Monday, June 26, 2006

Walkeshwar Kashi Math Renovation

A Mail from Nagesh Pai :

A message to the community

Dear Bandhavas,

About Walkeshwar Kashi Math, Mumbai:

Situated on the banks of the holy Banaganga Tank, the Kashi Math branch, Mumbai premises at Walkeshwar is a very holy site for all GSBs. The Math was founded by H. H. Srimad Madhavendra Teertha Swamiji, the 7th Pontiff of Sri Kashi Math Samsthaan in the 18th Century.

The place is also known to be one of its three kinds - A jeevantha samaadhi of a Saint, since Srimad Madhavendra Teertha Swamiji Attained Jeevanth Samaadhi at this very place which is now adorned by a beautiful Vrindavan with Lord Hanuman Gracing it. ( the other two are of Saint Dnyaneshwar at Alandi, Maharashtra, and of Raghavendra Swamiji at Mantralayam, karnataka) The site is hence extremely holy and is one of the pillars of our strong culture

The Project:
Due to its proximity to the Sea shore and exposure to the saline breeze, the repair work of the building is long due for which the estimated project cost is about Rs. 18 to 20 Lacs.

Donations towards the same are solicited from Samaj Bandhavas as well as wellwishers of the Samaj from not just Mumbai or India, but all over the Globe.

Donation cheques may be drawn in favour of "WALKESHWAR SRI KASHI MATH" and may be mailed to the following address.

c/o Mr. Hemprakash Shenoy
Hon. Secretary, Walkeshwar Sri Kashi Math
85, Banaganga Road, Walkeshwar, Mumbai - 400 006
phone: 2362 2903

I would be glad to provide any further information with regards to this. My contacts are as below Nagesh Ramachandra Pai Mobile 93222 51829 May Lord Vyasa Raghupati and Lord Narasimha bless our community through the Lotus feet of our Guru Srimad Sudhindra Teertha Swamiji.Holy Regards, Nagesh Pai

Nagesh Ramachandra Pai
Mobile 93222 51829

May Lord Vyasa Raghupati and Lord Narasimha bless our community through the Lotus feet of our Guru Srimad Sudhindra Teertha Swamiji.

Holy Regards,
Nagesh Pai

Monday, January 23, 2006

Mail From Umesh Kamath


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Many students are complaining against NIIT in the below given site
which proves NIIT's unfair trade practice,

Your help is very crucial. Please sign the petition and forward to as
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Umesh Kamath

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Email from Hansel Rego Cordeiro

Email from Hansel Rego Cordeiro


I figured that I would direct this question to you
since your web page is so knowledgable about GSBs.

Anyway, I come from the Rego family, which has lived
in Codialbail Managlore for a while. My family was
converted by the Portuguese when they invaded India. I
have traced everyone from the Mangalore region with
the Rego surname back to the 1700s. They all originate
from a man called Pedro Naik of Derebail. Later
generations took the name of Nayak, till finally they
adopted Catholic names.

Now my question to you is what sort of a last name is
Naik? I have been getting conflicting viewpoints on
this name.

First, I have read (and heard from my family) that
Naik in Managlore is a Brahmin last name and that we
are Sarasvat Brahmins (originally from U.P. that
gradually moved away when the river dried up), I dont
know if we are GSB's but I did see the Naik name in
one of your posts, as well as with the Sarasvat
Brahmin denomination on many matrimonial posts.

Second I have read that Naik's are Unalvir Brahmins (I
think that is the term) which mean Not Not Bad
Brahmins in Sanskrit or something to that effect.

Essentially, from what I read, after Ram was coming
back from defeating Ravanna he stopped in Mangalore
and was told to make a sacrifice there. There were no
Brahmins around and so he called some Brahmins down
there and they performed the sacrifice for him. But
when he gave them alms they refused it on the basis
that they couldnt take alms for doing their duty as
priests, and to that extent he called them Unalvir

Naik's, in being part of this group never took alms
but rather worked as soldier farmers, and other
governmental posts usually reserved for Kshatriyas.
This story however had Naik and other Unalvir Brahmins
having their original home in Gujarat and then moving
to Mangalore and Maharashtra once the Muslims invaded.

This story ends on the note that since the Naik's
frequently worked in government and military
positions, the last name was then later distributed to
other castes and religions who worked in those
positions, including Muslims (thus there are Naik's in
Pakistan) and also non-Brahmin Naik's. The story also
however referred to the fact that Desai was a Brahmin
last name, with a similar history to Naik, which was
then distributed to other castes and religions.

The third story that I read is that Naik was a sort of
military title and that the name was given to

Sorry for the long email, but I really do hope that
you can assist me on this matter or guide me to
someone or some source that can help me.

Basically, the fact I do know is that my original last
name before conversion was Naik, but I do not know
exactly what caste it falls in, or what specific type
of group within the caste I belong to (i.e. Kanyakubj,
Unalvir, GSB, SB). These questions are important to me
as not only will it help me trace my family history,
but further I also plan on retaking my original Hindu
last name, and would appreciate knowing what caste and
subcaste it fell into.

Thanks for your help in advance,
Hansel Rego Cordeiro