ADYAR GOPAL PARIVAR
GURPUR BHATS
The story of Gurpur Bhats is told to me by Madhav, son of Gowri in the
year 2002 at his home in Udupi, near Mangalore. Madhav said that
about 250 years ago in the seventeenth century, a GSB priest arrived in
Gokarna, the famous coastal pilgrim center in the North Canara District.
He said his name was Mallya Bhat Kaunshi. Mallya is same as Mhallo,
Muller and Mallayya. He was a Vedic scholar, a Pandit and a Bhatta or
practicing priest.
One of his descendents was caught in some malpractice during Bhatta
duties and was made to take a vow in front of the Swami (head of the
community), that in future he and any of his descendents will not
practice priesthood. Thence this section of Bhats stopped performing
weddings, Upanayana ceremonies, Shraaddha ceremonies to the dead,
and all other operations of a GSB priest. Their source of income was
confined to agriculture, trading, food-catering and any other livelihood.

Gurpur Shah Bhat
A descendant of Mallya Bhat Kaunshi came to Gurpur and got
employment as a clerk in a Lingayat Math there. His name was Shah
Bhat. He later purchased land and built a small house. He also built a
building on the roadside to be rented out for shops and restaurants. One
of them is occupied by Gurpur Lakshman Bhat, a descendant of Shah
Bhat, at present.
Gurpur Shah Bhat got married and got four sons by his wife (Table 5).
His wife’s name is not known. Since the names and other details of girls
were not maintained in those days, Madhav could not give me
information of the female lines of his family. The names of the children
were as follows: Akku (Venkatesh), Annu (Annappa), Ramachandra and
Ananth. Akku (Venkatesh) got married and got three male children in
addition to an unknown number of girl children.

Akku (Venkatesh) Bhat
Malappa, the eldest among Akku’s children remained a bachelor.
Narayana got married but he remained issueless. Sheshagiri got
married and had three children. Their names were Venkatray,
Kamalaksha and Ramaanath. Among Sheshagiri’s children, Venkatray
got one male child named Gopi. Kamalaksha got married and got one
girl child. This girl’s details were not available with Madhav.

Sheshagiri Bhat
Among the three male children of Sheshagiri Bhat Ramaanath remained
a bachelor.

Annu (Annappa) Bhat
Annappa the second son of Shah Bhat got married and had two sons
and an unspecified number of daughters.

Ramachandra Bhat
Ramachandra the thrid son of Shah Bhat also got married and had two
male children from his wife. Their names were Mukund and Nagappa.

Madhav, son of Annappa Bhat
Madhav the elder of the two children of Annu Bhat and Mukund the
elder of the two children of Ramachandra Bhat were partners in a big
textiles shop in Badkere near Gurpur.

Vittappa, son of Madhav Bhat
Madhav died at the age of 55 years when his eldest son Vittappa was
only 19 years old. Before Madhav died his two girl children were already
married. Madhav had taken huge debts for wedding expenses. When
Madhav could not repay the debts, the creditors filed and won a suit in
the court. Madhav’s house and its compound was seized and
transferred to the creditors. The other items such as the furniture,
utensils and other household goods were auctioned but the auctioneer
could sell them for only 25 rupees. Thus Vittappa had to begin from
scratch. Vittappa could not join his uncle Mukund in the textile business.
Vittappa married Gowri, the second daughter of Kamala.

Panduranga, son of Mukund Bhat
Mukund’s son Panduranga married Sridevi, the third daughter of Kamala.

Pundalik, son of Mukund Bhat
Mukund’s second son Pundalik got married and he had one son by the
name of Lakshman.

Lakshman, son of Pundalik Bhat
Lakshman Bhat is occupying part of the building that Shah Bhat built in
Gurpur at the time of writing. Subbaray the son of Ananth moved to Mijar
and settled down there.
Only Gurpur Vittappa Bhat and Gurpur Pandurang Bhat are included
among our ancestors from the Shah Bhat family. Therefore the other
descendents of Shah Bhat are not explored in this book. Since the two
Gurpur Bhats viz. Vittappa and Panduranga married the daughters of
Adyar Manjunath Shanbhogue they became the corner stones of our
parivar. All their male and female descendents are members of the
Parivar.

Gurpur Vittappa Bhat
Gowri, daughter of Yamuna married Vittappa Bhat and gave birth to
eight children (Table 10) among whom two girls died in the plague
epidemic. Two sons, Keshav and Vishwanath died of malnutrition and
starvation during the World War II. Four children survived. They are
Madhav, Appulla, Lalitha and Ananth.

Gurpur Madhav Bhat
Madhav, son of Gowri married Sharada (Shaddu, daughter of Hiranki
Achuth Kini.) They were issueless. Madhav later became the famous
Hindustani musician of Udupi and lived up to the ripe age of 91 years.

