DEVANGA IN INDIA


I did a lot of reserch about devanga community. this community mainly present in gujarath, karnataka, tamilnadu , andra pradesh , telangana , kerala , maharastra , west bengal , pondicherry,]
In karnataka devangas nearly 6 million in number , Khatris are North Indian weavers dominant caste in Punjab Delhi Gujarat

DEVANGA CHARITHRA
Devanga Charithra or the history and the origin of Devangas was written in the Brahmanda Purana of Maha Puranas thousands of years ago. With the passage of time the Charitra was interpreted in different languages, as Devangas migrated from place to place across India. While the central theme remained unchanged, the story seemed to have undergone modifications through the ages. It was retold and written a number of times. Accordingly, several interesting versions of the Devanga Charithra have come to be known today and one of them is described below.
Devangas are believed to have originated from the body cells of Devala Maharshi, a sage and a devotee of Lord Siva. According to another view, Devangas had emerged from the body organs of Devas or the celestials and hence called 'Dev Angas'.
Long before the emergence of Devangas, the Devas or the celestials were roaming naked. They had their persons covered only by ornaments much to the chagrin of Asuras, who chased, heckled and made fun of them all the time. Their life became so miserable that only Lord Siva could bring them relief. The Lord summoned one of the greatest of all sages, Devala Maharshi and ordained to create robes for the Devas.
Devala Maharshi set about to explore the daunting project of making clothes for the thirty three crore strong Devas . But the Asuras blocked his route by throwing boulders and tree trunks. They even plotted to kill the Sage by inducting the mightiest of Asuras, Mahishasura .
The Demon Mahishasura contended that Devala Maharshi was not his peer . He charged his army generals instead . They were seven in number and each one of them was distinct by an exclusive colour. They had earlier stolen the bow of Indra or the Indra Dhanus and digested its colours. The generals attacked Devala Maharshi but could alone succeed in disabling and putting him to sleep.They asked Mahishasura to step in, lest the sage would rise from his slumber and launch a counter attack.
Hurt by the failure of his generals, Mahishasura unleashed his brute force and plunged all the Deva Lokas in darkness. Chaos prevailed everywhere. Sage Narada who had been witnessing the events rushed to Lord Siva and sought Lord's intervention for the rescue of Deva Lokas.
Mahishasura was unassailable by virtue of his boons granted to him so liberally by Brahma, Siva and even Vishnu. Only an inconceivable weapon beyond the prowess of the divine trinity could kill Mahishasura. Lord Siva invoked a conference of the trinity. The three Lords, Brahma, Vishnu and Siva conceived Sakthi who appeared as Chamundeshwari riding a fierce lion. She had ten hands armed with ten diverse weapons.
Chamundeshwari's resplendence swept the darkness away instantly and flooded all the worlds with brilliant illumination. With his eyes dazzled , Mahishasura was awestruck and stood amazed. In a flash of action, Chamundeshwari struck the Asura with thrusts of her weapons and pierced his skin inflicting thousands of injuries. Blood spurted out from the Asura and sprouted like fountains.The slain Mahishasura fell with a thud and in the process crushed his seven generals underneath his mountainous frame.His blood condensed into long silken threads of yarn that had all the colours and hues of a rainbow blended into them.
Devala Maharshi rose, acclaimed Chamundeshwari as Mahishasuramardani and sang in praise. With Her blessings he picked up the bundles of yarn and proceeded to carry out his task uninterrupted. All he needed to do was only weave the thread into a cloth and with proper tools . He walked straight to the wonderful city of Maya, the master builder. Maya could materialize anything from thin air and arrived at an object,a tool, an instrument, a house, a mansion or even a mighty city. Devala Maharshi revealed his intention and asked for assistance. Maya was pleased and he designed a loom made out of wood drawn from the root of Parijatha Vriksham of Indra Loka. He explained its operation with hands and feet and with the participation of six indriyams or senses.
Devala Maharshi left the city of Maya, with the hand loom. From each cell of his body emerged a weaver and soon there were thousands of Devanga weavers both men and women who made replicas of the loom and began weaving rolls of fabric. Devala Maharshi wove the first piece of cloth or vasthram and proceeded to Kailasa to offer to Lord Siva. Enchanted by the beauty of the fabric, Goddess Parvathi received the cloth in admiration and draped it around Lord Siva and Herself .The divine duo showered ample blessings on Devala Maharshi.
Following Devala Maharshi, the Devanga weavers visited all the Deva Lokas and offered the woven cloth to the Devas. The Devas had their attire and were fully decorated. They were no more a laughing stock before the Asuras . They were immensely pleased and shared all their skills with Devangas who were blessed to be the most talented community of people on earth.

