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Once there is an agreement then an auspicious time is chosen for the wedding to take place.
In recent years, with the onset of dating culture in India, arranged marriages have seen a marginal decrease, with prospective brides and grooms preferring to choose a spouse on their own and not necessarily only the one whom their parents find agreeable; this has been more pronounced in urban and suburban areas than rural regions.
The maximum points for any match can be 36 and the minimum points for matching is 18.
Any match with points under 18 is not considered as an auspicious match for a harmonious relationship.
In southern India, a married woman may wear a necklace with a distinctive pendant called a thali and silver toe-rings.
Both are put on her by the husband during the wedding ceremony.
Some communities, like the Brahmans in Mithila, use genealogical records ("Panjikas") maintained by the specialists.
Jatakam or Kundali is drawn based on the placement of the stars and planets at the time of birth.
In fact, marriage is not considered complete or valid until consummation. Favorable colours are normally red and gold for this occasion.If the astrological chart of the two individuals (male and female) achieve the required threshold in points then further talks are considered for prospective marriage.Also the man and woman are given a chance to talk and understand each other.The pendant on the thali is custom-made and its design is different from family to family.Apart from this, the married woman also wears a red vermilion (sindhoor) dot on her forehead called kumkum and (whenever possible) flowers in her hair and bangles.
In medieval times a married woman used to be encouraged to give up all of these when her husband died.