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'Upadhyaya', also spelled Upadhyay (sanskrit: उपाध्याय), is a surname used by some Brahmin people in Nepal and India. It is also a term for Jain monks who do both study and preaching. A Jain priestly community in Karnataka is named Upadhyaya. [1]

Upādhyāya is the surname of some members of the Madhwa Shivalli Brahmins and Havyaka Brahmins of Karnataka, Kota Brahmins of the Kundapur and surrounding areas of Udupi, the Audichya Brahmins of Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh and also of the Trivedi Mewada Brahmins of Gujarat. The Gujarat Brahmins of Shandilya are in Surat.[2][not in citation given] Amongst Telugu Brahmins, Upadhyay is turned into Upadhyayula, with an "ula" at the end.

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In Jainism[edit]

In Jainism, an upadhyay is the second highest leader of a Jain ascetic order after an acharya. The Fourth Shloka of the Namokar Mantra says Namo Uvvajhayanam meaning bow to all upadhyayas.

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  1. ^ Dr. A.N. Upadhye - His Life And Accomplishments India, Accessed on November 11, 2014
  2. ^ Nepal, an historical miscellany By Mahesh Chandra Regmi