 Devanga Purana
History of DevangaDevanga is a sub-caste in Hinduism. They were one of the weaving castes in India. This page mainly deals with Devangas of Karnataka.OriginsDevangas are of Brahmanical origin. They are Prakrut Brahmins (meaning brahmins by birth). The majority of them are weavers of silk and cotton clothes.There were also famous Devang kings like Boja Raja of Ujjain (Uttar Pradesh, India). Many were also warriors during Vijayanagar times, according to warrior stones found in Hampi, Karnataka. Their native state was the kingdom of Ujjain where even to this day they form the major community. Their chief deity is Chowdeshwari(Chamundeshwari).They are Typical Kshatriyas of South and can be compared with the Rajput and Thakur of North.As is typical with other castes, Devangas became an endogamous unit of weavers, either due to caste rules or due to typical social conditions of India.[edit] Myth of originDevangas trace the origin of their weaving tradition to a sage called Devala Maharshi. According to tradition, Devala Maharishi was the first person to weave the cotton cloth and to give it to Lord Shiva, who up until this time had been using animal skin. When Devala was taking the cloth to the king, demons came to attack him. Goddess Chowdeshwari (Chamundeshwari,a form of Durga,a warrior Goddess created by the Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra, to fight the demon Mahishasura), perched on a lion, fought and vanquished the demons so that Devala Maharishi could give the cloth to the king.[citation needed].The woven clothes were taken to Lord Shiva. Check Devanga Purana.[edit] SectsDevanga was originally divided into two groups, the gandoru and namdoru. There were Saivite and Vaishnavite divisions among Devangas in the old days. Every one of the warrior sub sect have a sword in their homes. After the decline they settled in all parts of TamilNadu. Devanga Literacy in TamilNadu is High about 75% of them are doctors, Engineers and also in Leading Government Positions.source: Rigveda Devanga (Div am ga) was the first ever Bhramin who (OHM) comes to this world to give clothes to human beings Thiruvalluvar in his eighth poem says one cannot reach PARAMAPATHA until one surrendered to this Bhramin(OHM).Even to this day, the Devangas are either Saivites or Vaishnavites. In any Devanga marriage, bride and groom should not belong to the same sect (Saivite or Vaishnavite).For finding origin we have to explore RIG VEDA and history of Gayatri Peeda at Hampi from Vedic age which was started by Lord Shiva to SPREAD DEVALA Dharma throughout the world asper Sreepathy Panditha. Moreover the Psupatha of Laguleesa emerges and more Hindu divisions like Kasmira Shaiva were created by so many Saints based different areas.[edit] Devanga and LingayatLingayats were the most influential group in Vijayanagara empire. The Lingayats of the western telangana region were the kannada speakers. The Kannada Devanga and Kannada Lingayats were closely associated. Since telangana Lingayats are very highly disciplined and talented, Devangas had a very high respect on them and in fact considered them as a part of their community. At that time the Devangas of the telanga region are vaishnavites. Devangas regarded the Lingayats as shaivites and called them Lingayats.This group of telangana Lingayats served the Vijaya empire in all disciplines and as well as were the close associates to the King in all ways. Due to this relationship Devangas were able to find a place in the Kings court. At the time of Islamic invasion, this group of people has to leave the empire. The trading members of Devanga community, were able to lead the groups of people in the telangana region towards all of their trading destinations. Many moved towards the south(towards the river cauvery), due to the request from the royal community. This includes the major communities like Kannada Devangas and Lingayats.These kannada devangas as well as Lingayats due to their close association with telugu devangas and telegu was also predominantly spoken in the region, were using the end slang for respect as “andda” instead of “Ree” (a need of the day for the effective business). This group of kannada devanga where ever they moved, they moved together. Even today this group of kannada devangas does not conduct any festival without the consultation of Lingayats from both with in and outside, due to their very high respect to telengana Lingayats.These Lingayats of south lives as Lingayats with in the Devanga community and also maintains separate identity by having links with Lingayats of karnataka. Off all the groups moved in all the directions in many a place Lingayats and devangas had close association but live as separate groups.[edit] Geographic distributionPeople of the same caste have different names in different states; Devangas are found in the states of Assam, UP, MP, HP, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhrapradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Today many languages are spoken by Devanga people. Accordingly, they call themselves as Kannada Devanga and Telugu Devanga.There is no Tamil Devanga as such. Some even speak Marathi in parts of Maharastra. Devangas are found in most of the Indian states.There is also a large Kannada speaking community of Kannada Devangas in Tamil Nadu are mainly based in Kullichettipatti,Chinnalapatti, T.Kunnathur, Salem, Theni, Palanichettipatti (pcpatti),Theni, Bodinayakanur,Kambam, Tirupur, Coimbatore, Mettupalayam, Coimbatore, Komarapalayam, Pallipalayam,Erode, Dindugal, Aruppukottai, Sulakkarai, Madurai,sankaralingapuram, Chennai and Virudhunagar. In Kerala, Kannada Devangas are concentrated in a few villages ,prominently in Kuthampully (Thrissur dist), also in villages ,Karimpuzha, Kallanchira, Vallangi- Nemmara, all in Palghat dist, in pockets of Chittur (Palghat dist)& Kasaragode towns.In Karnataka they are predominantly present in Kollegal, Dodda Ballapur, Bangalore,Mangalore,Mysore, Davangere, Chitradurga, shivamogga, Hubli/Dharwad, Rabkavi, Rampur, Banahatti, Jamkhandi,Bagalkot,Bellary and Belagaum. As per information passed from their ancestors, it was said that they had migrated from Mysore zone, when these areas were under the rule of King Chikka Chamaraja Wadayar of Mysore (around 1660 CE). The migration is said to be due to incompatible sultanate culture and the bitter experiences the community faced in the Vijayanagara empire (1560 AD). These migrations took place in batches after batches, which has branched itself; some on the northern side of the Kaveri River, some on the southern side of the Kaveri and some towards the western coasts, including the present regions of south-western Karnataka and northern Kerala, looking for culturally safe and protective settlement. The high influence of local social structures, local languages, and lack of Kannada literacy has brought in many variations, including the accent among many groups. Their kula devatha(family deity) is Goddess Chamundeshwari, which is also the family deity of the Mysore dynasty.Also, in Karnataka a Malayali weavers’ caste called Chaliya officially identifies itself as Devanga. However, culturally they differ completely from Kannada Devangas as the later is patriarchal and Chaliyas are matrilineal and primarily goddess worshipers.There are 101 sub sects.Some of the prominent sub sects are Ladhegar, Balithars, Siddhu koluthar, Yenthelar, Kappelar, Iremaneru, Kal Kotlar, Chinnu Kotlar, Kanjil Kudithars, Segunthalars,Ampukollars, Sevvelars,Anilar etc.The Balithar sub sect people can marry any of the other 100 sub sects people.Some of the Devanga’s (Sects like Ladhegar, Balithar, Kappelar – Ship-goers) were traders. Ladhegars more in number and powerfull subsect with most of them in high power in TamilNadu.They having first preferences to do pooja in Sri Ramalinga Devi Temples. Some of them were tax-collectors in Kollegal during Tipu Sultan Days. This association could be the reason that the Chowdeshwari temples Kalasams have a half moon and a star.Like in old days men are married at a very late age, like 30. Women attain good education even today, hence the family have good growth.Some schools in Tamilnadu were constructed by Devanga community people and even today associations (Narpani Mandrams) of youngsters are running good schools.