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Bestha (OBC) is a major caste in Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It has 39 synonymous(subcaste).[1] The major occupation of this community is fishing, boating and agriculture.

In Karnataka[edit]

It is considered as one of the largest community in Karnataka with population equivalent to idigas population. Koli, kabbaliga, Ambiga, Mogaveera, bestha, kharvi, harikantha, gangamatha, Madder, barikera are the different names called for this community in different parts of karnataka. Mogaveeras are major fishing peoples with significant population in coastal Karnataka Especially in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada district, kolis and kabbaligas are major fishing peoples in Gulburga, Yadgir and bidar districts with a highest population more than 5 lakhs.

In Telangana[edit]

The bestha population is significant and fish farming in tanks and lakes is their main livelihood.[1][2][3]