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Sakaldwipiya Brahmins (also known as Bhojaka Brahmins or Maga Brahmins) are a class of Brahmin priests, Ayurveda teachers and practitioners that are concentrated in northern India. The name can also be spelled as Shakdvipi, Shakdwipi, Shakdweepi, Shakdvipiya, Shakdwipiya, Shakdweepiya, Shakadwipi, and Sakadwipi.


The Sakaldwipiya Brahmin identify themselves as having Iranian roots emanating from the Shakdvipa area. [1][need quotation to verify]

Internal structures[edit]

The Sakaldwipiya Brahmins of Bihar, Odisha,Bengal and Uttar Pradesh are Ayurvedic physicians, priests and landholders.[2]


  1. ^ Chand 1964, p. 4
  2. ^ Mitra 1962, p. 615.


  • Chand, Tara (1964), Indo-Iranian relations, Tehran: Information Service of India, Embassy of India.
  • Mitra, Debala (1962), Foreign Elements In Indian Culture, The Cultural Heritage of India, II, Calcutta: The Ramakrishna Mission Institute, pp. 612–615.
  • Sharma, Jagdish Saran (1981), Encyclopaedia Indica, II (2nd ed.), New Delhi: Chand[full citation needed]