Padhye people
पाध्ये किंवा भट
Total population
Few thousands (approx)
Regions with significant populations

Primary populations in:

Populations in:

Konkani , Marathi
Related ethnic groups

Konkani people , Brahmin , Indo-Aryans

Padhye Brahmin community hails from Goa, commonly known as "Bhatt", they speak a unique dialect of Konkani known as "Bhati Bhasha".

Early history

The reference to Padye Brahmins is found in the section of Karahastrabrahmanotpatti of Sahyadrikhanda.It is commonly believed that Padye Brahmins are not different from the Karhades and are a section of Karhade Brahmins.However, even now Padye Brahmins have retained their identity. There is an opinion that the Padhye Brahmins have come from Sumer.[1]The basis of this theory and the sources are not known.[2]

Origin of the word Padye

The name Padye is supposed to have its origin in the Sumerian word Patesi.[1] But it can be also concluded that 'Padhye'or 'Padye' is a corrupted form of the Sanskrit word 'Upadhayay' which means a 'teacher'.

Later history

With due course of time,they seem to have undergone thorough Sanskritisation and have been included into Brahminic fourfold system and attained status that of a Brahmin.(i.e.:during the rule of Yadavas and Kadambas in Goa when they were given lands by the monarchs and the title of Deshapati(now corrupted as Dessai)was bestowed upon many of them).[1]

The Padyes from Goa and are believed to have migrated to Maharashtra, then returned to Goa a few centuries later. It is believed that the name Karhade comes from the place Karhatak ( present day Karhad ) in Maharashtra, where they lived. The Shiledars of Kolhapur conquered south Konkan and got these priests with them back to Goa.[3][4]

Mythological origins

Skanda Purana (Sahyadri Khanda) as well as Brahmand Puran are very harsh towards these Brahmins and it is mentioned that they descended from the bones of camel and hence designated as Karhades.[5][6]

Later Brahminic classification

Padhyes later were included in to the Panch Dravida group of Brahmins and are now commonly considered a sub-caste of the Karhade Brahmin community,though not historically. They are essentially Rigvedi Brahmins and follow the Ashwalayana Sutra. Padhyes belong to 13 Gotras and are predominantly Smarthas and worship different aspects of Shakti and Shiva.


The majority of Padhye people are found in Goa, but due to many socio-economic reasons they have also settled in the neighboring states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and some parts of Kerala.

The Padhye speak 'Bhati Bhasha', a creole of Marathi and Konkani.


Padhyes worship following deities as their Kuldevta

Notable people

See also


  1. 1 2 3 Sinai Dhume, Ananta Ramakrishna (1986). The cultural history of Goa. Panaji,Goa: Broadway book centre. pp. 116–164.
  2. Mitragotri, Vithal Raghavendra (1999). A socio-cultural history of Goa from the Bhojas to the Vijayanagara. Institute Menezes Braganza. pp. 55–56.
  3. "Nivadak Loksangrah",Page-197,by Trayambak Shankar Shejwalkar,Mumbai
  4. "shilahar rajvanshacha itihas" by Dr B.V Mirashi.1974
  5. "A socio-cultural history of Goa from the Bhojas to the Vijayanagara" By Vithal Raghavendra Mitragotri Published by Institute Menezes Braganza, 1999 ,Original from the University of Michigan, Pages:50.
  6. "Shree Scanda Puran (Sayadri Khandha)" -Ed. Dr. Jarson D. Kunha, Marathi version Ed. By Gajanan Shastri Gaytonde. Published by Shree Katyani Publication, Mumbai.


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