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Padmashali
ಪದ್ಮಶಾಲಿ
Total population
90,00,000 (estimated)
Regions with significant populations
Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu,
Languages
Telugu
Religion
AUM symbol, the primary (highest) name of the God as per the Vedas.svg Hinduism

Padmashali (Telugu: ಪದ್ಮಶಾಲಿ) is a Hindu artisan community, brahmanical in origin, Predominantly found in South Indian States. The community members are traditionally weavers specialised in making clothes of all kinds. They engage priests among themselves, instead of Brahmins for performing all rites and rituals and also perform services as temple Priests.

Origin

The term Padmashali is derived from two words Padma and Shali, The Padma means lotus and Shali means weaver. They support their Sanskrit origin with various myths and Puranas such as Kulapurana and Markandeya Purana.

The Padmashalis claim to be descendants from Bhrigu Rishi and Markandeya Rishi, Markandeya's son Bhavana Rishi who were born one hundred and one son; they took to weaving and the first clothes they wore was out of the fibres of the lotus stem so they came to be known as Padmashalis.

Padmashalis Today

The Padmashalis divided into two groups based on Sampradaya, being the Shaivas and the Vaishnavas and they worship both Shiva and Vishnu.

Although Padmashalis are related to Brahmins, they are considered as a backward (OBC) caste by the Indian government while forward caste in some states. The community is highly Sanskritised, with all men wearing the sacred thread and performing the similar rituals which Brahmins do, like Brahminical classes, their origin relates to sages as gothras.

The Padmashalis basically perform Brahmin rites and even today a group who are qualified as agama shastra pandits perform the poojas and vedic rites. They are identified as Padma Brahmins.

  • Telangana Padmashali Udyogula Sangam
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