Profile Source: Prabhudev Kalmath
Introduction / History
The Beda Jangam are followers of the Veerashaiva sect and they are a religious beggar and priestly class. Their gotras are Veera, Nandi, Bhrungi, Vrashabha and Skand. They are in the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharastra and Tamil Nadu. In Karnataka they live in the districts of Shimoga, Chitradurga, Davanagere and Chikkamangalore.
What are Their Lives Like?
Their occupations are religious begging, agriculture, petty business and government and private service.
What are Their Beliefs?
They believe in the gods Shiva, Shakthi and Panchacharyas. They wear Istalingas (representation of Shiva, used as a symbol for worship in temples) on their bodies.
What are Their Needs?
Their greatest need is for sufficient food, education and good employment.
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