Tuluva Hebbars

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Tuluva Hebbars are a Tulu-speaking Brahmin community from Karnataka, India. The name "Hebbar" comes from the Kannada, "hebbu/hiridhu" (meaning big) + "haruva" (meaning Brahmin).

The Tuluva Hebbar community is originally from Puttur, Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka. They are also called as Shivalli Brahmins (which resolves to 'Shivana + Halli' in Kannada which means Shiva's village). Their mother tongue is Tulu, which is one of the five Dravidian languages of India. People from this Tulu-speaking Brahmin community have a lot of representation & noted works in the field of medicine, engineering, law & finance.

These Hebbars have been working as 'Patels' (village officers), ministers, financial advisors and many of them worship in the temples of Kerala and Karnataka. Some of them are engaged in the Agricultural Industry, 'Visha vaidya' - Treatment for Snake bites. Some families are engaged in practicing Ayurveda medicine. Some of them were engaged in Nrittam - a kind of dance performed in temples where the deity is placed on the head of the dancer.

Most of the Hebbar Brahmins in Mumbai hail from the village of Kattingeri in Udupi district. Prominent Kattingeri Hebbars are the famous artist K. Krishna Hebbar, the original Udupi hotelier of Mumbai, K. Srinivas Hebbar and the respected engineer and professor K M Hebbar who taught at the National Institute of Technology Karnataka. He lives in Bangalore with his son currently.

There are also few Tuluva Hebbars who are Sthanika Brahmins. Sthaniks means who are of the Sthana "Native".

These Hebbars belong to Saamaveda and recite Saamaveda.

One family of Tuluva Hebbars is even in Tamil Nadu, Chennai.