Ranjith Bajpe Born in 9 Dec 1979 In Bajpe near Mangalore Airport.
Introduction to Thiya Billawa community
In the Parashurama Shrusti the members of the community known differently as THIYA-BELCHADA- MALAYALI BILLAWA were the inhabitants from time immemorial concentrated between north of Chandragiri river ( Kasaragod ) and south of Kalyanpura river ( Hejamamdi ) and West to East between the shores of the Arabian sea to Sulya region. This Belchada / Thiya community though extremely backward in the financial and educational sphere, has a rich heritage and has its own unique Customs, Rituals and Aradhana.
There exist 18 important BHAGAVATHI KSHETRAS apart from many Tharavad / Family shrines spread over Kasaragod, Mangalore and Udupi districts. Though the ruling deity of community is BHAGAVATHI ,there are temples dedicated to VISHNUMOORTHY , WAYANAD DAIVA AND KORATHI-the later to are believed to be incarnation of Lord Shiva and Shakthi respectively. Chaitanyas like KALLURTI , PANJURLI ,GULIGA, NAGADEVA are being devotionally worshipped by this community and regular KOLA ,THAMBLIA, KALIYATA etc. are performed to invoke their blessings .
THIYA BELCHADA community is divided into 8 ILLAMS which traces it’s origin to one Amruthamani born out of the Lord Shiva’s grace and seven others born to to the Sapthamathas through the same Lord’s divine blessings, which means Thiyas are the progeny of Lord Shiva. Marriage between the same ILLAMS is considered a taboo being Sagothra. This community is coming under the spell the 19th century Great Saint and reformer Sri.NarayanaGuru’s teachings.
Owing to mobility in search of livelihood, the community members are spread out and a good chunk of them are concentrated in cities like Mumbai and Bangalore. Beyond the above noted original habitat Thiya Samaj was formed in Mumbai. More than 50 years back, in particular and many KSHETRA SAMITIS in general, have been functioning extremely well striving their best to organize and serve the community.