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Niyogi Brahmin
CountryPrimarily India

Niyogi Brahmin is a Hindu Telugu Brahmin community[1] native to Indian States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The traditional occupations of the Niyogi Brahmins are settled cultivation.[2] But majority of them took up various secular vocations including military activities and patwaris. They were associated with administration, economics, literature, music composing, politics, scholarly, scientific, engineering, defense and warfare careers.[3][4]


The word Niyogi is derived from Yoga, which in this context means "religious contemplation", as opposed to Yaga, which means "religious sacrifice". Niyogin in Sanskrit also means "employed", "appointed" or "assigned" and it is probable that Niyogis were given this name because they accept secular employment.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Vinod Kumar Rawat. Knowledge-Power/Resistance: Beyond Bacon, Ambedkar and Foucault. Partridge Publishing. p. 160. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  2. ^ Kumar Suresh Singh (1998). India's Communities, Volume 6. Oxford University Press. p. 2645.
  3. ^ Sanatha Dharma, Religion, Gothra, Sages, Saints & Rishis of Vedic Era
  4. ^ Ancient India: a history of its culture and civilization, Damodar Dharmanand Kosambi, p. 166-170
  5. ^ Hopkins, Religions of India, p. 192 states: "As to the fees, the rules are precise, and the propounders of them are unblushing."

Further reading

  • Wagoner, Phillip B. (October 2003). "Precolonial Intellectuals and the Production of Colonial Knowledge". Comparative Studies in Society and History. 45 (4): 783–814. JSTOR 3879496.