Utkala Brahmin

Utkala Brahmin is also known as Utkal Brahmin is a Brahmin caste in India. Utkala Brahmins are the historical caretakers of the Jagannath Temple in Puri. The Utkala Brahmins are one of the five Pancha Gouda Brahmin communities that originally resided to the north of the Vindhyas.[1] They constitute more than 7% of Odisha state population.[2]

Utkala Brahmin
Shri Shankaracharya of Puri.jpg
Priests from Utkala Brahmin community, during Yatra with Shankararcharya of Puri (center)
VarnaBrahmin
JātiUtkala
ReligionsHinduism
LanguagesOdia language
CountryIndia
Original stateOdisha
Populated statesOdisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh
Related groupsJyotish, Karan
Kingdom (original)Utkala Kingdom
Traditional dress of an utkala Brahmin Priest in Puri, Orissa in 1928

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lochtefeld, James G. (2002). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Hinduism: N-Z. Rosen. p. 725. ISBN 9780823931804.
  2. ^ Nava Kishor Das (2012). Odisha. Anthropological Survey of India by Seagull Books. ISBN 978-81-7046-293-4.

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