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This article is about the Indian caste. For people named Niyogi, see Niyogi (disambiguation)
Varna Brahmin[1]
Religions Hinduism
Languages Telugu
Country Primarily South India, a significant population in the United States, and Canada[2][page needed]
Populated states Andhra Pradesh
Tamil Nadu
Subdivisions Aruvela Niyogi
Prathama Sakha
Golconda Vyapari

Niyogi Brahmins are those Brahmins who took up various secular vocations including military activities and gave up religious vocation, especially the priesthood. They were associated with administration, economics, literature, music composing, politics, scholarly, scientific, 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[edit]


  1. ^ Brahmin, brahmana, caste, tribe, gotra, rishi, ritual, india, hindu, religion, Mana Sanskriti (Our Culture), Issue 69
  2. ^ Yang, Anand A. (1999). Bazaar India: Markets, Society, and the Colonial State in Bihar. University of California Press. 
  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[edit]

  • 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. (subscription required (help)).