[edit] TriviaDevangas, along with other weaver communities, held good appointments during Vijayanagar King Krishnadevaraya’s rule.North Karnataka Devangas are primarily cotton or Khan weavers, whereas south Karnataka Devangas primarily manufacture silk sarees, including both pure and art silk. This is due to their association with Sourashtrams (primarily silk traders) when they were in Mysore. It was also said that Saurashtrians migrated from Saurashtra, part of Gujarat/Maharashtra, and settled down in the places where Devangas settled due to their business relationships. Even today we can notice the presence of Saurashtrians in most of the places where Devangas had settled, especially in Madurai and Salem.Food habits of Devangas also change from place to place. Some of the Devanga communities are vegetarians. The tradition of yagnopaveeta among the brahmans was derived from devangas.Salem and Komaraplayam Devanga Chettiars are known for their non-vegetarian cuisines.[edit] AssociationsThe international Devanga community has headquartered in Karnataka.Kannada Devanaga yuvaka sanga has office in lakkasandra bangalore (near to the Sri Ramalinga Chowedeshwari devestana)Andra Pradesh in North America have formed the Andhra Devanga Sangam Of North America (ADSONA).Tamilnadu Telugu Devangar International Online Society.Karavai Devanga Samaja has its offices in Bangalore. Its members are from the Devanga community from the coastal regions of Karnataka and Kerala[edit] Devanga marriagesDevanga marriages are like most Hindu marriages in the south with only subtle differences. Devangas generally have sangas or marriage consultants who will have the list of prospective brides and grooms. Most of the devanga marriages are arranged marriages. Generally it is the parents of the groom or bride who search for the prospective partner for their children. The groom or bride generally gives an opinion as to the qualities, education, occupation etc. they would like to see in the future partner.Once the parents shortlist the girl or boy, horoscope matching is done with the help of an astrologer. Once the matching is agreed by the astrologer, a meeting of the prospective boy and girl is arranged over a cup of tea or coffee. Boy and girl exchange their views and if agreed to by both boy and girl a date is fixed for the engagement, which is a small ceremony, generally held at the girl’s house, wherein relatives of both boy and girl are present. If there are space constraints, the ceremony is held in a hotel or marriage hall. Ring is exchanged after engagement. As among Hindus in general, premarital sex is not permitted.The marriage date is fixed on the day of engagement. Marriages are generally held at marriage halls, or “choultries” as they are popularly called. Marriages are elaborate ceremonies lasting two to three days. (Due to rising costs, it is nowadays usually restricted to two days.) On the day prior to the wedding day, the bride arrives at the marriage hall. She seeks the blessings of the god. Then rituals will start.The first of the rituals is harisna, wherein the bride’s hands and feet are massaged with turmeric mixed with oil by all the married ladies. This is followed by the bangle ceremony, wherein new bangles specially brought by the banglewoman to the occasion are worn by all the ladies. This is followed by a nice bath, and other rituals continue whole night.On the morning of the next day, the groom goes to temple with dhoti and umbrella for a ritual called kashiyatra wherein he is intercepted by the parents of the bride and his feet is washed by the girl’s parents on a silver plate. After this ritual, the groom moves to the marriage hall for the all-important sacred thread tying (mangal sutra) which marks the culmination of bachelorhood and entering into married life. This is followed by lunch to all the invitees. In the evening a reception is arranged wherein the bride and bridegroom sit/stand on a podium. All the invitees greet the newlywed couples. This is followed by dinner.The couple stays together till they die. Divorces are few or unheard of as of now Sri Chowdeswari TemplesThe most famous Godess Chowdeswari temple is situated near Mysore in Chamundi hills(name derived from Chamundeswari).Chamundeswari_TempleMany tempels were created centuries ago as people migrate and settle down in secure places. The temple management runs through the biggest family then.Such a centuries old Temple of Sri Chowdeswari is located in Tiruppur in the village Kanakkampalayam, where many families are still following the family job (Weaving).Beautiful Sri Ramalinga Chowedeshwari Temple is situated in bangalore (laksandra)[near to NATIONAL DAIRY BANGALORE].The temple contains the gods like Sri Sri Ramalinga Chowedeshwari,ganesha,subriyamanya,ramalinga swamy,devala dasamaya,guru(pragaspathi).Sri Ramalinga Sowdambikai Amman temple is also located at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, in the heart of the city. It is one of the most prominent temples in Coimbatore region. The temple is known for its one-of-a-kind ‘swords festival’ where hundreds and thousands of devotees participate in a long procession.Sri Ramalinga Chowedeshwari temple is also sutiated in the Hosa Road that is in the the hosour main road Bangalore .Lots of families who are following weaving in the area like Hosa Road and Garvebhavipalaya(hosour main road,Bangalore).
History of Devanga
Devanga is a sub-caste in Hinduism. They were one of the weaving castes in India. This page mainly deals with Devangas of Karnataka.
Origins
Devangas are of Brahmanical origin. They are Prakrut Brahmins (meaning brahmins by birth). The majority of them are weavers of silk and cotton clothes.
There were also famous Devang kings like Boja Raja of Ujjain (Uttar Pradesh, India). Many were also warriors during Vijayanagar times, according to warrior stones found in Hampi, Karnataka. Their native state was the kingdom of Ujjain where even to this day they form the major community. Their chief deity is Chowdeshwari(Chamundeshwari).They are Typical Kshatriyas of South and can be compared with the Rajput and Thakur of North.
As is typical with other castes, Devangas became an endogamous unit of weavers, either due to caste rules or due to typical social conditions of India.
Myth of origin
Devangas trace the origin of their weaving tradition to a sage called Devala Maharshi. According to tradition, Devala Maharishi was the first person to weave the cotton cloth and to give it to Lord Shiva, who up until this time had been using animal skin. When Devala was taking the cloth to the king, demons came to attack him. Goddess Chowdeshwari (Chamundeshwari,a form of Durga,a warrior Goddess created by the Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra, to fight the demon Mahishasura), perched on a lion, fought and vanquished the demons so that Devala Maharishi could give the cloth to the king.[citation needed].The woven clothes were taken to Lord Shiva. Check Devanga Purana.
Sects
Devanga was originally divided into two groups, the gandoru and namdoru. There were Saivite and Vaishnavite divisions among Devangas in the old days. Every one of the warrior sub sect have a sword in their homes. After the decline they settled in all parts of TamilNadu. Devanga Literacy in TamilNadu is High about 75% of them are doctors, Engineers and also in Leading Government Positions.
source: Rigveda Devanga (Div am ga) was the first ever Bhramin who (OHM) comes to this world to give clothes to human beings Thiruvalluvar in his eighth poem says one cannot reach PARAMAPATHA until one surrendered to this Bhramin(OHM).
Even to this day, the Devangas are either Saivites or Vaishnavites. In any Devanga marriage, bride and groom should not belong to the same sect (Saivite or Vaishnavite).For finding origin we have to explore RIG VEDA and history of Gayatri Peeda at Hampi from Vedic age which was started by Lord Shiva to SPREAD DEVALA Dharma throughout the world asper Sreepathy Panditha. Moreover the Psupatha of Laguleesa emerges and more Hindu divisions like Kasmira Shaiva were created by so many Saints based different areas.
Devanga and Lingayat
Lingayats were the most influential group in Vijayanagara empire. The Lingayats of the western telangana region were the kannada speakers. The Kannada Devanga and Kannada Lingayats were closely associated. Since telangana Lingayats are very highly disciplined and talented, Devangas had a very high respect on them and in fact considered them as a part of their community. At that time the Devangas of the telanga region are vaishnavites. Devangas regarded the Lingayats as shaivites and called them Lingayats.
This group of telangana Lingayats served the Vijaya empire in all disciplines and as well as were the close associates to the King in all ways. Due to this relationship Devangas were able to find a place in the Kings court. At the time of Islamic invasion, this group of people has to leave the empire. The trading members of Devanga community, were able to lead the groups of people in the telangana region towards all of their trading destinations. Many moved towards the south(towards the river cauvery), due to the request from the royal community. This includes the major communities like Kannada Devangas and Lingayats.
