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THE CASTES AND TRIBES
H. E. H. THE NIZAM'S DOMINIONS
SYED SIRAJ UL HASSAN
Of Merton College, Oxford, Trinity College, Dublin, and
Middle Temple, London.
One of the Judges of H. E. H. the Nizam's High Court
of Judicature : Lately Director of Public Instruction.
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The Malvi Brahmans are found scattered in small numbers all over the Marathawada Districts. They are immigrants from Malwa and the adjoining country and hence are called Malvi Brahmans. They belong to the Boudhayana Shakha (included in the Vajaseniya) of the Shukla Yajmveda and have eponymous sections of the same character as other Yajurvedi Brahmans. Being outsiders, as well as being deficient in their acharas, they are generally considered degraded by the Maratha Brahmans, and are not admitted to the communion of food. They are Shaivas and their tutelary deities are Bhavani of Tuljapur and Mahur and Khandoba of Jejuri. Narsinha and Vyankatesh are also revered. They are priests, shop-keepers, culti- vators, artizans, astrologers and jagirdars.