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The Karhada Brahman take the name from the town of Karad in Satara district, the sacred junction of the Koina and Krishna. They migrated to the region between Malvan and Sangameshwar near the Konkan coast and made it their home land.The Karhade section, though it takes its name from Karad, a place in the Deccan region, is found chiefly in the Konkan coast.[need quotation to verify] Karhade Brahmins are generally thought to be a branch of the Deshastha Rigvedi's who immigrated from their home in Satara district to the southern part of Ratnagiri on the Konkan Coast, where they were principally settled.
There are three divisions of Karhade Brahmins - Karhade(from Desh), Padye and Bhatt Prabhu. Padyes hail from present day state of Goa.Karhades, who had mostly lived in the Desh area considered Padyes to be inferior. "Padhye" was a further division of "Padye" - and were Khots or farmers. Both these subcastes considered the Bhat-Prabhus to be outcastes, although the Bhat Prabhus were also Karhade Brahmins.
Most Karhade Brahmins live in Maharashtra and Karnataka though a significant population exists in the cities of Sagar and Indore in present day state of Madhya Pradesh.Ancestors of these people moved to these places during 18th century during the Maratha empire period.A southern branch of the Karhade Brahmins settled around the Kasargod region of the Malabar coast and they are called the "Karada Brahmins" and share their traditions with Kerala Brahmins and the Brahmins of South Karnataka.
Traditionally, the Karhade Brahmins were a community of priests who offered religious services in Hindu temple and to other communities. They are followers of Smarta tradition, being essentially Rigvedi Brahmins who follow the Ashwalayana Sutra.. Like their Deshastha counterparts, traditionally the karhade allowed cross-cousin marriages.
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