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People of the Konkan Division

This article is about ethnic communities residing in the Konkan Division of Maharashtra. For the people who speak Konkani Language, see Konkani people .

The Konkan Division is the administrative division in the coastal region of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It has a diverse number of ethnic and religious communities.

Bhandaris

The Bhandari caste is among the seafaring caste of ancient and medieval India.They migrated southward from Rajputana in early 1100 CE and subsequently spread over different parts of India. Along with Maharashtra, Goa, parts of Karnataka like Karwar.

Chitpavan Brahmins

The Chitpavan Brahmins, also known as Kokanashta, are found in coastal Maharashtra. Many of them have contributed a lot to the development of a distinct Kokan-Marathi culture which distinguishes the Maharashtrian Konkanites from the Desh Marathis. The Peshwas of the Maratha Empire like Bajirao, Balaji Bajirao and Madhavrao belonged to this community. So did Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Swatantryaveer Savarkar.

Daivadnya Brahmins

The Daivadnya Brahmin ( दैवज्ञ ब्राह्मण in Devnagri script) community is a Hindu Brahmin sub-caste from the western coast of India, the Konkan. Languages spoken by members of the community include Konkani and Marathi. They are commonly known as Śeṭ in the coastal region. The word Śeṭ is a corrupt form of the word Śreṣṭha or Śreṣṭhin, which meant excellent, distinguished, or superior. Over time the word was transformed from Śreṣṭha to Śeṭ.

Daivadnya Brahmins follow Brahminical Hinduism, adherents of Vedic rites, and worshipers of both Vedic and Pauranic Deities.

Traditionally Daivajña people are in the jewellery trade, but they were not primarily involved in jewellery trade. The reason how they adopted this as their occupation leaving their priesthood activities behind is not known . There are no mentions of the Śeṭs practicing this occupation in the early history .

Over the period of the time they also included Fish/Egg into their diet becoming the non - vegetarian community . However the people belonging to this community performing Vedic priesthood activities are still strictly vegetarian.

East Indians

Main article: East Indians

East Indians are a Marathi-speaking, Roman Catholic ethnic or sub-ethnic group, based in and around the city of Mumbai in western Indian state of Maharashtra. These people are of the original Marathi ethnic group and had been evangelized by the Portuguese.

Konkani/Kokani Muslims

There are large Konkani Muslim communities in Mumbai, Thane, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg. In local lingo, the pronunciation is Kokani rather than Konkani, which can be confused with konkani language speaking people from Goa. Kokani Muslims speak Kokani, a Marathi dialect, peculiar to the community. They are descendants of Arab traders (Mulla/Faqih) and some Hindu converts. Konkani Muslims are heavily involved in the merchant navy, shipbuilding, and textile industries in India. Most in villages are also into farming and fishing, whereas many work as expatriates in Gulf countries. They trace their ancestry back to the Arab traders who arrived on the Western coast of India during the medieval era. The diaspora spread out around India and the rest of the world but maintain their strong sense of community and identity. They predominantly belong to the Shafi'i school of Islamic jurisprudence, unlike North Indian Muslims who generally adhere to the Hanafi school.

Rajapur Saraswat Brahmins

Rājāpur/Bhālāvalikar Gauda Sāraswat Brāhmins (RSB), as they are known, belong to the "Pancha (five) Gauda Brahmana" groups or "Gaudadi Panchakas". Rājāpur Sāraswat Brahmins are a branch of the saraswat Brahmins, who were supposed to have resided on the banks of the legendary Saraswati River. They migrated to Goa region in around 700 BC from the banks of river Saraswati. They got their name from their village of origin namely Rajapur/Bhalavali Village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra state in India, where they had migrated from Goa. Rajapur/Bhalavalikar Saraswat Brahmins were called as Gowd Saraswat Brahmins, before they migrated from Bhalavali/Rajapur to various other places.

Many Goan Gaud Saraswat Brahmins fled from Goa, a section of them went to Bhalavali, Rajapur villages in Ratnagiri district in order to save themselves from forced conversions by Portuguese in Goa and also attacks from Muslim rulers. Later they came to known as Rajapur/Bhalavalikar Gauda Saraswat Brahmins. The members of this community follow the Hindu religion and speak Konkani language. The Konkani spoken by them is a mixture of Goan konkani and Marathi. They are the disciple of Shri Gaudapadacharya Math, Kavle in Goa state of India.

They are allied to Kavale Mutt in Goa.

Siddis

The Siddis are North African pirates who were shipwrecked near Ratnagiri. They quickly organized themselves and gained control of the surrounding territory. The Janjira fort was occupied and held by them for a long time, they are Muslims and are found around Ratnagiri and Raigad.

Notable people


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