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Hinduism - Who Are The Maharashtri Brahmins?


The Pancha Dravida community is one of five southern Indian brahmin groups (the others being Gujarati, Karnata, Andhra, and Dravida).

The contemporary state of Maharashtra is the primary territory for Maharashtri brahmins, as their name suggests.

The Maharashtri brahmins are split into two groups: the Chitpavan, or Konkanastha brahmins, who reside along the coast, and the Deshastha brahmins, who live in the Deccan.


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Hinduism - Who Are The Konkanastha?


Konkanastha is another name for the Chitpavan brahmin community, which refers to their ancient home along the Konkan coast in the states of Goa and Maharashtra.

Chitpavan is a place adjoining the western coast of India. 


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Hinduism - Who Are The Chitpavan(Or Konkanastha Brahmins)?






Chitpavan  is a subdivision of the Maharashtri brahmins, who were one of the five southern brahmin groups (Pancha Dravida). 


Jatis were traditional Indian society's endogamous groupings, whose rank was defined by the group's hereditary profession. 





Even brahmins, whose duty has been to serve as priests, scholars, and teachers, were subjected to this kind of discrimination. 

The Chitpavan brahmins live mostly in western Maharashtra, especially along the coast and in the Poona area. 



Although they were never in large numbers, they were historically important as the Maratha kings' chief ministers (peshwas) and for producing some of the greatest characters in  India's independence movement, including M. G. Ranade, G. K. Gokhale, B. G. Tilak, and V. D. Savarkar. 



This tribe of brahmins is also known as the Konkanastha since they lived mostly around the Konkan coast. 

 


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