|Regions with significant populations|
|Indian states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala|
Sthānika Brāhmins are a Hindu Pancha Dravida Brahmin sub-sect primarily from the coastal Karnataka (Kanara) also known as Parasurama Kshetra. Sthānika Brāhmins follow Smartha tradition and are followers of Advaita philosophy taught by Adi Shankara [full citation needed]
Sthānikas acquired their name owing to their managerial positions. The word Sthānika is a sanskrit word and has meanings such as 'governor of a place', 'tax collector', 'one who holds managerial position', 'people of local place' etc. Custodians of temples in Karnataka were recognised as Sthānika or Sthānapati. Jnanashaksthi Subrahmanya Swamy of Shree Kshethra Pavanje, located 25Km far from Mangalore is their kuladevata. Hence Sthānika Brahmins are also called Subrahmanya Brāhmins. Sthānika Brāhmins are followers of Adi Shankara and follow the Advaitha philosophy and are shishya's of Dakshinamnaya Sringeri Sharada Peetham. His Holiness Jagadguru of Sringeri Sharada Peetham is their Kulaguru.[full citation needed]
Sthānika's are a subsect of Smartha Brahmins.
Gotra and pravara
|Vishwāmitra||Vaishwāmitra — Devarāta — Oudala|
|Vishwāmitra||Vaishwāmitra — Mādhucchandasa- Dhānanjaya|
|Kāshyapa||Kāshyapa — Avatsāra — Naidhruva|
|Vasista||Vāsista — Indrapramada — Bharadwasu|
|Āngirasa||Āngirasa — Āmbarisha — Youvanāshwa|
|Bharadwaja||Angirasa - Bhāraspatya - Bhāradwaja|
|Bhārgava||Bhargava - Chyavana - Apnavaan|
|Atri||Ātreya - Archanānasa - Shyāvashwa|
Deities and festivals
Sthanika Brahmins are pure vegetarians.
- Sri Sharada (Kannada Monthly)
- Sulagna (Kannada Monthly)
- Sthanika (Kannada Monthly)
- Sthanika Sampada (Kannada Monthly)
These publications, carries information about the happenings of the Community,like festivals, meetings, Religious programmes etc.
- Tulunadu, Dr. P. Gururaja Bhat
- Chattopadhyaya, Brajadulal (1990). Aspects of rural settlements and rural society in early medieval India. Centre for Studies in Social Sciences — K.P. Bagchi & Co. p. 104. ISBN 9788170740551. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
- India :: Mauryan government - Britannica Online Encyclopedia
- Ahnika Darpanam — Dr. N.V Upadhyaya