Goud Saraswat Brahmin

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Goud Saraswat Brahmin
Regions with significant populations

Primary populations in:

Languages
Konkani, Marathi
Religion

Hinduism

Related ethnic groups

Goud (also spelt as Gaud or Gawd) Saraswat Brahmins are a Hindu Brahmin community in India and a part of the larger Saraswat Brahmin community. They are popularly referred to as GSBs. They are Konkani people and primarily speak Konkani as their mother tongue. They are the first Rigvedic Brahmins.

They claim their origin to the Brahmins who lived on the banks of the now-extinct river Saraswati of Pakistan Punjab or Kashmir. They derived their name from either the river Saraswati or from their spiritual leader, the sage Saraswat Muni(sage) who lived on the banks of Saraswati. These Brahmins were one of the Pancha Gawda Brahmin groups who lived north of the Vindhyas. They belonged to Smarta tradition and primarily worshiped the five deities: Shiva, Vishnu, Devi, Surya and Ganesha. Throughout the course of history, the Saraswat Brahmins have migrated to a variety of locations and are found mostly in Western coast of India.

Lord Parshurama with Saraswati Brahmin settlers commanding Lord Varuna to make the seas recede to make the Konkan Region.

Mutts[edit]

Lord Shri Krishna (Kota Kashi Math)

Rituals[edit]

During the eighth month of pregnancy, a woman moves to her mother's house, especially during the birth of her first child. The expecting mother also performs Ganapathi Pooja for a successful delivery and a healthy child. On the 6th day, a pen and lamp are kept near the child's head, symbolic of a wish for an intelligent child. On the 12th day, the naming and cradling ceremony is performed wherein the paternal grandmother whispers the child's name into his/her ear and a horoscope is cast.[citation needed] When the child turns three months old, they are taken to the temple, and thereafter the child goes to the father's abode.[1]

Festivals[edit]

GSB's celebrate almost all festivals in Hinduism, and follow the Hindu lunar calendar (Panchang in Konkani) that gives the days on which the fasts and festivals should be observed.[2]

Cuisine[edit]

Main article: Saraswat cuisine

Notables[edit]

See also[edit]

Goud Saraswat Brahmin[edit]

Other Saraswat Brahmin Community[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Welcome to GSB Konkani". Gsbkonkani.net. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Fasts and Festivals". Gsbkonkani.net. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Suryanath U Kamath (1992). The origin and spread of Gauda Saraswats. 
  • Venkataraya Narayan Kudva (1972). History of the Dakshinatya Saraswats. Samyukta Gauda Saraswata Sabha. 
  • Ramachandra Shyama Nayak. Saraswath Sudha. 

External links[edit]

GSB websites[edit]

  1. www.gsb.in
  2. www.gsbkonkani.net
  3. www.gsblagna.com

GSB Community[edit]

  1. GSB – Kerala
  2. GSB – Coimbatore
  3. GSB – Mumbai
  4. GSB – UK
  5. GSB – UAE

GSB Organizations[edit]

  1. GSB Seva Mandal – Mumbai
  2. GSB Sarvajanic Ganesholsava Samiti – Mumbai
  3. GSB Samaj Seva Sangh – Vasai, Thane (Dist.)