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Mathur, Matthur, Mathoor
The Tunga River at Mattur
The Tunga River at Mattur
Sanskrit village
Mattur is located in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 13°52′26″N 75°33′32″E / 13.87389°N 75.55889°E / 13.87389; 75.55889Coordinates: 13°52′26″N 75°33′32″E / 13.87389°N 75.55889°E / 13.87389; 75.55889
Country India
DistrictShivamogga district
 • BodyGram panchayat
 • OfficialSanskrit
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Nearest cityShivamogga
Sunset in Mattur

Mattur (or Mathur) is a village in Shimoga district near the city of Shivamogga in Karnataka state, India, known for the usage of Sanskrit for day-to-day communication, although the general language of the state is Kannada.[1][2]

Mattur has a temple of Rama, a Shivalaya, Someshwara temple and Lakshmikeshava temple.[3]

Mattur's twin village, Hosahalli, shares almost all the qualities of Mattur. Hosahalli is situated across the bank of the Tunga River. These two villages are almost always referred to together.[4]

Mattur and Hosahalli are known for their efforts to support Gamaka art, which is a unique form of singing and storytelling in Karnataka. These are two of the very rare villages in India where Sanskrit is spoken as a regional language.[5] Sanskrit is the main language of a majority of the 5,000 residents of this village situated around 8 km from Shimoga.[6]


  1. ^ Omkar Nath Koul, L. Devaki, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Unesco (2000). Linguistic heritage of India and Asia. Central Institute of Indian Languages. p. 247.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Arvind Sharma (2005). New focus on Hindu studies. D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd. p. 65.
  3. ^ Sanyal, Budhatiya. "A candid video of a vedic classroom in the Sanskrit speakign village "Mattur" (Channakeshava Dixit)". You Tube. You Tube. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ Rao, Subha J (2 March 2008). "Keeping Sanskrit alive". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Sanskrit village set to glow anew - Times of India". Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  6. ^ "This village speaks gods language - Times of India". Retrieved 25 November 2016.

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