Rajapur Saraswat Brahmins

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Rājāpur Sāraswat Brāhmans
Shri Gaudapadacharya Statue.jpg Adi Guru Shri Gauḍapādāchārya, the grand guru of Shri Adi Shankaracharya and the first historical proponent of Advaita Vedanta, also believed to be the founder of Shri Gaudapadacharya Math, the Guru Peetha of Rajapur Saraswat Brhamins.
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Hinduism

Rājāpur Sāraswat Brāhmins (RSB) (also known as Bhālāvalikar Gauda Saraswat Brahmins) are a Hindu community of India. They belong to the Pancha (five) Gauda Brahmana groups or "Gaudadi Panchakas".

Rājāpur Sāraswat Brahmins are a branch of the Saraswat Brahmins, who were supposed to have resided on the banks of the Saraswati River. They migrated to the Goa region in around 700 BC from the banks of the Saraswati. They got their name from their village of origin, namely Rajapur in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, India, where they had migrated from Goa. The community was known as Gowd Saraswat Brahmins before their migration from Bhalavali/Rajapur. Their migration from Goa was caused by a desire not to by forced into religious conversion by the Portuguese who were present there, and also to escape attacks from Muslim rulers.

They speak a version of the Konkani language that mixes Goan konkani and Marathi. They are disciples of Shri Gaudapadacharya Math, Kavle in Goa.

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Saraswat Name[edit]

Course of Sarasvati river
Map of northern India in the late Vedic period

Saraswat Brahmins lived on the banks of now-extinct Saraswati River that flowed in the northern part of India.[citation needed] They derived their name from either the river or from their spiritual leader, Saraswat Muni.[1] who lived on the banks of the Saraswati. They belonged to Smarta tradition and primarily worshipped Panchayatana (the five deities): Shiva, Vishnu, Devi, Surya and Ganesha.[citation needed] These Brahmins were one of the Pancha Gouda Brahmin groups who lived north of the Vindhyas.[citation needed]

Saraswat Brahmins mastered the Vedas,[2] and administered the priestly rites in the temples.

Gomantak Saraswats[edit]

A popular belief is that Sage Parashurama brought Saraswats of 10 different gotras, to the south of Vindhyas to Gomatak, where he asked Varuna to vacate part of the sea-land, which is also called Parashurama Kshetra or Parashurama Shrishti. Then more Saraswat groups followed them. They follow the Shodasha Samskaras with Shrothra-Smartha Chatur Ashrama Karma. These Saraswats are Rigvedi Asulayana Suthra-Shakal Shakha-Adhyayees (student).[3]

Gotras[edit]

Rajapur/Bhalavalikar Saraswats are of 10 gotras, they are:[4]

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