|A Tamil Hindu girl (center) |
in 1870 wearing a half-saree,
flowers and jewelry from her
Ritu Kala Sanskara rite of passage.
For girls, the ritushuddi ceremony is performed when she attains maturity - after menarche or first menstruation. This milestone in a girl's life is observed by her family and friends, with gifts and her wearing a sari for the ritual.
Subsequent to the Muslim invasion when Hindu religion suffered and early marriage became common, Keshānta began to be considered as marking the end of the Brahmacharya.