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Encyclopedia > Bhojaka

Bhojaka is a class of Brahmin priests in Western India.


The Bhojakas are historically associated with several Jain temples in Gujarat and Rajasthan, where they serve as priests and attendants [1], [2].


In Gujarat, many of the prominent theater personalities have belonged to the Bhojaka community [3] .


Some Kadamba dynasty copperplates found in Karnataka mention Bhojakas as manages of Jain institutions. An ancient royal family of Karnataka, who ruled from their capital of Banavasi, later branched into Goa, Hanagal and Chandavar. ...


The most detailed account of the origin of Bhojakas occrrs in Bhavishya Purana, where they are mentioned as the descendants of the Maga priests (Magi) from Shakadvipa[4] . The Shakadvipi Brahmins of Bihar are considered to be closely related. These communities have historically served as the priests of the Sun god (Mitra in Sanskrit or Mihr in Persian, Mithra in Avestan). The Bhavishya Purana is an ancient Sanskrit text authored by Rishi Vyasa, the compiler of the Vedic texts. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Mitra (Proto-Indo-Iranian, nominative Mitras) was an important Indo-Iranian divinity, thought to be a guardian of oaths and agreements. ... Mithra (Avestan Miθra, modern Persian مهر Mihr, Mehr, Meher) is an important deity or divine concept (so called Yazata) in Zoroastrianism and later Persian mythology and culture. ...


Bhojas (or Bhojakas) are mentioned in the inscriptions of Maurya Ashoka and Kharavela. Their connection with the present Bhojaka community is not clearly known [5] . Chandragupta Maurya (ruled 322–298 BC), known to the Greeks as Sandracottus, was the first emperor of the Mauryan empire. ... Allegiance: Magadhan Empire Rank: Emperor Succeeded by: Dasaratha Maurya Reign: 273 BC-232 BC Place of birth: Pataliputra, India Battles/Wars Kalinga War Emperor Ashoka the Great (Devanagari: अशोक(:); IAST transliteration: , pronunciation: ) (304 BC–232 BC) (Imperial Title:Devanampiya Piyadassi ie He who is the beloved of the Gods who, in... Kharavela (209- after 170 BC) was a powerful king of Kalinga in India during the 2nd century BC, and the third king of the Chedi dynasty. ...


External Links

  • Shakadvipi Community website. Includes quotes from Bhavishya Purana

References

  1. ^ People of India By Kumar Suresh Singh, N. N. Vyas, B. K. Lavania, Dipak Kumar Samanta, S. K. Mandal, published 1998, Popular Prakashan, ISBN 8171547699
  2. ^ Jains in the World: Religious Values and Ideology in India By John E. Cort, Published 2001 Oxford University Press, ISBN 0195132343
  3. ^ http://www.webindia123.com/GUJARAT/Arts/danmusic.htm
  4. ^ http://shakaldwipi.emmessrealtor.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=63&FORUM_ID=1&CAT_ID=1&Forum_Title=Sakadwipi+Web+System&Topic_Title=History+of+Shakdwipi+Brahmins
  5. ^ http://www.maharashtra.gov.in/english/gazetteer/Nanded/his1.html

 
 

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