Saraswat Brahmins

The Saraswat Brahmins form one of the most important groups of people who reside in Mangalore city of Karnataka. According to popular belief, the Saraswat Brahmins of Mangalore have got their name from the place of their origin. The predecessors of the Saraswat Brahmins used to dwell near the river called the River Saraswati.

This river does not exist any more but was once a part of the state of Punjab. It is also believed by many people that the community of Saraswat Brahmins has got its name from their spiritual guide, who was called Saraswat Muni. There were five major groups of Gowda Brahmins which were called the Pancha Gowda Brahmin sects.

The predecessors of the Saraswat Brahmin community constitute one of these five groups. All these people used to live towards the north of the Vindhyas. These Brahmins had faith in the Hindu deities Vishnu, Shiva, Devi, Ganesha and Surya.

The Saraswat Brahmins are a peace-loving group of people. They have had a significant role to play in a variety of fields like trade, service and knowledge sectors. They are religious people, who have strong community ties and do not entertain assistance from anyone outside their community.

The Saraswat Brahmins are one of the most well known Gowda Brahmins. They have been mentioned in a number of major texts associated with the Hindu religion. Some of these texts are the Ramayana, the Vedas, the Mahabharata, the Bhavisyottara Purana and the Bhagavata. It is mentioned in the Puranas that the Saraswat Brahmins have their origins in the Aryans who had migrated from the central part of Asia via the Hindukush Mountains as early as 2000-1500 B.C.

Last Updated on 21 September 2011