VALLALAR KARUNEEGAR WELFARE WING

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Is started by group of likeminded people of Karuneegars spread across Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Andhrapradesh with the main purpose of Our mission is to bring about an upliftment of the Karuneegar community as a whole. For the betterment of our community we have identified two areas of service: Matrimony and employment. Through our matrimony service we have created a platform for our community to meet potential life partners and create new fulfilling relationships.We strive for the highest quality of free service towards our community members with a sense of warmth, understanding and respect.


• co-ordinating and helping the members of the community in finding a good MATRIMONIAL alliance within the community.,
• Helping the younger generation to find a good Job.
• Intend to start MICRO Finance through Crowd funding, for the younger generation of startup Entrepreneurs., help BPL member family in need for education or hospitallisation purpose.,
• Our WOMEN’S Wing shall co-ordinate in educating and sharing the required knowledge among themselves.
• WE AIM to reach and connect all FAMILIES across the globe, by atleast one member of the family registering their name with us.
• We hope to ultimately link all the members with a chain link under a Geneological Family Tree, online.
• All the services rendered Now and planned for the future, is DONE AT FREE OF COST, to all the registered KARUNEEGAR members.
The members can “VOLUNTARY DONATE “ to any cause/ project which shall be notified.

VALLALAR

The present generation may not be knowing about our GURU
So I am introducing our beloved...Saint Ramalinga Swamigal 1823-1874

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  Ramalinga Swamigal, popularly known as Vallalar, was one of the most notable saints on the Indian sub-continent during the 19th century. He was born on October 5, 1823, in Marudur near Chidambaram into a Hindu Saivite family, the fifth child and last son of his father Ramayya Pillai and mother Chinnammayyar. It is said she had borne him in her womb after she received Vibhuthi, the sacred ash of blessings from an unknown guest of honor, a Siva Yogi who blessed her with a son like himself. Vallalar left the world on January 30, 1874 at age 51. When he was only six months old his father died and Ramalinga was brought up under the auspices and tutelage of his elder brother, who, it has been said, had a good working knowledge of religious things.
  From very early in his childhood Swamigal was attracted toward Shiva Bhakti, arriving at his more mature religious decisions without formal education, indoctrination, or guru. He was somehow aware of the numerous scriptures and literature, exhibiting a full understanding of their context and philosophy. Followers say his knowledge was through divine grace, staying all alone in a room provided with only a lamp and mirror for days on end. At the age of 27, he was married to one Danammal. Marital life did not distract him from his religious duty, moving to Vadalur, where he set Gnana Sabha and Dharma Salai. As an ardent sycophant of bhakti he was a relentless critic of practice based on birth, class, status or privilege. He had no regard for the ‘Puranas’, ‘Vadas’, and the ‘Agamas’. He worshiped god as light (jyothi) and was a man of utmost love and compassion for all the living creatures. It is said that he would weep at the sight of even a withering crop. He firmly believed in anna dana or free offering of food.

Karuneegar

Sutramulu and Gothras

The information regarding Sutramulu/Sutras, the Vedas they followed and the number of gothras in each Sutram is given below. There are six Sutras.

1. Aapasthamba Sutram, the Veda is Krishna Yajurvedam and number of Gothras are 10.
2. Asvalayana Sutram, the Veda is Rugvedam and the number of Gothras are 11.
3. Thrahyayana Sutram, the Veda is Adarvana Vedam and the number of Gothras are 11.
4. Kathyayana Sutram, the Veda is Adarvana Vedam and the number of Gothras are 11.
5. Bodhayana Sutram, the Veda is Samavedam and the number of Gothras are 11.
6. Vaikhanasa Sutram,the Veda is Adarvana Vedam and the number of Gothras 10.

* There are 64 Gothras in Seer Karuneegar caste.
* Each Sutra contains 11 or 10 Gothras and also mentions the Vedas they followed.
* There is also mention of 5.5 or 6.0 Pangu or Bagamulu(Divisions) related to Gothras.

Karuneegar Gothrams

All the Gothras in Sutras: Aapasthamba, Asvalayana and Vaikhanasa belong to 6.0 Pangu.

