Reckoned primarily as warrior/trading community, balija’s has a history of being tax collectors and merchants. hailing from andhra/rayalseema region, tamil nadu and karnataka, they are traditional and renowned for staying true to their roots. during balija matrimony, ancient rituals like pendlikoothuru, snathakam, kashi yatra, mangala snaanam, aarti, gauri pooja, ganesh pooja, kanyadaan, madhuparkam, mangalsutra, kanya daan akshata and saptapadi: seven steps (saptapadi) are performed. the wedding is attended by relatives/friends and is a joys affair. the bride and the groom dress up in white and gold colored clothes made using premium silk. throughout the wedding, deities are worshiped and asked to bless the union.
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