These kannada devangas as well as Lingayats due to their close association with telugu devangas and telegu was also predominantly spoken in the region, were using the end slang for respect as “andda” instead of “Ree” (a need of the day for the effective business). This group of kannada devanga where ever they moved, they moved together. Even today this group of kannada devangas does not conduct any festival without the consultation of Lingayats from both with in and outside, due to their very high respect to telengana Lingayats.
These Lingayats of south lives as Lingayats with in the Devanga community and also maintains separate identity by having links with Lingayats of karnataka. Off all the groups moved in all the directions in many a place Lingayats and devangas had close association but live as separate groups.
Geographic distribution
People of the same caste have different names in different states; Devangas are found in the states of Assam, UP, MP, HP, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhrapradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Today many languages are spoken by Devanga people. Accordingly, they call themselves as Kannada Devanga and Telugu Devanga.There is no Tamil Devanga as such. Some even speak Marathi in parts of Maharastra. Devangas are found in most of the Indian states.
There is also a large Kannada speaking community of Kannada Devangas in Tamil Nadu are mainly based in Kullichettipatti,Chinnalapatti, T.Kunnathur, Salem, Theni, Palanichettipatti (pcpatti),Theni, Bodinayakanur,Kambam, Tirupur, Coimbatore, Mettupalayam, Coimbatore, Komarapalayam, Pallipalayam,Erode, Dindugal, Aruppukottai, Sulakkarai, Madurai,sankaralingapuram, Chennai and Virudhunagar. In Kerala, Kannada Devangas are concentrated in a few villages ,prominently in Kuthampully (Thrissur dist), also in villages ,Karimpuzha, Kallanchira, Vallangi- Nemmara, all in Palghat dist, in pockets of Chittur (Palghat dist)& Kasaragode towns.In Karnataka they are predominantly present in Kollegal, Dodda Ballapur, Bangalore,Mangalore,Mysore, Davangere, Chitradurga, shivamogga, Hubli/Dharwad, Rabkavi, Rampur, Banahatti, Jamkhandi,Bagalkot,Bellary and Belagaum. As per information passed from their ancestors, it was said that they had migrated from Mysore zone, when these areas were under the rule of King Chikka Chamaraja Wadayar of Mysore (around 1660 CE). The migration is said to be due to incompatible sultanate culture and the bitter experiences the community faced in the Vijayanagara empire (1560 AD). These migrations took place in batches after batches, which has branched itself; some on the northern side of the Kaveri River, some on the southern side of the Kaveri and some towards the western coasts, including the present regions of south-western Karnataka and northern Kerala, looking for culturally safe and protective settlement. The high influence of local social structures, local languages, and lack of Kannada literacy has brought in many variations, including the accent among many groups. Their kula devatha(family deity) is Goddess Chamundeshwari, which is also the family deity of the Mysore dynasty.
Also, in Karnataka a Malayali weavers’ caste called Chaliya officially identifies itself as Devanga. However, culturally they differ completely from Kannada Devangas as the later is patriarchal and Chaliyas are matrilineal and primarily goddess worshipers.
There are 101 sub sects.Some of the prominent sub sects are Ladhegar, Balithars, Siddhu koluthar, Yenthelar, Kappelar, Iremaneru, Kal Kotlar, Chinnu Kotlar, Kanjil Kudithars, Segunthalars,Ampukollars, Sevvelars,Anilar etc.The Balithar sub sect people can marry any of the other 100 sub sects people.
Some of the Devanga’s (Sects like Ladhegar, Balithar, Kappelar – Ship-goers) were traders. Ladhegars more in number and powerfull subsect with most of them in high power in TamilNadu.They having first preferences to do pooja in Sri Ramalinga Devi Temples. Some of them were tax-collectors in Kollegal during Tipu Sultan Days. This association could be the reason that the Chowdeshwari temples Kalasams have a half moon and a star.
Like in old days men are married at a very late age, like 30. Women attain good education even today, hence the family have good growth.
Some schools in Tamilnadu were constructed by Devanga community people and even today associations (Narpani Mandrams) of youngsters are running good schools.
Trivia
Devangas, along with other weaver communities, held good appointments during Vijayanagar King Krishnadevaraya’s rule.
North Karnataka Devangas are primarily cotton or Khan weavers, whereas south Karnataka Devangas primarily manufacture silk sarees, including both pure and art silk. This is due to their association with Sourashtrams (primarily silk traders) when they were in Mysore. It was also said that Saurashtrians migrated from Saurashtra, part of Gujarat/Maharashtra, and settled down in the places where Devangas settled due to their business relationships. Even today we can notice the presence of Saurashtrians in most of the places where Devangas had settled, especially in Madurai and Salem.
Food habits of Devangas also change from place to place. Some of the Devanga communities are vegetarians. The tradition of yagnopaveeta among the brahmans was derived from devangas.
Salem and Komaraplayam Devanga Chettiars are known for their non-vegetarian cuisines.
Associations
The international Devanga community has headquartered in Karnataka.Kannada Devanaga yuvaka sanga has office in lakkasandra bangalore (near to the Sri Ramalinga Chowedeshwari devestana)Andra Pradesh in North America have formed the Andhra Devanga Sangam Of North America (ADSONA).
Tamilnadu Telugu Devangar International Online Society.
Karavai Devanga Samaja has its offices in Bangalore. Its members are from the Devanga community from the coastal regions of Karnataka and Kerala
Devanga marriages
Devanga marriages are like most Hindu marriages in the south with only subtle differences. Devangas generally have sangas or marriage consultants who will have the list of prospective brides and grooms. Most of the devanga marriages are arranged marriages. Generally it is the parents of the groom or bride who search for the prospective partner for their children. The groom or bride generally gives an opinion as to the qualities, education, occupation etc. they would like to see in the future partner.
Once the parents shortlist the girl or boy, horoscope matching is done with the help of an astrologer. Once the matching is agreed by the astrologer, a meeting of the prospective boy and girl is arranged over a cup of tea or coffee. Boy and girl exchange their views and if agreed to by both boy and girl a date is fixed for the engagement, which is a small ceremony, generally held at the girl’s house, wherein relatives of both boy and girl are present. If there are space constraints, the ceremony is held in a hotel or marriage hall. Ring is exchanged after engagement. As among Hindus in general, premarital sex is not permitted.
The marriage date is fixed on the day of engagement. Marriages are generally held at marriage halls, or “choultries” as they are popularly called. Marriages are elaborate ceremonies lasting two to three days. (Due to rising costs, it is nowadays usually restricted to two days.) On the day prior to the wedding day, the bride arrives at the marriage hall. She seeks the blessings of the god. Then rituals will start.
The first of the rituals is harisna, wherein the bride’s hands and feet are massaged with turmeric mixed with oil by all the married ladies. This is followed by the bangle ceremony, wherein new bangles specially brought by the banglewoman to the occasion are worn by all the ladies. This is followed by a nice bath, and other rituals continue whole night.
On the morning of the next day, the groom goes to temple with dhoti and umbrella for a ritual called kashiyatra wherein he is intercepted by the parents of the bride and his feet is washed by the girl’s parents on a silver plate. After this ritual, the groom moves to the marriage hall for the all-important sacred thread tying (mangal sutra) which marks the culmination of bachelorhood and entering into married life. This is followed by lunch to all the invitees. In the evening a reception is arranged wherein the bride and bridegroom sit/stand on a podium. All the invitees greet the newlywed couples. This is followed by dinner.
The couple stays together till they die. Divorces are few or unheard of as of now.

