Karhade Brahmins

| Etymology and Origin The exact theory about the origins of the origins are varied, some of the most common ones which have been documented are as follows; - the 'Sahyadri Khanda' in a demeaning way to Karhade and Chitpavan Brahmins, indicate that the Karhade were resurrected from the bones of a camel. - Professor D. R. Bhandarkar concludes that the Karhade must have had at least some partial extraction from the Gurjar (Saka) clans. - there is evidence that during the Chalukya sovereignty over the Deccan during the 10th and 11th centuries, settled Brahmins in the Konkan and Goa regions. The exact origin of these Brahmins is unclear, however at least in one copper-plate grant (found with the Phansalkar Khot family of Terwan) by a Chalukya king to a group of 19 Brahmins settled near Rajapur, there is mention that these Brahmins, as one of their sacerdotal activities would be responsible for creating and maintaining orchards - called Karhataks, in the region surrounding the Vimaleshwar temple. The purpose of these Karhataks, being sustenance of the temple and its occupants and also growing the flora required for yaaga and homa activities. Similar copper plate grants have been found with other Karada families in southern Konkan. The Bombay gazette complied by the British contains transcripts of many such copper plates, which are now available for public research. Traditionally the Karada Brahmins in close association with the Rajapur Saraswat and Naik communities, were involved in horticultural activities and were pioneers in ground water cultivation and irrigation techniques. Like the Havyaka of Karnataka, the Karade have been involved in Betelnut cultivation. Most modern Karhade share the gotra with other Brahmins of the sub-continent. It is not known how the various Brahmin tribes with such diverse origins came to inherit the same paternal lineages. The Gotra system may have been philosophical/ideological at its roots rather than the popular belief that it indicates the genealogical origins.

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