Appulla
Appulla, daughter of Gowri married Kasargod Krishna Kamath and gave
birth to two daughters, Meerubai and Sugandhi and one son, Ananth.
Meerubai, daughter of Appulla was differently abled and remained a
spinster until she passed away at the age of 55 years.

Sugandhi
Sugandhi, daughter of Appulla married Pandurang Bhat and gave birth
to one daughter, Padma.

Vijayendra Prabhu
Padma, daughter of Sugandhi married Vijayendra Prabhu and gave birth
to a son (further details awaited).

Ananth Krishna Kamath
Ananth, son of Appulla married Shobha (daughter of Ullal Ananth
Nayak) who gave birth to two daughters, Anitha and Archana.

Sudarshan Rao
Anitha, daughter of Ananth married Sudarshan Rao and gave birth to
one son (further details are awaited).

Kiran Bhat
Archana, daughter of Ananth married Kiran Bhat.

Ujjire Gopal Bhat
Lalitha, daughter of Gowri married Gopal Bhat of Ujjire and gave birth to
three sons and one daughter. They are, Prabhathkumar, Udaykumar,
Arunkumar and Usha. Details of Lalitha’s children are awaited.
However, we know that all of them are married and have given birth to
children.

Gurpur Pandurang Bhat
Sridevi, daughter of Yamuna married Gurpur Mukund Bhat’s son
Pandurang Bhat and gave birth to 10 children all of whom survived
beyond youth. They are, Varadaray, Radha, Ganapathray, Srinivas,
Sadanand, Muktha, Rathna, Achuth, Saguna and Vasanth. Vasanth
expired at the age of about 22 after prolonged illness.

Gurpur Varadaray Bhat
Varadaray, son of Sridevi married Prema (daughter of Bolwar
Narasimha Prabhu) who gave birth to four children. They are, Vijay,
Satish, Damodar and Sudhir. Prema’s married name was Chandrayini.
Vijay, son of Varadaray did not marry and he passed away at around 40
years.

Gurpur Satish Bhat
Satish, son of Varadaray married Gayathri (Seema) who gave birth to
two daughters, Swathi and Smitha.

Gurpur Damodar Bhat
Damodar, son of Varadaray married Vijaya (Nitha) who gave birth to one
son, Karan.

Gurpur Sudhir Bhat
Sudhir, son of Varadaray married Nisha who gave birth to one son,
Lalith.

Bolwar Devanna Narasimha Prabhu
Radha, daughter of Sridevi married Devanna (son of Bolwar Narasimha
Prabhu). This was what is known as ‘Sattechi Soirika’ or a boy and his
sister deciding to marry a girl and her brother respectively. There are
two marriages in the same two families. Radha’s married name was
Sharada. Radha gave birth to two sons and four daughters. They are,
Gurudatt, Srimathi, Revathi, Raghuveer, Jyothi and Vasanthi.
Gurudatt, son of Radha passed away at the age of about 20 years.

Nagesh Rama Nayak
Srimathi, daughter of Radha married Nagesh R Nayak and gave birth to
a son, Naresh and a daughter, Neha. Srimathi’s pet name is Babbi and
her married name is Shantheri.

Jagadish Kamath
Revathi, daughter of Radha married Jagadish Kamath and gave birth to
one son, Ashwin and one daughter, Radhika.

Bolwar Raghuveer Prabhu
Raghuveer, son of Radha married Prarthana who gave birth to one
daughter, Shraddha and one son, Dhruv.

Jyothi
Jyothi, daughter of Radha married Ramakrishna Shenoy but the two
separated and later got divorced.

Prakash Pai
Vasanthi, daughter of Radha married Prakash Pai and gave birth to one
son, Akshay.

Gurpur Ganapathray Bhat
Ganapathray, son of Sridevi married Kasthuri (daughter of
Padmanabha, younger brother of Adyar Gopalakrishna Shenoy, who
gave birth to two daughters, Chithra and Mithra.

Jai Prakash Rao
Chithra, daughter of Ganapathray married Jai Prakash Rao and gave
birth to one son, Kiran.
Kiran, son of Chithra married; further details are awaited.

Mithra Bhaskar Prabhu
Mithra, daughter of Ganapathray married Puttur Bhaskar Prabhu and
gave birth to one son, Rohan. Mithra’s married name is Pavithra.

Gurpur Srinivas Bhat
Srinivas, son of Sridevi married Vatsala (Padmaja who gave birth to two
daughters, Sudha and Sharada and one son, Sameer.
Sameer, son of Srinivas passed away before he could get married.

Kiran Singbal
Sudha, daughter of Srinivas married Kiran Singbal and gave birth to two
daughters, Rathika and Shamali.

