Some historical issues in Daivajna Community

  • In 16th - 17th century there were conflicts between two Brahmin communities in Goa , viz Daivajnas ans Saraswats. The cause of this conflict was use of traditional emblems used by Brahmin and royal Kshatriya families during religious rituals, functions and festivals (like Adbagira, Suryapaan, Chatra, Chamara that symbolised high status in the Hindu society ).
  • Another conflict between Daivajnas and Vaishyas,in 16th century in Khandepar  (ancient name Kharegrama  ) and this issue was solved in Gananatha temple in Khandepar.As Daivajnas were against Vaishyas who were performing some Brahmanical rituals.
  • Due to socio-economic reasons Daivajnas migrated to Karnataka,there was conflicts between Daivajnas and Havyaka Brahmins of Gokarna who were against Daivajnas performing "Pourohittya" (priestly rituals ),as Daivajnas were/are "pisco-vegetarian" (fish eaters ).
  • Most of the Daivajna migrants in South Canara,some parts of North Canara, Udupi and other parts of Karnataka adopted Vaishnavism, and were the main source of financial aid for Sodhe Matha,till early 19th century, but most of the followers who were Madhwa Brahmins ( Tulu speaking ) and the present pontiff of the matha denied the traditional rights of Daivajnas on an account of Daivajnas being fish eaters.

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