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Did You Know: People of This Village Only Speak in ‘Sanskrit’!

Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - May 25, 2016, 00:01 IST
  • Did You Know: People of This Village Only Speak in ‘Sanskrit’!
  • Did You Know: People of This Village Only Speak in ‘Sanskrit’!
  • Did You Know: People of This Village Only Speak in ‘Sanskrit’!
  • Did You Know: People of This Village Only Speak in ‘Sanskrit’!
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For many of us, the purest of all languages that our Gods used to speak, Sanskrit has almost become ancient. Apart from its lessons in Schools and colleges, you don’t find people conversing in this language.
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Mattur Village
Mattur Village
Mattur Village
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Mattur Village
Mattur Village
Mattur Village
As you enter the village, you will be greeted with ‘Bhavatha nam kim’, which means what is your name. Next you will be asked ‘coffee va chaayam kim ichchhathi bhavan’, meaning what will you have, coffee or tea. 
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Mattur Village
Mattur Village
Mattur Village
Instead of ‘Hello’, people of this village prefer using ‘Hari Om’ and for how are you they say ‘Katham asti’.
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Mattur Village
Mattur Village
Mattur Village
Everybody here -men, women, children, literate or illiterate - freely speaks Sanskrit. What is most shocking is that even the Muslim families converse in Sanskrit here comfortably.
 
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Mattur Village
Mattur Village
Mattur Village
Walls of this village is full of Sanskrit slogans like ‘Maarge swachchataya virajate, grame sujanaha virajante’, which means ‘cleanliness is as important for a road as good people are for the village’. Other slogans like ‘keep the temple premises clean’, ‘keep the river clean’ and ‘trees are the nation’s wealth’ are also written in Sanskrit.
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Mattur Village
Mattur Village
Mattur Village
The grocery stores bottles and bags bear Sanskrit labels.
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Mattur Village
Mattur Village
Mattur Village
History

The village has preserved its legacy that was handed down by Vedic scholars, who were the original settlers at Palghat in Kerala.
 
When they decided to move north, they found the banks of the river Cauvery and Tunga most suitable to continue their rituals and traditions. While a few of them settled down in Hassan district, others came to Mattur and Hosahalli.
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Mattur Village
Mattur Village
Mattur Village
According to the Village’s history, in 1512, Vijayanagar's emperor had gifted ancient Vedic studies and Sanskrit inscriptions on copper plates that have been preserved by the archeology department. In 1981, Sanskrit Bharati, an organisation promoting classical language had conducted a Sanskrit workshop here. Because of these reasons, Sanskrit has survived as a spoken language here. Today, the village is popularly known as the ‘Sanskrit Village’. 
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Mattur Village
Mattur Village
Mattur Village
Study Structure
 
Study of Sanskrit in Mattur begins at the Montessori level, where children are taught rhymes and stories in the language. Sanskrit is a compulsory subject in both primary and high schools of the village. A Sanskrit school has been set up to teach the language to a large number of outsiders who flock to the village to learn.
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Mattur Village
Mattur Village
Mattur Village
 
Mattur has produced over 30 Sanskrit professors who are teaching in Kuvempu, Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore Universities, besides many software engineers. Among the illustrious personalities from the village are Mathoor Krishnamurthy of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore, violinist Venkataram, and gamaka exponent H.R. Keshavamurthy.

 
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Mattur Village
Mattur Village
Indeed Mattur is an undiscovered Indian treasure, which is truly amazing. Places like these make us believe that we are such a rich country in terms of culture and heritage.

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