Political rivalry: Ezhavas for 30% Kerala population and Nairs, about 10–15%! Nairs have fared better than . A brief history on rise of Ezhava assertiveness. Ezhava (or Elava in Tamil rich old Malayalam) literally means people from Elam or Elanka or just Lanka, todays Sri Lanka. Ezhavas were. The group shares a common history from the pre-social reform era, [citation needed] Most theories of origin for the Ezhavas suggest a Sri.

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Membership had reached 50, by and 60, bybut Nossiter notes that, “From the Vaikom satyagraha onwards the SNDP had stirred the ordinary Ezhava without materially improving his position. Vintage Level Vintage Store. Although Ezhavas performed mostly the hisory associated with Sudra varnathey were considered as avarna or outcaste by hisory Nambudiri Brahmins who formed the Hindu clergy and ritual ruling elite in late medieval Kerala. How could any one say that those who worshiped Lord Madan or a Chattan is not a Hindu while those who worshiped Kali is?

Some Ezhavas remained wealthy and some others became masters in various fields such martial arts Kalaripayattu, Marma Kalari, etc.

Above details were heard from my ancestors who were the descendants of Pappan Chekavar Kottaram vydyan and Kalarippayyattu expert. Ezhava folk songs, the Vadakkan Pattukal, composed about hundred years ago, described military exploits of Ezhava heroes.

Standing round a traditional lamp, the performers dance in eighteen different hostory and rhythms, each phase called a niram.

History of Ezhava

They sought the right to be treated as worthy of an English education and for jobs in government administration to be open to them. The earliest use of the word, is ezhavva in a Tamil Brahmi inscription as well as in the Sangam literature, both dateable to the dawn of the Christian era. That phase of Buddhism in histort was coined as ” Tantric buddhism “. As per Elamkulam P. There is a hypothesis that Ezhavas are descendants of Buddhists from Sri Lanka, or emissaries from the Magadhan empire who refused to convert to Hinduism.


Sandalwood paste on the forehead, a red towel round the head, red silk around the waist and bells round the ankles form the costume. It is also performed by Christians and some other Hindu communities. The family live together as a mother, her brothers and younger sisters, and her children. This was made the kula thozhil by the Brahminical overlords who wanted to control the community, actually Thiyyas Ezhavas were still are involved in many other fields like traditional medicine, martial arts, astrology, philosophy etc.

Ezhavas were well known Warriors, Kalari trainers and traders. See more of Ezhava on Facebook. Heniger, Ezhavas otherwise called silgostree climbers, also bound to wars and arms.

Check date values in: Buddhist temples and monasteries were either destroyed or taken over for use in Hindu practices, thus undermining the ability of the Buddhists to propagate their beliefs.

Although Brahmin influences had existed in the area since at least the 1st-century AD, there was a large influx from around the 8th-century when they acted as priests, counsellors and ministers to invading Aryan princes. You are commenting using your WordPress. Social Mobility In Kerala: They are considered to be descendants of Villavar the founders of ancient Dravidian Chera Dynasty who once ruled parts of southern India.

History of Ezhava – Sree Narayana Gurudevan

And for those who tried to stay Buddhist were psychologically pushed into isolation and made backward castes and gradually made into a lower caste. This was happening when so many Nambuthiri girls where remaining as spinsters.

The ceremony of accepting Buddhism is actually a plea yachana to a Buddhist teacher to take the person as a student.

They arrived from the northern parts of Karnataka and started to flourish here. In reality, most Ezhavas were agricultural labourers and small-time cultivators, with a substantial number diverging into the production of coir products, such as coconut mats for flooring, from towards the end of the 19th century.


Kalari Panickers from an Ezhava tharavaad based at Kulathoor were trainers of famous Ettuveetil Pillamars, and their descendants have looked after the Chamundi Devi Kalari devatha temple at Thozhuvancode, Thiruvananthapuram. Great Marthandavarma honored and named him Renakeerthy Chekavar after capturing Kayamkulam kingdom. Mannanar dynasty of Malabar are the royal families of Ezhavas who maintained their royal status even after the Brahmanization of Kerala.

Manavikraman Zamorin of Kozhikode in Sree Narayana Guru described the conversion since he said that they were made for materialistic or temporary benefits, convenience, or as an escape from discrimination and religious persecution. In this, a group of eight performers, two each, twin around each other like serpents and rise up, battling with sticks.

For Ezhavas, Billavas and other similar communities, these sacred forest could be found in any corner of the Tharavadu except the eastern side while other communities like the Nairs found them in the southwest corner of the Tharavadu. Creative General Origin of Ezhavas and histoey Dravidian link. Home Talk Property Beat. Great Sreenarayana guru said ‘Hinduism is sufficient for Ezhavas’ and it has no use of religious conversion.

They help each other.

Syrian Christians, allowed by the Hindu leaders to have their own private armies, recruited Ezhava members due in part to this tradition.

I could see Raju Sir getting all worked up. Ina petition with more than 13, signature was submitted to the government asking for the recognition of the right of the Ezhavas to enter the government service; the upper caste Hindus of the state prevailed upon the Maharajah not to concede the request.

At that time buddhism was already prevalent in Kerala. Pullapilly describes that this meant the Ezhavas, not being among the group protecting the Jains, became out-castes. Famous Ezhava Vaidyar Sri C.