Shashikanth Kamath
Sharada, daughter of Srinivas married Shashikant Kamath and gave
birth to one daughter, Puja.

Gurpur Sadanand Bhat
Sadanand, son of Sridevi left home in his twenties and has been since
then.

Kashinath Khandeparkar
Muktha, daughter of Sridevi married Kashinath Khandeparkar and gave
birth to one son, Uday.
Uday, son of Muktha has married but further details are awaited.

Bolwar Ananth Prabhu
Rathna, daughter of Sridevi married Ananth (Appa, son of Bolwar
Narasimha Prabhu) and gave birth to one daughter and two sons. They
are Shyla, Vinay and Arun.

Sai Prakash Rama Nayak
Shyla, daughter of Rathna married Sai Prakash R Nayak. They are
issueless.

Vinay Ananth Prabhu
Vinay, son of Rathna married Sumana (Rani) who gave birth to one son,
Kevin.

Arun Ananth Prabhu
Arun, son of Rathna married Sandhya who gave birth to one son, Karan.

Gurpur Achuth Bhat
Achuth, son of Sridevi married Varija who gave birth to one daughter,
Lakshmi and one son, Sandeep.

Manvindar Oberoi
Lakshmi, daughter of Achuth married Manvindar Oberai and gave birth
to one son, Rajveer.

Gurpur Sandeep Bhat
Sandeep, son of Achuth married Meetha who gave birth to one son,
Ninad and one daughter, Nimitha.

M. Vaman Bhandarkar
Suguna, daughter of Sridevi married Vaman and gave birth to two
daughters, Maya and Leka and one son, Vijay.

Agumbe Prakash Rao
Maya, daughter of Suguna married Prakash Rao and gave birth to two
sons, Nishanth and Gaurav.

Vedavyas Kamath
Leka, daughter of Suguna married Vedavyas Kamath and gave birth to
one son, Chirag.

Vijay V Bhandarkar
Vijay, son of Suguna married Shilpa who gave birth to one daughter,
Trisha.

Gurpur Vasanth Bhat
Vasanth expired at the age of about 22 after prolonged illness.
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Everyone knows where on earth India is
and If one searches the Karnaataka state
map one finds the Dakshina Kannada
District on the Southern coast of
Karnaataka state.

Adyar is now (2013) a part of the
Mangalore Municipal Corporation (MMC).
But in the year 1898 A.D., the village of
Adyar was a beautiful rural hamlet with
Nethravathi River flowing through it. Two
unpaved roads passed through Adyar
village on each bank of the river, from the
District headquarters town of Mangalore
to the interior areas; principally, to Gurpur
and Mijar and then on to Moodbidri,
Karkala, Agumbe and so on.

But it was to the sourthern Kasargod
District, situated south of Mangalore that
much of the trade lines were running. The
villages of Ullal, Manjeshwar, Kumble,
Kasargod, Bekal Fort, Kanhangad,
Nileshwar and Kannanore, along the
coast of Kasargod district, formed the
most important places where Gowda
Saaraswath Braahman community lived
and prospered. The district of Kannanore
(known as Cannanore before and as
Kannur now), was particularly rich in GSB
population.
Kannada language was used as the
administrative language, since very
ancient times in most of the Canara
region but since the time of Vijayanagara
Dynasty i.e. since 14th Century Kannada
was used extensively in commerce and
literature. The mother tongue of the
GSBs was however Konkani language
and not Kannada. The GSB people
always spoke Konkani language in their
homes since very early history of India.
The Konkani language is a vernacular
form of Sanskrit language. The Canara
and Malabar area was ruled by the British
Crown until 1947 when India got
Independence.

Relationship of Gurpur Madhav Bhat
family with Adyar Gopalkrishna
Shenoy family.
The three sisters
The three sisters who lived towards the
end of the Nineteenth Century are our
roots. These three sisters have not left
the names of their parents for us. But in
the future, one among us will look into the
village records of Kannada districts to
investigate. These three sisters got
married and bore many children who
became our forefathers.
The second sister Soiram got married to
Hiranki Ramachandra Kini. The youngest
sister got married to Mijar Annappa
Kamath. The eldest sister Bhagirathi got
married to Mijar Madhav Shenoy.
. Mijar
Madhav Shenoy and Mijar Annappa
Kamath lived in the Badagu Yedapadavu
area of Mijar village.