LIST OF PROMINENT PERSONS
Dr Manmohan singh two times prime minister belongs to Khatri community North Indian weavers Gujral ex prime minister belongs to Khatri community
founder of sikhism guru nanak
noble prize winner haragobind khurana
founder of bajaj automobiles
founder of hero automobiles
Pinarani vijayan present chief minister of Kerala belongs to weavers community
sir pitty theagaraya chetty prominent industrialist , lawyer, politician fouder of justice party
angidi veeriah chettier  president of mauritius
c n annadurai ex cheif minister of tamilnadu
kalyan singh ex cheif minister of utter pradesh now working as governer
konda laxman bapuji ex handloom minister andra pradesh, freedom fighter, telangana gandhi
umasree present cultural minister in karnataka
dever dasimayya poet
Virat Kohli Indian cricket team captain belongs to Khatri community
Shikar Dhawan Indian cricketer
Goutam Gambhir Indian cricketer
Famous Kapoors of Bollywood industry belongs to Khatri community
akhay kumar
ranbir singh
Famous Chopra’s belongs Khatri community
ar rehman(dileep kumar) famous music director , oscar award winner
freedom fighter lkb lagumaiah

Aarathi, Kannada actress
Hamsalekha, Music Director (Kannada)
Srinivas Murthy, Kannada actor
Rajesh Kumar, Crime Novelist (Tamil)
Krishnaraj, Singer (Tamil)
Mukund, close associate of Sri Puttanna Kanagaal and Film Producer, Aragal Brothers
Satyapriya, Versatile artist in many TV serials of south Indian languages also wife of Sri Mukund
Umashree, Well-known Karnataka Theater & Film Artist and former member of Karnataka Legislative council.
Late Sri P Bhuvaneshwaraiah, Renowned violinist from bangalore
Honnappa Bhgavathar well known theater artist and actor
prasanth actor[jeans fame]
pu chinnappa [tamil actor]
p t usha , indian athlete.
mada venkateswarao telugu actor
Dr. Ramachandraiah Gosu Senior Scientist, Drug Discovery
cmr central famous shopping mall in vizag founded by chandana mohan rao
mvr mall famous shopping mall in andra pradesh founder mavuri venkata ramana
chandana ramesh  MLA rajamundry
bommana rajkumar founder of bommana bros andactive politician in ysrcp

