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Origins of Vedic Brahminism

The religion of the Vedic period (also known as Vedism, ancient Hinduism, Brahmanism and Vedic Brahmanism) was the religion of the Indo-Aryans of northern India. It is a historical predecessor of modern Hinduism, though significantly different from it.

The Vedic liturgy is conserved in the mantra portion of the four Vedas, which are compiled in Sanskrit. The religious practices centered on a clergy administering rites. This mode of worship is largely unchanged today within Hinduism; however, only a small fraction of conservative śrautins continue the tradition of oral recitation of hymns learned solely through the oral tradition.

Scholars consider Vedic religion to have been a composite of the Indo-Aryan and Harappan cultures.

The commonly proposed period of earlier Vedic age is dated back to 2nd millennium BCE. The Vedic religion was the religion of the Indo-Aryan peoples, and existed in northern India from c. 1750 to 500 BCE. The Indo-Aryans were a branch of the Indo-European languages originating in the Kurgan culture of the steppes of Central Asia, bringing with them their language and religion. They were closely related to the Indo-Aryans who founded Mitanni kingdom in northern Syria (ca.1500-1300 BCE). Both groups were rooted in the Andronovo culture in the Bactria-Margiana area of modern northern Afghanistan, and related to the Indo-Iranians, from which they split off around 1800-1600 BCE. Their roots go back further to the Sintashta culture, with funeral sacrifices which show close parallels to the sacrificial funeral rites of the Rig Veda.

Discovering Heritage

Parimi are brahmins and belong to Vaidiki Velanadu sub caste. Vaidik Velanadu means they are vaidic brahmins and have roots from "velnadu". Parimi heritage dates back to performing as Agraharik of Undi village near Bhimavaram. Agraharik means a brahmin was given a village, an Agraharam, by the local rulers in recognition of his vedic knowledge.

Wikipedia says that "there are a number of places in Andhra pradesh named agraharam. These places originated as Bramhin villages.
  • Agraharam, Kanuruin Peravali mandal of West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh state, India
  • Agraharam, Siddavaramin Porumamilla mandal of Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh state, India
  • Aatreyapuram Agraharam, village and a Mandal in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh state, India.

There is little information available that is documented, but there is information documented in Wikipedia:

Velanadu is "the ancient name of the coastal region on the banks of River Krishna in the Guntur District and include Chirala area of District-Prakasam. The terms Velanadu or Velnadu connote outer area in Telugu."

Further, wikipedia says that "The earliest reference to Vaidiki Velanadu starts from 12th century. Vaidiki Brahmins have participated in the Battle of Palanadu on the side of Brahma Naidu. It is believed that the king Krishnadevaraya appointed above 2000 Brahmins to perform daily rituals for the warriors during the wars against Bahmani Sultans of Deccan viz.,Golkonda,Gulbarga, Ahmednagar and Bijapur . Their families then settled in various parts of Tamil Nadu after the defeat of Rama Raya the son- in law of Krishnadevaraya in the battle of "Tallikota" around 1556 A.D, and performed services like horoscopy, astrology, Nithya karma, Marriage and death ceremonies." 

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