Brahmins were traditionally priests (pandit, purohit, or pujari) or teachers (guru or acharya). However, Indian texts state that only a sub-sect of Brahmins was originally involved in priestly duties, whereas others were warriors, doctors, agriculturists, traders, poets, writers, landowners, and held a variety of other occupations in the Indian subcontinent (1). Most Brahmin surnames are influenced… Continue reading 100 Popular Indian Brahmin Surnames Or Last Names, By Region
The caste system as a social hierarchy is still prevalent today. Brahmin is said to be the highest Varna in Vedic Hinduism. The Brahmin Varna consists of priests and individuals and are separated into sub-castes called Gotras. Religious and cultural diversity divides Brahmins into these sub- castes. Only some are priests whereas others have held… Continue reading Brahmins as reformers
In the very beginning, there was only one category of Brahmins, later they were categorized on basis of their lands (areas) as Gaur and Dravid. Both of them have five subcategories in themselves (panchgaur and panchdravid). Later 120 categories of Brahmins were developed among them. Sarswat, Kanyakubja, Gaur, Utkal and Maithil, these are five gaurs and dwelling towards north of Vindhyachal. Punjab is the land of Saraswats. Kanauj,… Continue reading Different Types of Brahmins in India
BSP supremo Mayawati’s decision to appoint Ritesh Pandey as her party’s leader in the Lok Sabha by replacing Danish Ali appears to be aimed at winning back the support of the ‘Brahmin’ community in Uttar Pradesh. Interestingly, Mayawati has changed her party’s leader in the Lower House on four occasions since last year’s Lok Sabha… Continue reading Mayawati changes BSP’s Lok Sabha leader, eyes ‘Brahmin’ vote bank
A TRUE Brahmin is one who has acquired brahminhood not by birth but through his noble actions. He who has gained Supreme Self-knowledge is a Brahmin. Vedas and Epics proclaim that there is no caste differentiation in the Brahminic State. Initially, people took up occupations in tune with their aptitudes and temperaments. People dedicated to… Continue reading Who is a true Brahmin?
portrait of a power class on the rise Mahatma Gandhi has often been blamed for laying the foundation for the Congress party’s dynasty politics. Why he chose Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru over Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to lead India still provokes passions. Perhaps he feared incurring the wrath of Brahmins. Back then, Brahmin members in the top… Continue reading The Backward is the new Brahmin
LUCKNOW: Even as political parties like the SP and BSP are trying to woo the Brahmins, who constitute 11% of UP’s population, a saffron family’s fringe outfit — Rashtriya Jagruk Brahman Mahasangh – has initiated efforts to unite Brahmins, Bhumihars and Tyagis. The group has reportedly chosen UP BJP vice-president AK Sharma, a former bureaucrat… Continue reading Saffron outfit’s bid to unite Brahmins, Bhumihars, Tyagis in Uttar Pradesh
It must be a heady feeling for the Brahmins of Uttar Pradesh to have the political parties court them with such ardour in the run-up to the 2017 state Assembly election. Yet even this headiness can’t possibly make them hope for the return of their glory days. They know it is perhaps impossible for them… Continue reading Why the Brahmins of Uttar Pradesh are back in the reckoning – not as king but king-makers
As the next assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh draws nearer, a mad scramble has started among the major political players to set their caste equations right and the electorally influential ‘Brahmin’ community appears to be on everyone’s radar. If it was the Congress, which had undertaken a ‘yatra’ in different parts in the state through… Continue reading Scramble for ‘Brahmin’ votes in Uttar Pradesh ahead of Assembly polls
In a bid to counter the BJP’s Hindutva plank and also to woo the influential Brahmin community in Uttar Pradesh, the opposition Samajwadi Party (SP) has decided to embrace ‘Parashuram’, one the most important Brahmin icons. SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav has announced that his party will install a 108-foot-high statue of ‘Bhagwan Parashuram’ in the capital city of Lucknow.… Continue reading Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘Parashuram’ to counter BJP’s ‘Ram’?
Revenue Minister R Ashoka on Wednesday said that the state government has decided to issue caste certificates to Brahmins. The minister said that the MLAs, members of the State Brahmin Development Board, the president of Brahmin Mahasabha and others approached him in this regard. The Revenue department has decided to issue caste certificate to the… Continue reading Caste certificate to Brahmins: Ashoka
The Karnataka State Brahmin Development Board will launch two schemes aimed at Brahmin brides. The first scheme ‘Arundathi’ will provide Rs 25,000 for Brahmin brides, while the second ‘Maitreyi’ will assure a Rs 3 lakh bond for brides marrying a priest – Archakas and Purohits. According to H S Sachidananda Murthy, Chairman of the Board,… Continue reading Karnataka govt to launch two schemes for Brahmin brides