muppana silks, putchala silks in guntur
south india shopping mall
pothys shopping mall
kalanikethan shopping mall
sharon softwear solutions
hotel manohar 5 star hotel in hyderabad founder manohar garu



dr c manohar dean of isbr bangalore is devanga
dr ub.santhakumar deen in thuthukudi GENERAL HOSPITAL
Salem mayor soundappan
Mr.Arunkumar Ex. MLA mettupalyam
Lakshmanan Ex MLA.. Bodinayakanur.. Theni District!! TN
RAJENDIRAN I.A.S
Mr. Tharmalingam, Director sree sakthi equipments company, sree sakthi Engineering, Karamadi coimbatore
Ramadoss ex Mla for admk theni
Laxmana ex Mla for DMK. Bodi
Aathoor Sithayankottai V.S.S. Mani chettiar Ex. DMK, MLA. He was win consequtively Three times in this constituancy
Prabhakar IAS.from Aruppukottai
Mr. Sowndaiaha IAS - {kanni cheri} Retired
Ps SOUNDAPPAN FROM SEERAPPALLI RETIRED IN 1995 CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEE - PERSONNEL OFFICER-
Theni Dist in the year 1957 Sri Baharathi Narayanasamy Chettiar from Thevaram became the M.P in Periyakulam Parliament Constituancy. He was also a famous freedom fighter in our Dist.
Mr. Jayanth Murali IPS, IG now working in Coastal Guard in Tamilnadu.He was also belongs to our community.
Sri Beeraka Veeresalingam(Director, Medical College)
Sri D V Manohar(MD, Shakti Group, Ex. CII President)
Sri Pinjala Ramakrishna(HOD, NIMS):
Sri Buddi Kota Subbarao(Supreme Court Judge):
Sri Dantam Venkata Subbarao(Agriculture Scientist):
SSM groups komarapalyam
dr sajja lokeswar rao famous ctvs surgeon, For his contributions in the field of Medicine he was conferred A.P. Scientist Award for the year 2007 managing director star hospitals hyderabad

