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Origin - PudurDravida Community


There are many versions regarding our Origin and migration. But the most popular and available version is by "Sri Vedam Venkataraya Sastry" in his book on PD's after a lot or research. I am providing some relevant information from that.

As per the information given in the “Article” written by Sree Vedam Venkataraya Sastry (BABA), grand son of the grate Maha Mahopadhyaya Sree Vedam Venkataraya Sastry (SENIOR) and published in the month of July,1978, the following matter is available:

1) He has written an essay  earlier for ‘VIKRAMA SIMHAPURI (NELLORE) MANDALA SARVASVAM’ and it was published in 1963.

2) Pudur Dravidians talk Tamil in their houses, but they limit it’s usage to the house, but for all day to day affairs they adopt the language of the place where they live. They have contributed a lot to Telugu Literature.

3) Long back Four meetings of  “ Pudur Dravida  Brahmins” were conducted. Amongst them one was presided by Maha Mahopadhyaya  Vedam  Venkataraya Sastry {senior}, for another Sri Vajjala Raghunadha Sastry and for the Fourth one which was conducted in the month of May, 1920 was presided by Sri Chadalawada Sundara Rama Sastry garu.  In between for the third one, there is no information about who presided that meeting.

4) There is no authenticated or written information, reason and how the name of PUDUR DRAVIDIANS has come.

5) As it came from age old here-say evidence, felt, belief, usage –That our fore fathers hailed from southern parts of the then Tamil Nadu. Our fore fathers used to live in an Agraharam called “KANDRA MANIKYAM”. This place belonged to Tanjore District, Kumbha Konam (Kumbheswara Puram) and might have been nearer to it. Even now among Dravida Brahmins living in that region”KANDRAMANIKYA BRUHACHHARANAM” a sect is prevailing.

6) Normally persons belonging to Kandramanikya Bruhachharanam sect were Scholors, Veda experts, Thaponidhis, Agama kovidas etc., They were all honored  by the kings of that time.

7) There are five divisions among the Dravidians migrated from Tamilnadu in those times to Telugunadu:  they are Pudur, Thumma gunta, Konaseema(Peruru}, Dhimiri and Arama.

8) In Nellore region Pudur and Thummagunta Dravidians are more, whereas  both from Godavari and Visakhapatnam other three are living.

9) Due to local adoptions, living conditions and several other reasons among  Konaseema, Dhimiri and Arama dravidas more Andhra (telugu) Brahmins culture has crept in and almost they forgot their Tamil language.

10) Pudur is a small village near Naidupet and Thummagunta is a village near Nellore .

11) Pudur and Thummagunta Dravidas has more similarities in their Havana cultures, rituals, marriage and certain other ceremonies.

12) In southern Tamilnadu many do not have “House Names” {Inti perulu} whereas PD’s have this in usage.

13) PUDUR can be split as PUDU [new in tamil] and VUR [place/village in tamil]. It shows that initially when they have migrated they kept this name as they do not have knowledge of Telugu at that point of time and they named it as per their Tamil language.

14) To know the time of migration some attempts are made and they are depending on several facts. A lot of research has to be done in this regard to arrive at a probable and correct time. History was not written in that angle. We have to depend on various factors, happenings, revenue records, inscriptions, daana sasanams, literature etc., etc.,

15) The author quoted that Chadalawada Sundararama Sastry in his speech in the year 1920 felt that the migration might have been a thousand years earlier.

16) Normally in Tamilnadu “SOLAR SYSTEM” is used in Panchangam{Almalnac} and “LUNAR SYSTEM” by  Andhra Telugu people. PD’s are now following Lunar system means a lot of time should have taken for change-over.


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Puduru Dravidas - A Short History - by Sri Vedam Venkata Raman garu - Nellore