Info on Bhattas

Axel Michaels axel.michaels at URZ.UNI-HEIDELBERG.DE
Wed Mar 29 08:41:23 UTC 2000

nanda chandran schrieb:

> Can someone give me information on Bhattas?
> I understand that they're brahmins, but which part of the country are they
> predominant in?

Some information you can get in the old gazetteers, e.g. Nanjundaya/Iyer 1928:
314; Bhattacharya, Hindu Castes and Sects (p. 73 and 83). Bhatta was a caste
name as well as a title, not necessarily, but predominantly for brahmins.

It´s also a caste name for brahmins in Nepal, as well a term for the priests of
the Pashupatinatha temple (which are from South India).

Best wishes, A.M.

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