karanam DCP turpu godavari
k venjateswalu circle inspector chirala
Mukthapuram nagamani managing director for sri vidyanikethan and sri coaching centre dharmavaram
Gourabattuni ravi babu assosiate professor agricultural college bapatla
Volukula sivasankar rtd principal
Macharla venkateswarlu rtd superindent engineer
laxman j load active politician in bjp, bjp social media convener for gulberga city
Suraj jagadeeswaran founder brindavan school,malur,Karnataka
prabhakar ias
ashok lenin uidai (aadhar) govt of india

list of devanga politicians
p shakaraiah mp , lok sabha , mysore in nehru constituency
chandana ramesh tdp rajamandry mla
nimmala kistappa tdp hindupuram mp and worked as minister for handlooms[chenetha] in tdp
venkata prasad k tdp kadiri mla
sajja chandramouli ex mla tdp chirala
aghisham veerappa exmla congress
b basavappa ex mla
b mallikarjunarao ex mla
jonna suryanarayana ex mla

md lakshminarayana mlc
govindappa mla
sajja hemalatha muncipal chair person ponnuru
mothilal dewangan mla chattisgad
lokhar dewangan mla chattisgad
Kumble sunder rao , ex mla mangalore , Karnataka
Dr Balmukund dewangan, ex mla,Raipur,chattisgad
konda surekha mla , trs
butta renuka , mp , kurnool
konda murali , mlc , trs
rapolu bhaskar, mp , rajyasabha
narendra, mla , trs

list of famous devanga doctors
Dr Buddhudu donthamsetty Orthopedics rajahmundry
Dr SuryaKumari Gynec
Siddhartha orthopedic hospital
Dr ajay bandaru Pediatrics
Dr saritha bandaru Diabetology
Ajay childrns hospital kukatpally
Dr Sajja Hemalatha Ponnur muncipal chairperson
Dr madhusudan metla Neurology Vijayawada
Dr jogarao donthamsetty Pediatrics Rajahmundry
dr Surya prakash  urologist ggh guntur
dr posa raghu ram diabetologist ex zptc tdp guntur

dr sunil sajja , appg rank 57, md paediatrician in rmc , kakinada
dr ravi kumar , ent pg , amc , vizag
dr goutham vidyam , md general medicine
dr sajja swetha , ms opth
dr monish donthamsetti , ms ortho
dr metla madhusudhan rao , neurosurgeon , founder of madhu superspeciality hospitals
dr hari narayana, founder of global superspeciality hospitals
dr kalyan chakravarthi, neurologist 

