Mattur

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Mattur
ಮತ್ತೂರು
Mathur, Matthur, Mathoor
village
The Tunga River at Mattur
The Tunga River at Mattur
Mattur is located in Karnataka
Mattur
Mattur
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 13°52′26″N 75°33′32″E / 13.87389°N 75.55889°E / 13.87389; 75.55889Coordinates: 13°52′26″N 75°33′32″E / 13.87389°N 75.55889°E / 13.87389; 75.55889
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Shivamogga district
Languages
 • Official Sanskrit, Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Nearest city Shivamogga
Sunset in Mattur

Mattur (or Mathur) is a village near the city of Shivamogga in Karnataka, India, known for the usage of Sanskrit for day-to-day communication.[1][2]

Mattur has a Rama Mandira, a Shivalaya, Someshwara temple and Lakshmikeshava temple.

Mattur's twin village, Hosahalli, shares almost all the qualities of Mattur. Hosahalli is situated across the bank of River Tunga. These two villages are almost always referred to together.[3]

Mattur and Hosahalli are known for their efforts to support Gamaka art, which is a unique form of singing and storytelling in Karnataka. These are two of the very rare villages in India where Sanskrit is spoken as a regional language[citation needed] . Here more than 90%[citation needed] of the population of this village knows Sanskrit.

Muttur is a failed experiment. Sanskrit is confined only to Brahmins, who comprises 80% of village population. It is not spoken as a daily language.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Omkar Nath Koul, L. Devaki, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Unesco (2000). Linguistic heritage of India and Asia. Central Institute of Indian Languages. p. 247. 
  2. ^ Arvind Sharma (2005). New focus on Hindu studies. D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd.,. p. 65. 
  3. ^ Rao, Subha J (Mar 2, 2008). "Keeping Sanskrit alive". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/sanskrit-boulevard/article1-339234.aspx

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