Gothras of Aapasthamba Sutram

* Athri Maharshi
* Alachala Maharshi
* Kathaka Maharshi
* Niranga Maharshi
* Anjali Maharshi
* Agasthya Maharshi
* Kurava Maharshi
* Vakrutha Maharshi
* Angidha Maharshi
* Ashtakona Maharshi

Gothras of Asvalayana Sutram

* Vyaghra Maharshi
* Vamadeva Maharshi
* Bhrugu Maharshi
* Sprugu Maharshi
* Gouthama Maharshi
* Aurulala Maharshi
* Dhunmuka Maharshi
* Parasara Maharshi
* Sthula Maharshi
* Adhimuni Maharshi
* Dhurvasa Maharshi

Gothras of Vaikhanasa Sutram

* Janaka Maharshi
* Pararuchi Maharshi
* Madhava Maharshi
* Vindu Maharshi
* Vashishta Maharshi
* Markanda Maharshi
* Manu Maharshi
* Valmiki Maharshi
* Deva Maharshi
* Mareechi Maharshi

All the Gothras in Sutras: Thrahyayan, Kathyayana and Bodhayana belong to 5.5. Pangu

Gothras of Thrahyayana Sutram

* Vedavyasa Maharshi
* Padhalochana Maharshi
* Sanathkumara Maharshi
* Jamadhagni maharshi
* Salya Maharshi
* Divyanga Maharshi
* Seera Maharshi
* Kalaba Maharshi
* Gowda Maharshi
* Jaya Maharshi
* Pathanjali Maharshi

Gothras of Kathyayana Sutram

* Kapila Maharshi
* Kanva Maharshi
* Raada Maharshi
* Pushpaka Maharshi
* Rishyashruanga Maharshi
* Sathya Maharshi
* Bhugala Maharshi
* Priyavakya Maharshi
* Romasha Maharshi
* Shivamitra Maharshi
* Kamandala Maharshi

Gothras of Bodhayana Sutram

* Munjakesha Maharshi
* Shivayoga Maharshi
* Shuka Maharshi
* Bhujanga Maharshi
* Kashyapa Maharshi
* Sutha Maharshi
* Gomuni Maharshi
* Naradha Maharshi
* Viswamitra Maharshi
* Meenava Maharshi
* Bharadhwaja Maharshi

Gothras of Vaikhanasa Sutram

* Janaka Maharshi
* Pararuchi Maharshi
* Madhava Maharshi
* Vindu Maharshi
* Vashishta Maharshi
* Markanda Maharshi
* Manu Maharshi
* Valmiki Maharshi
* Deva Maharshi
* Mareechi Maharshi

About Karuneegar

About 2000 years ago,during vallalar Pandiyan period Seer Karuneegar Puranam was written by poet Paarisanadhar. In sanskrit other books about Karuneegar are the following

Bramanda Puranam

Adithya Puranam

Saurakadha

Atharva veda surya sagasandhi

Kanaka smrithi..

Sub-sectors in Karuneegar

Seer Karunnegar

Sarattu Karuneegar

Kaikatum Karuneegar

Atharva veda suryasagasandhi

Madhvazhi Karuneegar

Chitragupta

  The presiding God in the temple is Chitraguptar and the consort of the presiding God is Karnikaambaal. This temple is situated in Kanchipuram. The consort of the presiding God (Lord Chitragupta) is named Karnikambal. There are separate holy places in the temple devoted to God Selva Vinayaka, Goddess Vishnu Durga and the nine holy planets. It is a very popular temple. It is a temple devoted to Lord Chitragupta who is the next rightful heir to the throne of Lord Kethu. It is a temple known for removing the defects caused by the impact of Kethu on a person. This temple is the only sacred place devoted to Lord Chitraguptar. There is an idol in the sanctum- sanctorum of the temple (of Lord Chitragupta). The idol presents Lord Chirtragupta sitting his divine seat holding a nail (used for writing on palm leaves) in his right hand and a palm leaf on his left hand.

  When the temple festival is held to mark the full- moon day in the Tamil month of Chithirai there is a grand marriage procession of the Lord and his consort Karnikambal. Lord Chitragupta, the presiding God in the temple hails from the Sun God. He maintains a record of good and evil deeds of all creatures of the world including mankind) and assists the God of Death in his divine work.

 Lord Chitraguptar belongs to our karuneegar caste. In Shiva temple the accountant made some mistakes in accounts and he was caught by the king. At that time,Lord Shiva appeared as accountant and saved the treasurer. In olden period MANIMEGALAI,SEETHALAI SATHANAR,NAKEERAR also belong to karuneegar caste. Vinayagar wrote"MAHABHARATHAM" story and he got a name as Pillaiyar. So our main occupation is accountant from olden days.

Beliefs

Karuneegars believe that they are descendants of Chitragupta. His wife is Karnagi Amman. Karuneegars are part of Kayastha family. The history of the Karuneegars are recorded in Karuneegar Puranam. There is a temple for Chitra Gupta in Kanchpuram.

