|Country||Primarily South India, a significant population in the United States, and Canada[page needed]|
|Populated states||Andhra Pradesh
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.
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.
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