Mangalore Religions

Mangalore religions constitute major religious communities of Karnataka. They are the Havyakas, the Christians, the Saraswat Brahmins, the Billavas, the Shivalli Brahmins, the Kota Brahmins and the Bunts.

The community of Havyakas is one of the most important religious groups of Mangalore. The people of this group are actually Brahmin by caste. Their forefathers were the 32 Brahmins who went to visit Mayursharma's kingdom. The Bunts constitute another important religious group of Mangalore. 'Bunta' means 'a strong man' or 'a soldier'. These people have contributed greatly in the economy and social life in the coastal area of the state of Karnataka. The Kota Brahmins constitute a part of the Brahmins who belong to the place of Tulu Nadu. The origin of these people is in Kundapur as well as the places nearby in Udupi.