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Mattur (or Mathur) is a village in Shimoga district near the city of Shivamogga in Karnataka state, India, known for the usage of Sanskrit for day-to-day communication, although the general language of the state is Kannada.[1][2]

Mattur
ಮತ್ತೂರು
माटुर, Mathur, Matthur, Mathoor
village
The Tunga River at Mattur
The Tunga River at Mattur
Nickname(s): Sanskrit village
Mattur is located in Karnataka
Mattur
Mattur
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 13°52′26″N 75°33′32″E / 13.87389°N 75.55889°E / 13.87389; 75.55889Coordinates: 13°52′26″N 75°33′32″E / 13.87389°N 75.55889°E / 13.87389; 75.55889
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Shivamogga district
Government
 • Body Gram panchayat
Languages
 • Official Sanskrit
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Nearest city Shivamogga
Sunset in Mattur

Mattur has a temple of Rama, a Shivalaya, Someshwara temple and Lakshmikeshava temple.

Mattur's twin village, Hosahalli, shares almost all the qualities of Mattur. Hosahalli is situated across the bank of the Tunga River. These two villages are almost always referred to together.[3]

Mattur and Hosahalli are known for their efforts to support Gamaka art, which is a unique form of singing and storytelling in Karnataka. These are two of the very rare villages in India where Sanskrit is spoken as a regional language.[4] Sanskrit is the vernacular of a majority of the 5,000 residents of this village situated around 8 km from Shimoga.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Omkar Nath Koul, L. Devaki, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Unesco (2000). Linguistic heritage of India and Asia. Central Institute of Indian Languages. p. 247. 
  2. ^ Arvind Sharma (2005). New focus on Hindu studies. D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd.,. p. 65. 
  3. ^ Rao, Subha J (2 March 2008). "Keeping Sanskrit alive". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Sanskrit village set to glow anew - Times of India". Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "This village speaks gods language - Times of India". Retrieved 25 November 2016. 

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