History: Connection Between Andhra and Rajapalayam Kshatriyas

It is a very interesting story that there was no connections between the Andhra Kshatriyas and the Rajapalayam Kshatriyas for about 300 years due to the lack of proper communication.

Centuries passed, and the Andhra Kshatriyas forgot the migrants and had practically no knowledge about the existence of Andhra Kshatriyas living in Rajapalayam for about three centuries.

The Clouds were cleared accidentally in the year 1923.

During the year 1923 , when the All India Congress committee meeting was held at “Kakinada” in Andhra. Many Andhra Kshatriyas participated in the conference. A small group of Khsatriya Rajus led by Sri Indukoori Arangasamy Raja representing Rajapalayam, participated in the deliberations of the national level conference.

The Congress meeting was an opportunity of common understanding for the people of our Andhra Kshatriya community hailed from Andhra, Rajapalayam, Karnataka, and exchanged their identities. In the mean time Sri Chinthalapati Bapi Raju and Rajapalayam InduKoori Arangasamy Raju took a keen interest. To attend all Andhra Kshatriyas in a separate conclave and exchanged views. In consequence the Kshatriya Rajus of Andhra came to know the considerable number of families on their own community living enblock in Rajapalayam some 600 miles south of Andhra. Subsequently, the interaction between the Kshatriyas of Rajapalayam and Andhra was restored frequently during freedom struggle. Prior to the Congress meeting Rajapalayam Rajus did not know that they were part of parcel of Andhra Kshatriyas having the same Gothra and House names approximately after three centuries of geographical separations from Andhra. They were just saying that they were relatives of Vijayanagar royal families and did not know their ancestry.

The Indian freedom struggle and the Kakinada Congress of 1923 provided an opportunity to know about each other and paved the way fro constant interaction there after.

The dignitaries of Andhra visited frequently to Rajapalayam and made an attempt to exchange the willingness for matrimonial relations between the Kshatriyas of both the areas to strengthen the community bondage.

No result has been experienced so far. Thus Rajapalayam Kshatriyas became a separate entity. The Rajapalayam Kshatriyas segregated from the main stream of Andhra Kshatriyas and became a subsect branched away from Andhra Kshatriyas.

In the beginning Rajapalayam and Pudapalayam were separate villages. At the time of the settlement in Rajapalayam, the Kshatriyas were of three Gothras only. (Vashista, Dhananjaya and kashyapa).

With the settlement of Kshatriyas in Pudapalayam village, the four Gothras settled in Rajapalayam namely, Vashista, Dhanjata, Kashyapa and Goundinya. The Goundinya Gothra in a new inclusion in the Pudapalayam village.

The people of Palayapalayam Raja Kottai had marital relationship within three Gothras in the Palayapalayam village itself. They did not move out of their villagein search of Brides and Bridegrooms.

The Kshatriyas of Pudapalayam had marital relations within four Gothras, In the Pudupalayam village they too were not moved out of their village in search of brides and bridegrooms.

This factor gave suspicion among the Rajus community of Palayapalayam and Pudupalayam and marriage alliances between the villages had not taken place for a long period of time.

It took 200 years for them to understand that the both belonged to the same community and there is no bar to exchange bride and bridegrooms within the two villages.

The first marriage between the bride of Palayapalayam and bridegroom of Pudupalayam took place just 150 years ago. Afterwards the practice of Chavadi Okkahu began. Before that period, marriage took place in both village without Chavadi Okkahu. Of course there is Inti Okkahu at all times.


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