Locations

They are mainly concentrated in Tamil Nadu. But they are also located in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and other states.

Tamil Nadu:

  Karuneegar Population varies in different districts of Tamil Nadu. It is believed that Karuneegars are more concentrated in northern districts of Tamil Nadu. The south Tamil nadu have many Pillai but they are not thought to belong to Karuneegars.

Andhra :

In Andhra Pradesh, they are called Karnams. They speak Telugu as well as Tamil esp. Chittoor region.

Karnataka:

Some Karuneegars are predominantly found in Southern Districts of Karnataka.

Kerala:

They are also found in Kerala. Typically Menons are Karuneegars of Kerala.

Other States:

They also inhibit various parts of India like mumbai, delhi and other states of India.

World Wide:

There are also Karuneegars who live in US,UK,Australia and other countries.

Occupation

Occupation varies by people. Karuneegars mostly followed Accountancy/Mathematics in old times. These days they are in different occupations. Mathematics is natural in blood. Some of the subcaste named 'kanakkar' which is meaned in Tamil as " Mathematician "

Ancestry & Caste

'Introduction:'

The Ancestry is concluded with various perspectives. Different Relationships in different ways. Related by honorary title name "Pillai" & caste towards other divisions/communities of pillai. Related by Saivism with other subdivisions known to be "Saiva Pillai". Related by the blood towards  "Kayastha and its divisions". The Relationships should not be confused. 

'Kayastha:' 

Kayastha is the mother caste of Karuneegar. There are also striking similarities like worship of chitragupta etc. Both Kayastha and Karuneegar caste believe that they are descendants of Chitragupta (Please see Beliefs listed above). Kayastha's origin are believed to be brahmins who practiced kshatriya by occupation. Karuneegar Sangams has articles which confirm Karuneegar caste's lineage in Kayastha.  There are indirect conclusions which can be drawn based on certain references. The Karuneegars are known as Karnams in Andhra Pradesh. There is a caste named Karanam or Karana in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa whose primary jobs are village head or village accountants. This Karana is part of Kayastha according to Kayastha community and Karana community. The surnames of Karana are Patnaik etc. which are recognized as part of Kayastha community.

Saiva Pillai:'

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It is claimed that Karuneegar is a part of Saiva Pillai. Saiva Pillai is a part of big Pillai community. But there are also claims that Karuneegar itself a separate community of Pillai instead falling under Saiva Pillai. See Pillai, Karuneegar & Matrimony below

'Pillai, Karuneegar & Matrimony:' 

Karuneegar Pillai is one of the classifications of Pillai according to matrimonial services. The listing is seen as Pillai--> Karuneegar, eg. KM Matrimony (Kalyanamaalai). 

'Pillai, Karuneegar & Kayastha:'

It is said that pillai itself a part of Kayastha which is questionable to some people. Pillai started as title but it became a separate community. There are controversies whether whole pillai community is part of kayastha. Some people said, only karuneegar is part of kayastha which received 'pillai' title (the honorary title) name in old times resulting as a community name 'Karuneegar Pillai'.

'Kayastha's Misconception of considering Whole Pillai:'

According to Kayastha, which recognizes the communities by surname mistakenly considers people with pillai surname as Kayastha. This confusion comes because castes are recognized by surnames in North India. So Kayastha mistakenly considers people with pillai as Kayastha. However the system in Southern India is different. Different castes received title names making it a different. So Karuneegars have Pillai as surname. Pillai originated as title name as people were honoured for the excellence in the courts of kings. So do some of the castes received title name which was confused to family name by kayastha. Moreover only Karuneegars have the beliefs of Kayastha and other commonness. The other divisions of pillai doesn't worhsip chitragupta and people of other divisions doesn't have commonness with kayastha. The Karuneegars' closest relatives are karnams who are related to kayastha as well.  So Only Karuneegar division of Pillai is the true Kayastha and not the other divisions of Pillai

'Conclusion:'

In Short Karuneegars are Pillais by honorary title, Saiva Pillai by Saivism, Kayasthas by blood. Karuneegars belong to Pillai caste, recognized as Saiva Pillais and considered as a part of Kayastha. They are known to belong to all these three different ones.

References

Karuneega Mithiran (monthly)
Karuneega Nalavazhvu (monthly)
Karuneegar caste and its Divisions ( Schedule I, Part A, No:53 )- ''Tamil Nadu State And Subordinate'', http://www.tn.gov.in/acts-rules/pandar/tnsssr.web.htm