Maithil Brahmin

Maithil Brahmins are a Hindu Brahmin community from the Mithila region of the Indian subcontinent that comprises Tirhut, Darbhanga, Kosi, Purnia, Munger, Bhagalpur of Bihar; Bokaro in Jharkhand and Santhal Pargana divisions[a] of India[1] and some adjoining districts of Nepal. They are one of the five Pancha-Gauda Brahmin communities.[2][3] The main language spoken by Maithil Brahmins is Maithili.


Some of the dynastic families of the Mithila region, such as the Oiniwar Dynasty and Khandwal Dynasty (Raj Darbhanga),[4] were Maithil Brahmins and were noted for their patronage of Maithil culture.[5]

In the 1960s and 1970s, the Maithil Brahmins became politically significant in Bihar. Binodanand Jha and Lalit Narayan Mishra emerged as prominent political leaders of the community. Under the Chief Ministry of Jagannath Mishra many Maithil Brahmins assumed important political positions in Bihar.[6]


According to the Vedic Samhita, Maithil Brahmins are divided into the Vajasaneyi(Yajurvedic) and the Chandogya(Samavedic) and each group is strictly exogamous. They are also further classified by four main categories, the Srotriyas(Soit), the Yogyas(Bhalmanush), the Painjas and the Jaiwars. They are all expected to be morganatic(anuloma) however these days this is no longer enforced strictly. They are also divided into various Mools or Clan's name. And every mool is further divided into upamool or sub clans. It is similar like garh and goti of Baiga tribe, Graamam and Griham of Nambudiri Brahmins, yek salai of Meitei People and Hala and Mukun of Jurchen People. They have many Aaspad or Surnames like Jha, Mishra, Sharma, Thakur, Vats, Choudhary, Pathak, Kunwar, Singh etc. [7]

Religious practicesEdit

They are mainly practitioners of Shaktism in various forms, however there are also Vaishnavites and Shaivites.[8] [9]


Panjis or Panji Prabandh are extensive genealogical records maintained among Maithil Brahmins similar to the Hindu genealogy registers at Haridwar.[10] They are used mainly when fixing marriages and delineate the last 7 generations of the bride and grooms family.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Santhal Pargana division is headquartered at Dumka and the cited source mentions the division as "Dumka division"


  1. ^ Jha, Pankaj Kumar (2010). Sushasan Ke Aaine Mein Naya Bihar. Bihar (India): Prabhat Prakashan. ISBN 9789380186283.
  2. ^ James G. Lochtefeld (2002). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Hinduism: N-Z. Rosen. pp. 490–491. ISBN 9780823931804.
  3. ^ D. Shyam Babu and Ravindra S. Khare, ed. (2011). Caste in Life: Experiencing Inequalities. Pearson Education India. p. 168. ISBN 9788131754399.
  4. ^ Jha, Makhan (1997). Anthropology of Ancient Hindu Kingdoms: A Study in Civilizational Perspective. M.D. Publications Pvt. Ltd. pp. 60–61. ISBN 9788175330344.
  5. ^ Jha, Makhan (1982). "Civilizational Regions of Mithila & Mahakoshal". p. 64.
  6. ^ Verma, Ravindra Kumar (May 1991). "Caste and Bihar Politics". Economic and Political Weekly. Sameeksha Trust. 26 (18): 1142–4. JSTOR 41498247.
  7. ^ Jha, Makhan (1997). Anthropology of Ancient Hindu Kingdoms: A Study in Civilizational Perspective. p. 32. ISBN 9788175330344. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  8. ^ Jha, Makhan (1997). Anthropology of Ancient Hindu Kingdoms: A Study in Civilizational Perspective. M.D. Publications Pvt. Ltd. pp. 38–. ISBN 978-81-7533-034-4.
  9. ^ Maitra, Asim (1986). Religious Life of the Brahman: A Case Study of Maithil Brahmans. Inter-India Publications. p. 54. ISBN 9788121001717.
  10. ^ "Culture of the Mithila region". Archived from the original on 17 July 2007. Retrieved 16 September 2007.

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