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KANYADANAM by the maternal uncle of bride or father or elder
brother of the bride, the priest ties five cotton strings of thread
applied wetted turmeric powder to the hands of the bridal couple.
This ritual is believed to protect the couple from evil eyes. There
after when the bridegroom tied the PUSTE (MANGALASUTRAM)
to the back of the neck of bride, the relatives and invitees shower
sacred AKSHANTALU on the bridal couple as a mark of bless-
ings and good wishes. The bridal couple will pour AKSHANTALU
on each others heads, which is known as TALAMBRALLL They
are declared as married couple. The feast is arranged to relatives
and invitees. The marriage takes place at bride's house in one day
The nuptial ceremony is celebrated on the third day within
one week of the marriage in the bride's house. Usually a PUSTE,
Black beads, toerings are the marriage symbols for woman.
Kanyasulkam (OLI) is in vogue in this caste.
Predelivery rituals are observed. Restrictions are enforced
on woman during pre and post natal periods. In the fifth month to
nineth month of pregnancy, pregnant woman wear green ban-
gles 11 to 15 in number and green clothes along with sweets and
flowers sent by her parents which were distributed to the relatives
and invitees.
Beda Jangams follow Hindu religion. A separate room in the
north east corner (ESANYAM) of his house is kept separate for
the purpose of worship.They celebrate all Hindu festivals ie. Ugadi,
Sriramanavami, Vinayakachavithi, Dasara, Deepavali,
Nagulachavithi, Sankranthi, Sivaratri. etc. But among all festivals