Sanskrit Speaking Village
A place called Mattur (Shimoga district) in Karnataka is where the people speak only Sanskrit!
As soon as you enter this village, you are greeted with:
“Bhavatha nam kim” – What is your name?
“Katham asti” – How are you?
“Coffee va chaayam kim ichchhati bhavan” – What will you have, coffee or tea?
So, isn’t it a sweet language!
In this place, people still converse in classical language- Sanskrit!
This Sanskrit speaking village lies on the bank of Tunga river in Karnataka where everybody lives a Vedic lifestyle and beauty flourishes all the way!
Some unknown facts about this beautiful Sanskrit speaking village!
- Sanskrit came into this village in the year 1981.
- Sanskrita Bharati was an organization which widely promotes classical language had organized a 10-day Sanskrit workshop. Pejawar Mutt used to attend it near Udipi.
- Seeing the participation, it became the most wanted village with every Sanskrit as the base!
- The chief profession of Mattur is agriculture and the primarily cultivates are Areca nuts and paddy.
- It is mainly inhabited by the Sankethis, an ancient Brahmin community that migrated from Kerala. Finally, they settled down in Mattur which was approximately around 600 years ago.
- Sanskrit people living in Mattur speak a rare dialect called Sankethi. It is a mixture of Sanskrit, Tamil, Kannada and a little bit of Telugu language as well.
- The Sankethi dialect has no written script and is read in the Devanagari script. So far, the first and last such language.
- The village of Mattur is built as a square just like an agraharam.
- under the careful supervision of village elders (Vedas), students learn them meticulously in 5- year course.
- Another interesting fact about Mattur village is the Sanskrit graffiti on the walls of the houses in Mattur.
- The slogans painted on the walls are ancient quotes such as “Maarge swachchataya virajate, grame sujanaha virajante”. It means “Cleanliness is as important for a road as good people are for the village”.
- Some families also have the sign “You can speak Sanskrit in this house” proudly written on their doors.
Effect on profession life of people
- This Sanskrit dominant place Mattur has produced over 30 Sanskrit professors so far. Their professors are teaching in Kuvempu, Bengaluru, Mysore, and Mangalore universities.
- Moreover, the wonderful place is also the home village of several illustrious personalities. It includes Mathoor Krishnamurthy of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore, violinist Venkataram, and gamaka exponent H.R. Keshavamurthy.
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