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This is a book by Mr VIbhakar Lele who extensively researched into the origins of Chitpavan Konkanastha Brahmin community. He has tried to trace their ancient Vedic roots and how and where they were settled long before they finally arrived in Konkan. It is a great saga of the Chitpavans and a tribute to their very ancient Indian and Vedic roots since the Ramayana times that the author tries best to capture in this vast and informative book. That history is also buttressed by studying the commity of Brahmin communities related to the Chitpavans, spread all over India and Maharashtra, Karnataka and North and western India in particular. All Chitpavans ought to read and have a copy of this book for themselves and their posterity. A must read for everyone in as brief a book as the subject could permit, without leaving out on THE ESSENTIALS OF CHITPAVAN KONKANASTHA BRAHMINS' HISTORY, [PROTO-AND PRE-],
About Chitpavan Konkanastha Brahmins' Origins
Books by this author - Vibhakar V. Lele- in the series – ‘Origins of Chitpavan Brahmins’:
1. Vol. 1. Origins of Chitpavan Brahmins - Chitpavan Konkanastha
Brahmins’ History [Proto- and Pre-] - 532 pages/
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Abridged edition of above book as
2. Essentials Chitpavan Konkanastha Brahmins' History (Proto- and Pre) - 406 pages
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ii. As e-book on Pothi.com as ebook7539 at Rs. 400/-
3. Vol. 2. Sarasvati River - Ancestral Home of Chitpavan Brahmins - 245 pages/
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ii. As e-book on Pothi.com as ebook7538 at Rs.300/-
This book pieces together the most important story of who they were, from where they came, their Kuladevatas, original habitats, customs and other important details. It categorically disproves the ancient hollow anecdotes based upon the mere mythical propositions and conjectural
guesswork. The author would like to share the story with Chitpavans and well-wishers.
Dr Rosalind O’Hanlon, Professor of Indian history and culture, Oriental Institute, Oxford, who is researching in the Chitpavan Brahmins’ history, during a communication, informed me on the
underlying article on ‘The Roots Of Chitpavan Brahmins’ of which this book is a further elaboration that she found it most interesting and very much enjoyed, and learned from, all of the
materials that this author had collected therein.
Sources-1: Research paper by Mr. N. S. Rajpurohit, An eminent archaeologist from Karnataka, on Talagunda inscriptions;
2. Mr. Korati Sri Niwas Rao's book on ‘Sri Raghavendra Charitra’ (Kannada);
3. ‘Vyadeshwaroda Mahakavya’ by Vishwanatha (Early 17th century AD)
4. Lele Kulavrittanta and
5. Samrata Pulakeshi’s Shila-lekha
This book, with annexures, comprises of the propositions about the prehistory of Chitpavan Brahmins. Most of the important scattered details have been put in place to stitch together the ancient and medieval history of Chitpavan Konkanastha Brahmins. At the same time, the author delves into their proto-history from the times of sage Agasti.
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