The Ashtagrama Iyers are a group of Vadama Iyers
or South Indian Brahmins with their roots in the Ashtagrama villages situated in the Kolar
district of Karnataka
The Ancient history of this sect is not clearly known but it is believed thatin the early 16th century a few of the Iyers from the North Arcot and the Tanjavur
districts of Tamil Nadu migrated to the Ashtagrama group of villages, at the request of the existing government, as learned Priests, Vedic Scholars and Agriculturists. They soon transformed it from a once poor community, into a well-educated and prosperous one.
Ashtagrama (literally,'eight villages') consists of several villages which are located in the Valley of the Palar River
, which flows through the Kolar district into Tamil Nadu. The 10 villages on the North side of the river are Cholagunte, Doddiganahalli, Devarayasamudra, Gangigunte, Honnagaanahalli, Kothamangala, Minijenahalli, Thattangunte, Vijalapura and Yelagundanahalli. The remainder of the villages, Aralakunte, Chamarahalli, Gangapura, Hunkunda and Shillangeri are on the southern side of the river. Though the Iyers form the majority of the population all these villages show communal diversity.Main business of Ashtagram Iyers is hotel business, many of them scattered across southern karnataka and established their hotels.Major population of Ashtagram Iyers stay in Kolar, Bangalore and USA.
Customs and beliefs
Most of the customs of the Ashtagrama Iyers remain the same as... Read More