|Languages||Kannada, Telugu, Marathi|
|Populated states||Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.|
Kuruba (also known as Kuruba Gowda, Kuruba, Kuruma and Kurumbar) is a Hindu caste native to the Indian state of Karnataka, where it is the third largest caste group. Like Yadava and Dhangar, the community's traditional occupation was shepherding.
The term kuruba, meaning shepherd, is derived from kuri, meaning sheep.
According to Ramchandra Chintaman Dhere, a scholar of the religious traditions of Maharashtra,
The history of South India shows clearly that all the southern royal dynasties who arose from pastoralist, cowherd groups gained Kshatriya status by claiming to be Moon lineage Kshatriya, by taking Yadu as their ancestor and by continually keeping alive their pride in being "Yadava". Many dynasties in South India from the Pallavas to Yadurayas were originally members of pastoralist, cowherd groups and belonged to Kuruba lineages.
- Sangolli Rayanna, 18th century freedom fighter and a warrior who fought the British East India Company in South India
- Junje Gowda, builder of the Sri Male Mahadeshwara Swamy temple at MM hills
- Kaka Nayaka, a legendary leader after whom the Kakanakote forest is named
- Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister of Karnataka State(2013 to 2018)
- Y. Nagappa, Ex-Social Welfare Minister of Karnataka State
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- Kuruba community sets a new trend at math
- "Vokkaliga, Lingayat leaders oppose state's caste census". Bangalore Mirror. 2014-10-25. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
- Ramchandra Chintaman Dhere, Translated by Anne Feldhaus (2011). Rise of a Folk God: Vitthal of Pandharpur, South Asia Research. Oxford University Press. pp. 240–241. ISBN 9780199777648.
- John G. R. Forlong (2008). Encyclopedia of Religions. Cosimo, Inc. p. 50. ISBN 9781605204840.
- Dhere, Ramchandra Chintaman (2011). Rise of a Folk God: Vitthal of Pandharpur, South Asia Research. Feldhaus, Anne (trans.). Oxford University Press. p. 243. ISBN 978-0-19977-764-8.
- Sangolli Rayanna and the rise of caste heroes
- 'Kakana Kote' as a tribute to Lokesh
- Bandaru Dattatreya (Ex Union Minister,MP,secundrabad )'Gopura' issue has united Kuruba community: Nagappa