Mulukanadu Brahmin

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Mulukanadu/Murikinadu Brahmin
Languages

Mother tongue is the 'Mulukanadu/Murikinadu' dialect of Telugu, which is specific to the community.

Nearly every member of the community is proficient in either Kannada or Tamil, due to generations of domicile in Karnataka or Tamil Nadu, as the case may be. English education is pervasive in the community and used for professional purposes. Sanskrit is used for religious purposes.
Religion
Hinduism of the Smarta tradition.
Related ethnic groups

Other South Indian Smarta brahmin communities: Namboodiris, Velanadu, Telanganya, Niyogi , Badaganadu, Koti brahmin, Hoysala Karnataka, Iyer, Babboor Kamme

Non-smarta brahmins: Iyengar, Madhwa

Mulukanadu/Murikinadu Brahmins are a sub-sect of Telugu speaking Vaidiki Smartha Brahmins. Variations of the name of the community include Murikinadu, Muluknadu, Mulukanadu, Mulakanadu, Moolakanadu and Mulikinadu (not listed in any order).

Etymology[edit]

The name Mulukanadu/Murikinadu follows the usual conjoint formulation of similar Brahmin communities: the word Naadu means "country" in all the south Indian languages; this is suffixed to the country whence the community hails, being in this case "Muluka". Thus, Muluka+Naadu=Mulukanadu, "people of the Muluka land." Muluka or Mulaka is identified and it is also known as Moolaka or Moolaka desha along with Ashmaka in shatavahana regime.[1] Aurangabad, Nashik, Jalna, Vashim are parts of Mulaka. Pratishthanapura or present day Paithan is the capital of Mulaka desh.[2][3]

A hallmark work in Sociology and study of Caste Genealogy was undertaken by noted Kannada litterateur T. V. Venkatachala Sastry which ultimately culminated in the book titled "Mulukanadu Brahmanaru" - a detailed, extensively researched work tracing the genealogy of the "Mulukanadu" sect and its origins, customs and prevailing cultures.[4]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chennai, Mulukanadu Sabha. "Origins of Mulukanadu Community". Website. Mulukanadu Sabha Chennai. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Sastri, S. Srikanta. ""Mulakas" (Origins of Mulukanadu Sect)". Article. Quarterly Journal of Mythic Society. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Sastry, T. V. Venkatachala (2000). "Mulukanadu Brahmanaru". Bangalore: Mulukanadu Mahasangha. 
  4. ^ Sastri, S. Srikanta. "Featured: T. V. Venkatachala Sastry". A Brief Biographical Sketch. www.srikanta-sastri.org. Retrieved 13 January 2014.