Sompura Brahmin

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The Sompura Brahmin are a Hindu caste found in the state of Gujarat and Rajasthan in India. They are a sub-group of the Brahmin community.[1]

History and origin[edit]

According to their traditions, they are so-called because they are said to get their name because they were created by the god Chandra to perform sacred ceremonies for the god Shiva. These sacred ceremonies are known as som yajna. They are concentrated in the town of Prabas Patan. The community are one of the oldest Brahmin community in Gujarat and speak Gujarati.[2]

Present circumstances[edit]

Like other Brahmin communities, they consist of gotras which are exogamous. Sompura's have 18 different gotras. 11 of them spread all over Gujarat and Rajastan. Most stay near Prabhas/Somnath and their main profession was and remains yajman vrutti (priestly services) in the temples, particularly in and around Somnath. Only sompura Brahman has authority to be a priest to Somnath Temple. Community is moving very high in society in both business and education. The community is strict vegetarian, and avoid garlic and lentils.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Three edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan and M Azeez Mohideen pages 1309–1312
  2. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Three edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 1309-1312
  3. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Three edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 1309-1312