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Telugu Brahmin are members of the Brahmin community who speak Telugu. They mainly hail from the Indian States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, although several have migrated to the rest of India as well as to countries around the world.A large number of Telugu brahmins have also settled in parts of Karnataka especially Bangalore
Most of the Brahmins in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh belong to the Smarta Brahmin group, i.e., the followers of smritis and followers of Adi Sankaracharya. The Smarta Brahmins follow Apastamba Smriti, not the Manusmriti. Āpastamba is from a family of Brahmins of the Taittirīya branch Vedic school dedicated to the study of the Black Yajurveda. and he was supposed to be living on the banks of River Godavari. However, a small minority of Sage Viswamitra are the followers of Aashvalaayana sutra i.e. the study of Rg Veda. The Smaarta Brahmins in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh can be grouped into two major divisions: the Vaidiki Brahmins - Learners of Vedas and Niyogi - those appointed to official positions by Kings.
Some Telugu Brahmins follow the Dvaita philosophy of Sri Madhwacharya. They are known as Telugu Madhwa Brahmins are concentrated in the Andhra region and in the Anantapur and Kurnool districts of Rayalaseema.
There are many sub-sects of Brahmins, including Vaidiki Brahmins, Vaidiki Velanadu, Vaidiki Murikinadu, Dravidlu,Aaaramadravidlu, Niyogi (Aru Vela Niyogulu), Kanvulu, and others. Other important groups that eventually got absorbed into Telugu Brahmins from neighboring state Tamil Nadu who are a followers of Sri Vaishnavism who follow Vishishtadvaita espoused by the saint Ramanujacharya.(Reference: Shreeram Balijepalli's articles online)
Telugu brahmins follow vegetarianism and prefer "Satvika" food.
Telugu Brahmins celebrate most of the festivals celeberated by telugu people in general like Makara Sankranti and Ugadi.However the festival of Avani Avittam is an important festival exclusive to South Indian Brahmins.
Portrayal in popular media
- List of Telugu Brahmins
- Aaraama Dravidulu
- Mulukanadu Brahmins/Murikinadu Brahmins
- List of gotras
- Forward Castes
- Robert Lingat, The Classical Law of India, (Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt Ltd, 1993), p 20.
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