Only Gurpur Vittappa Bhat and Gurpur
Pandurang Bhat are included among our
ancestors from the Shah Bhat family.
Therefore the other descendents of Shah
Bhat are not explored in this book. Since
the two Gurpur Bhats viz. Vittappa and
Panduranga married the daughters of
Adyar Manjunath Shanbhogue they
became the corner stones of our parivar.
All their male and female descendents
are members of the Parivar.
Bolwar Devanna Narasimha Prabhu
Radha, daughter of Sridevi married
Devanna (son of Bolwar Narasimha
Prabhu). This was what is known as
‘Sattechi Soirika’ or a boy and his sister
deciding to marry a girl and her brother
respectively. There are two marriages in
the same two families. Radha’s married
name was Sharada. Radha gave birth to
two sons and four daughters. They are,
Gurudatt, Srimathi, Revathi, Raghuveer,
Jyothi and Vasanthi.
Gurudatt, son of Radha passed away at
the age of about 20 years.

Nagesh Rama Nayak
Srimathi, daughter of Radha married
Nagesh R Nayak and gave birth to a son,
Naresh and a daughter, Neha. Srimathi’s
pet name is Babbi and her married name
is Shantheri.

Jagadish Kamath
Revathi, daughter of Radha married
Jagadish Kamath and gave birth to one
son, Ashwin and one daughter, Radhika.

Bolwar Raghuveer Prabhu
Raghuveer, son of Radha married
Prarthana who gave birth to one daughter,
Shraddha and one son, Dhruv.

Jyothi
Jyothi, daughter of Radha married
Ramakrishna Shenoy but the two
separated and later got divorced.

Prakash Pai
Vasanthi, daughter of Radha married
Prakash Pai and gave birth to one son,
Akshay.
Gurpur Ganapathray Bhat
Ganapathray, son of Sridevi married
Kasthuri (daughter of Padmanabha,
younger brother of Adyar Gopalakrishna
Shenoy, who gave birth to two daughters,
Chithra and Mithra.

Jai Prakash Rao
Chithra, daughter of Ganapathray married
Jai Prakash Rao and gave birth to one
son, Kiran.
Kiran, son of Chithra married; further
details are awaited.

Mithra Bhaskar Prabhu
Mithra, daughter of Ganapathray married
Puttur Bhaskar Prabhu and gave birth to
one son, Rohan. Mithra’s married name is
Pavithra.
Bolwar Ananth Prabhu
Rathna, daughter of Sridevi married
Ananth (Appa, son of Bolwar Narasimha
Prabhu) and gave birth to one daughter
and two sons. They are Shyla, Vinay and
Arun.

Sai Prakash Rama Nayak
Shyla, daughter of Rathna married Sai
Prakash R Nayak. They are issueless.

Vinay Ananth Prabhu
Vinay, son of Rathna married Sumana
(Rani) who gave birth to one son, Kevin.

Arun Ananth Prabhu
Arun, son of Rathna married Sandhya who
gave birth to one son, Karan.
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M. Vaman Bhandarkar
Suguna, daughter of Sridevi married
Vaman and gave birth to two daughters,
Maya and Leka and one son, Vijay.

Agumbe Prakash Rao
Maya, daughter of Suguna married
Prakash Rao and gave birth to two sons,
Nishanth and Gaurav.

Vedavyas Kamath
Leka, daughter of Suguna married
Vedavyas Kamath and gave birth to one
son, Chirag.

Vijay V Bhandarkar
Vijay, son of Suguna married Shilpa who
gave birth to one daughter, Trisha.
Gurpur Achuth Bhat
Achuth, son of Sridevi married Varija who
gave birth to one daughter, Lakshmi and
one son, Sandeep.

Manvindar Oberoi
Lakshmi, daughter of Achuth married
Manvindar Oberai and gave birth to one
son, Rajveer.

Gurpur Sandeep Bhat
Sandeep, son of Achuth married Meetha
who gave birth to one son, Ninad and one
daughter, Nimitha.
Gurpur Pandurang Bhat
Sridevi, daughter of Yamuna married
Gurpur Mukund Bhat’s son Pandurang
Bhat and gave birth to 10 children all of
whom survived beyond youth. They are,
Varadaray, Radha, Ganapathray,
Srinivas, Sadanand, Muktha, Rathna,
Achuth, Saguna and Vasanth. Vasanth
expired at the age of about 22 after
prolonged illness.

Gurpur Varadaray Bhat
Varadaray, son of Sridevi married Prema
(daughter of Bolwar Narasimha Prabhu)
who gave birth to four children. They are,
Vijay, Satish, Damodar and Sudhir. Prema’
s married name was Chandrayini.
Vijay, son of Varadaray did not marry and
he passed away at around 40 years.

Gurpur Satish Bhat
Satish, son of Varadaray married Gayathri
(Seema) who gave birth to two daughters,
Swathi and Smitha.

Gurpur Damodar Bhat
Damodar, son of Varadaray married
Vijaya (Nitha) who gave birth to one son,
Karan.

Gurpur Sudhir Bhat
Sudhir, son of Varadaray married Nisha
who gave birth to one son, Lalith.
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