Sthanika Brahmins

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Sthanika Brahmin
Jnanashakthi Subrahmanya.jpg
Kuladevata - Shri Jnanashakthi Subrahmanya
Regions with significant populations
Indian states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala
Languages
Tulu
Religion

Hinduism

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 [1][full citation needed]

History[edit]

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.[2] 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.[1][full citation needed][3]

Caste[edit]

Sthānika's are a subsect of Smartha Brahmins.

Gotra and pravara[edit]

The following gotras and pravaras are found in the community.[4][dubious ]

Gotra 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
Followers of Adi Shankara

Deities and festivals[edit]

Sthānika's perform Panchayatana puja introduced by Adi Shankara and celebrate all the festivals of South Canara.[citation needed]

Food[edit]

Sthanika Brahmins are pure vegetarians.[citation needed]


Publications[edit]

These publications, carries information about the happenings of the Community,like festivals, meetings, Religious programmes etc.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tulunadu, Dr. P. Gururaja Bhat
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ India :: Mauryan government - Britannica Online Encyclopedia
  4. ^ Ahnika Darpanam — Dr. N.V Upadhyaya

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