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A History of Bekal Koteyars Ever wondered about Bekal of yesteryears, an alien land where our immigrant community settled, survived against odds and prospered? After all it was Malayali land and yet a numerically small koteyar community made it its home and established itself. How did it come about? What sort of land is this region? What are its distinguishing features? What kind of life did the jati people lead? What were the challenges it had to face and how did it adapt itself to changing climate and carve an identity for itself? Why is it that a very large of its sons and daughters still cling to the name “Bekal” even if they are settled in far off lands and have never visited the place? It is not easy to answer these questions, as we do not as yet have a comprehensive history of the community based in Bekal and the surrounding areas since the time they settled down in this distant land- some 300 years ago. B.K.Mohan Rao tries to answer these questions in this interesting article. Read more about it...

The subject is open for public debate and discussion in the Forum - Matters of Community Interest. Please visit and offer your thoughtful comments.

Rama Kshatriya Kulothpathi Ramakshatriya Kulothpathi is an article published on May 5 1949 by three highly respected members of the community. They were late Messrs. B. Shivaramayy, K. Somanatha, and P.K, Narayana. The Editor of the article was late Mr. Bekal Rama Naik of Ramakshatriya community. As the name suggests it is a brief record of the community's history and progress through the last few hundred years. It also covers a few of the traditions, rituals, customs of the community, mostly in the form of folk songs.

However more important part of the article is the community's Binnavathale (petiton) to Sringeri Matt Seer. A copy of the document may be seen here. The community had difficulties reconciling strong differences with Konakanis and hence approached Sringeri Matt for a formal decision. The Binnavathale itself later came under scrutiny and criticism from some noted writers in the community. The very authenticity of the document was being questioned by them.

Narasimha Kudlu, a reputed Engineer, and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley, with a sound knowledge of Sanskrit, took upon himself the task of vetting the Binnavathale. He brought to bear his knowledge of computers and Hindu astrological planetary positions going back to 1600 AD into his research. His article “A Reality Check on Binnavathale Document” is based on this study which was published in "Spandana", the First ARKINA (Association of Ramakshatriyas in North America) Souvenir Magazine dated 7 Aug 2011. Read more about it and the conclusions drawn by Narasimha Kudlu...


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