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Mogaveera is a community in the Karnataka state of India. Originally a fishing community, they reside mainly in Dakshina Kannada and in the Udupi district of Karnataka, India.

Social and economic status[edit]

Mohanappa Thingalaya, a freedom fighter, is credited with coining the term Mogaveera in the early years of the 20th century. It replaced the older terms of Mogera and Mogeyar.[1][full citation needed] Mogera means a warrior who after the demolition of the kingdom continued to live on river belts and coastal belts and pursue their traditional occupation of fishing.[2]

Mogaveera people form a community who dominate fishing and marine activities in and around Mangalore.[3] The Mogaveeras who have taken up fishing as their profession are called Marakalas. Some have also found occupation as peasants and artisans.[2]

The Mogaveeras are classified under backward communities in Karnataka.[2]

Community organisations[edit]

A community organisation called Dakshina Kannada Mogaveera Mahajana Sabha (DKMMS) was established in 1923 with 146 gramsabhas. There were other such associations previously, including one in Bombay that was founded in 1902; others included those at Mangalore, Barkur and Udupi, some of which merged. The various groups became distinguishable by the different languages.[4]

The Mogaveera Bank was established in 1946 in a suburban district of Bombay.[5] It is one of the leading co-operative banks operating in Mumbai, having branches in Borivali and other areas. It is managed by people belonging to Mogaveera community.[6][7]


  1. ^ Ramachandra Baikampadi. (2006).’Tulunadina Adi Brahmanaru moolata Mogaveerare?’
  2. ^ a b c Uma K. Srivastava,. Impact of Mechanization on Small Fishermen:. Ahmedabad: Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Centre for Management in Agriculture. p. 317,399.
  3. ^ "Arrest the murder accused: Mogaveera community". The Hindu. 7 June 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  4. ^ Gururaja Budhya and Solomon Benjamin (2000). The politics of sustainable cities: the case of Bengare, Mangalore in coastal India (PDF). University College London.
  5. ^ "MogaVeera Bank". Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  6. ^ TNN (September 11, 2004). "Ex-chief of Mogaveera Bank held for graft". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Chaos At Mogaveera Bank As Six Directors Resign In Revolt". Indian Express. 23 January 2003. Retrieved 12 September 2014.