Nayanar (Nair subcaste)

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Nayanar is title used by sub-castes of the Nair community from Kerala, India. It can be used by Samantha Kshatriya families but also a generic term to refer to a Nair[1]

Position in society[edit]

The Nayanars were Samanthans and Naduvazhi (chiefs of fiefdoms and aristocrats) and Jenmimar (landed gentry).[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mathew, George (1989). Communal Road to a Secular Kerala. Concept Publishing Company. p. 26. ISBN 978-8-17022-282-8.
  2. ^ 1. Organized Struggles of Malabar Peasantry, 1934-1940 Prakash Karat Social Scientist, Vol. 5, No. 8 (Mar., 1977), pp. 3-17