M. Balachandran, Retired IG from Tamilnadu
aasapu ramalingeswara rao high court judge andra and telangana
subramanian retired IAS vellore
Kumaran chentar retired deputy collecter ,kerala
ramesh DIG retired karnataka
N. Saravanakumar, IAS.
Radhakrishnan, IAS.
Danavira : Shree C.V Murthy
Ln. J.Ramalingam MA BSc.President of Ramalinga Sowdeswari Arakattalai, Pudhusampalli,Mettur dam
Chandana Mohana Rao,from Rajahmundry is founder of Chandana brothers and CMR mall.
Nimmala krishnappa , jonna veera sheshaiah and jonna suryanarayana from Royalaseema region were/are into active politics in different political parties
Er Balla Venkateswara Rao (Ramana),from Rajahmundry who was three times title winner of Mr, Engineering College, JNTU,Kakinada,Gym Captain,Joint General secretary for students union JNTU,Kakinada (1978-79) is currently Software Consultant in USA
Lokasevaniratha Doddaballapur Kongadiyappa. Rare personality with high esteem who was a teacher by profession and did several great works to the society in many fields. Lone warrior who fought for the development of education, upliftment weavers in particular and society at large and is well known name in Dodballapur, Bangalore. He has such eminent persons from his Family who are well known personalities in Bangalore and around the world.
B Avalakondappa, a well known scholar and versatile artist of those days.He hails from Devalokam family. Family served for Royal kingdom at different levels. There is a water tank(Cheruvu) named after their family in Gowribidanur taluk.
Purohit Sri D.Giriyappa, A well know Scholar and priest. He has done social CTworks,donation and chariry to Schools which helps for poor students education.
Late Dr. Sajja Chandramouli, hailing from vetapalem and practised his profession as a renowned surgeon in ponnur mandal, chirala mandal and jandrapet village. He had also contested as a member of legislative assembly for several years. He had established a trust in his native village, which provides basic educational opportunities for bright students in the same village
Dr.Chinta Chandrasekhar and Dr.Vani Siva Durga hailing from Vizag are renowned General Practitioners in UK.
Sqn Ldr Yashodha k koppal First Devanga lady in Indian Air Force
Vijayashankar Meenakshisundaram, Founder & CEO of [Sharon Software Systems], Bangalore
Dr. K. Veerabhadraiah, Dr. Balakumari hailing from Peddajutur, Pulivendula, Kadapa dist are running nursing home "Mythri Hospital" in Anantapur
Dr. K. Veera bramhaiah, Dr. Prasanna Lakshmi hailing from Peddajutur, Pulivendula, Kadapa dist are working at Tirupati in the department of SV Veterinary Univeristy and AYUSH, respectively.
Sri T S Arunachla Chettiar from Cuddalore, a well known businessman, Dr srinivas murthy former director medical education karnataka. Sri K.Mahadevaiah from Kollegal,Retired Nursing Superintendent Mysore. Dileep Kumar.K.M from Mysore,a well known Architect. Er.Miss G.Girija B.E.,MBA(MM), senior SAP(MM) consultant,Banglore Mr. S. Sokkalingam, Managing director, Integra Automation Group of Companies having 4 manufacturing units in Chennai and Coimbatore, employs more than 400 people
Shiva Perumal, MBA, S/o of Dorai S.P, Army Rtd. Banglore.
gorre raghuramulu, bank manager , pdcc bank,kanigiri
grb satish babu, aee , irrigation dept , kanigiri
g swarna latha, ch malli babu wife and husband veternary doctors , krishna district
kotha erri swamy retd army officer
colonel k ramaswamy
palani tamil actor
dr chinta syamakumar world record holder magician
meghana devanga upcoming athlete
srinivas viswanath tutika mpdo , people call him warrior of poor and prajabandhu

karnataka rajyotsav award winners
prof parappa for sports
umashree for films
nagaraju for literature
srinivasa rao for films


Devanga assosiation of north america and adsona are assosiates of devanga
devanga arts college is located in tamilnadu
devanga seva kendra located in karnataka
devanga monthly magazine released in telugu
devanga samaja located in mumbai
dhwani  magazine released by devanga mahila wing mumbai
all india devangar wellfare located in chennai
sri chennapuri devanga sangam located in chennai
devanga satram located at srisailum with 50 rooms accommodation andrapradesh
devanga hostles  present in vizag,vijayawada,kakinada,coimbatore,hyderabad,bangalore


19 castes of weaving

1. Devanga /devanga chettier /koshti
2. Padmasali /padmasali chettier/ shettigar
3.sengenthur mudalier
4.jandra
5.pattusali
6.kurimi chetti saali
7.thogata
8.thogata veera kshatriya
9.karni bakthulu
10.karikala bakthulu
11.neeli
12.neelakanta
13.nessi
14.kurni
15.khatri
16.kaikala
17.senapatulu
18.sadanaasoorulu.
19.swakula saali