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Nagara Kovils (Nine Temples)
The Nagarathars are classified on the basis of 9 temples called "Nagara Kovils" (Temples of Lord Shiva). They are further classified into sub divisions called pirivu. Each member of the temple is called Pulli.
A marriage between two Nagarathar families can be solemnized only after getting wedding garlands (Kovil Maalai ) from the respective kovil to which the bride, as well as groom belongs. After the wedding, the couple becomes a full pulli in groom's temple and recognized as a bonafide member of Nagarathar Community.
Thus the pulli systsem is a kovil based registration of all nagarathar's marriage. Either widow or widower is considered as half pulli (Arai pulli). This is unique for Nagarathar community only. The pulli system is helpful in calculating the exact population of the nagarathar community.