Havyakas

The word Havyaka was transcended from words Havyaga or Haveega which means the one who performs Havana(Havya) and Homa(Gavya), since the very purpose of Havyaka Brahmins was to perform the royal rituals and the related functions of the empirical government. In fact, the name “Haiga” persists in Havyaka lexicon.The word Havyaka might also be derived from the place named Haigunda. That region of Karnataka which has been inhabited by Havyakas from ancient times is also called Parashuramakshethra, Gorastradesha, Gokarnamandala.[1]

Exact facts about Havyaka’s origin are hard to come by since there are very little research available. Historically, it is believed that Havyakas are the first of the Brahmin kind to descend to the present day Karnataka around 3rd century ACE, followed by other sects like Shivalli, Smartha etc., who arrived much later, around 7th century ACE. [2] However, the scientific school of thought places the date of Havyaka’s immigration back to about 1300 years ago. The Brahmin king Mayooravarma was instrumental in bringing the first Havyaka families. It is believed that Kadambas brought many Havyakas in to perform the royal rituals and the related functions of the empirical government from a place called Ahichchathra in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Thus the first few families were settled in Banavasi, the capital of the Kadambas and the place adored by Pampa.[3] King Mayooravarma’s act of inviting Havyakas to Banavasi has been inscribed on a stone stab(Shilashasana) from the period of the Kadambas, which now lies near the village of Varadahalli in Sagar Taluk of Shimoga district.

The descendants and associates of Parshuram are called Bhumihar Brahmins in Eastern U.P. and Bihar, Goud Brahmins in U.P. and Rajasthan, Chitpawan Brahmins in Maharashtra, Anavil Brahmins in Gujarat, Havyak Brahmins in Karnataka, Namboothiri Brahmins in Kerela and Mohyals in the Punjab region. Their variants are found with different names all across the Indian sub-continent. They have same Aryan looks, customs and practices.

– source Wikipedia encyclopedia

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13 Comments Add yours

    1. Manasa hegde says:

      Hi roopa, r u still staying in singapore. I m also a havyak and in Singapore right now. Was just checking for other havyaks in Singapore and came across urblog .

  1. Chhaya says:

    Hi Roopa, are you a Havyaka ? I am one and this article was very informative 🙂

  2. Roopa says:

    Yes. nimdu yav ooru?

  3. Chhaya says:

    Hi, Sorry, didnt see your response…nanna ooru kumta, atte mane yellapura , nimdu yavudu?

    –Chhaya so you speak havyak right?, ena ooru appanamane thirthahalli nan mane sirsi.

  4. Sangeetha says:

    Dear Roopa,
    It was nice to know about Havyaka because I am one.My parents are from Gokarna. I really like the photos and the recipes. Way to go girl–All the best in all your endevours.
    Sangeetha

    Hi sangeeta, thks and nice to know another havyak. Thks a lot for visitng and taking your time to comment on my blog!

  5. Liladhar says:

    Nanna Ooru Gokarn. Sannabhadti Mane.
    Ee havikara hos vishaya tilididdu olle swarasyakar vagittu.
    UP mattu Panjab dalli namma purvaja riddiddu ascharya da vishaya.
    Sarve Janah Sukhino Bhavantu

  6. Anup says:

    Hey, Im a Havyak from the Ghats near Kumta but was born and brought up in Bahrain. Aadre ondu question idthu. Are our ancestors from Kashi in UP or from Kashmir which is debatable.
    Yaakendre nange nan roots sarri ag kuthagavu.

    Thanks Anup for visiting and commenting on my blog. I am not very sure about the roots i got this information from some browing on the web.

  7. Ravikumar says:

    Good info. Naanuru varadamulada hatra…I visited more than 100 times but i didn’t noticed shilasana.

  8. Rajesh Hegde says:

    This is indeed a good info. I am planning to visit Varada Halli last week of Dec.08 I will try to look for the ShilaShasana. On Dec 24th I am driving down to Kumta vai Bangaluru, Shimoga & then to Mangalore to attend one of myrelative’s house warming…

  9. sandesh bhat says:

    olle mahithi kottiri odathi hinge aavaga aavaga barithe iri nimma ankanada niriksheyalli hare rama

  10. B. Sinha says:

    Delighted to note that Havyakas still exist! I shall be thankful for information on an emigre’ Gujarati Brahman named Golhan Bhat who emigrated from ‘Srataer’ presently Bhind district, Gwalior, M.P., possibly in the 16th century A.D. maybe during the political upheaval in Gujrat post Qutb-ud Din Bahadur Shah (1526-1537 A.D.). Sri Golhan Bhat immigrated to ‘Kurhani’ village, Azamgarh District, U.P.. Here he established his ‘ashram’ & his descendants are known as ‘Kurhaniyan Brahmans’.

  11. joycelyn says:

    hi am joycelyn am not from a havyakas, i had this dream that a little asian boy kept repeating to me haigunda i did not understand what it mean.
    can anyone give me some information thank you.

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