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|Tulu, Kannada, Sanskrit|
The Name Kandavara is derived from Skandavara/Skandapura. Unlike other Brahmins who embraced Dwaita due to the efforts of Madhavacharya and Vadiraja Theertha, Kandavara Brahmins remained Bhasma Dharis or Smarthas following Advaita Philosophy. They are deciples of Sringeri Sharada Peetha and Balekudru Shreematha.
The Kandavara Brahmins speak Tulu in South Canara and Kannada in Malnad. In Kundapura they speak Kundagannada.