. They are a backward caste of the Nairs and are the only matrilineal community in the country. They follow the marumakkathayam (matrilineal) system where the rights of the maternal niece and nephews, and all other rights of the joint family are with the female members. Marriages are usually conducted in the temples; every moment is auspicious and directly blessed by Lord Vishnu, the Protector. The Veluthedathu brides traditionally marry twice one of which is known as the mock marriage also called as thalikettukalyanam. A thaali which is a gold necklace tied around the bride's neck; is tied before the onset of puberty. In this ceremony, the bride is married to a man from the same community whose horoscopes matched. Once she attains puberty she may marry the groom or another. She is dressed traditionally and led to the wedding altar, a canopy, by the father or maternal uncle. The bride sits on the left side of the groom. The groom ties the mangalsuthra, which is strung by threads extracted from the veli-pudava, a dress presented by the groom & family to the bride for the wedding ceremony. The bride and groom put a var-mala or garland around each other's neck. This ceremony is followed by an 18 course feast called a sadya, which is served on a plantain leaf. The mangalsuthra is transferred to a gold neck-chain after three days, when the bride returns to her husband's maternal.