History of Shenoy Brahmins

Written by Alok Mohan on June 20, 2023. Posted in Uncategorized

History of shenoy brahmins ?

Shenoy Brahmins, also known as Shenoy or Shenoys, are a subcaste of Brahmins. The Shenoys were generally involved in administration of the city. The word ‘Shenoy’ itself means a writer.
Shenoy is a surname from coastal Karnataka and Goa in India. It is found among Hindus of the Goud Saraswat Brahmin community following Smartha Sampradaya of Kavale Matha or Madhva Sampradaya of either Gokarna Matha or Kashi Matha. 
They belong to the Pancha Dravida Brahmin group, which includes five subgroups, and have a distinct cultural and social identity within the Brahmin community.
The history of Shenoy Brahmins dates back several centuries. According to historical records, their ancestors were originally Saraswat Brahmins from northern India who migrated to the coastal region of Karnataka. They were invited by the local rulers to settle in the area and serve as priests and scholars.

The term “Shenoy” is derived from the Sanskrit word “Shanaih Shrotriya,” which means “learned person” or “one who possesses knowledge.” Over time, the title “Shenoy” became associated with this Brahmin community due to their scholarly and intellectual pursuits.

Shenoy Brahmins played a significant role in the socio-religious fabric of Karnataka. They served as priests in temples, performed religious rituals, and taught religious scriptures. They were known for their expertise in various branches of knowledge, including astrology, Vedanta, philosophy, and Sanskrit literature. Many Shenoy Brahmins also excelled in fields such as law, administration, and education.

The community established educational institutions and patronized learning centers, contributing to the intellectual and cultural development of the region. They maintained a close association with the Madhva sect of Vaishnavism, and their religious practices and customs reflect this influence.

Like other Brahmin communities, Shenoy Brahmins followed a strict hierarchy based on their vocation and knowledge. The community had its own set of customs, traditions, and rituals, which were passed down through generations. They placed a strong emphasis on education and learning, encouraging their children to pursue academic and intellectual pursuits.

In modern times, Shenoy Brahmins have adapted to the changing social dynamics while retaining their cultural identity. Many have moved away from traditional occupations and have excelled in various fields such as medicine, engineering, law, business, and information technology. However, they continue to maintain their connection with their cultural heritage through religious practices, community events, and social gatherings.

There are two theories about the origin of Shenoy or Shenvi.

The Sanskrit word Shrenipati, meaning the leader of the guild, which got converted as Shennivayi in Apabhramsa, and later as Shenai or Shenvi in old Konkani.

It is from the Sanskrit word for 96, ṣaṇṇavati (षण्णवति). The significance of the word 96 among Konkanis is that 96 villages formed the core region of Goa. It is said that 96 clans / families of Saraswat Brahmins arrived in Gomantak and settled in one village, each 66 villages were in Sashti region (66 in Sanskrit is ṣaṭ ṣaṣṭi – षट् षष्टि. Sashti became Salcette during the Portuguese rule and 30 villages were in Tiswadi region.

It’s important to note that the history and cultural practices of Shenoy Brahmins may vary among different families and regions. This overview provides a general understanding of their historical background and cultural significance within the broader context of Brahmin communities in Karnataka.


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