Talacauvery Achar Family Home PageUpdated October 29, 2010
Many years ago, Raghavendra Achar, his wife Prema and Raghupathi Achar undertook the immense task of collection of the genealogical data.They also contributed to the biographical descriptions some of the earlier generation Achar family members.The resulting data is a tribute to their long hours of hard work and dedication.
The genealogy data provided by Raghavendra Achar, was placed into a family tree database and formatted for presentation in its current form by Raj Acharya.In addition Raj did the research on the family origins, the language Tulu, Tulu Brahmins, geography and climate of Talacauvery.These have been added to the document to provide a better overall understanding of the origins of the Achar family.
Up to date information resides at this website.The attached Talacauvery Family Genealogy book in PDF form has many pictures of Talacauvery and some of the family members. This book can be easily downloaded and printed from this website.
Permission is hereby granted to one and all to link this website.In addition you may make as many printed copies of the book as needed for distribution to family members.
The website will be maintained by Raj Acharya and his family members for many years to come.All family members are encouraged to access the website frequently and send updates to Raj Acharya
It is believed that Mayura Varma, the Kadamba King who ruled vast areas of southern and central India in the 4th Century A.D. brought Brahmins from Ahi Kshetra (or Ahichatra) and put them in-charge of various temples in Tulu Nadu.Ahi Kshetra is a mentioned in the Mahabharata as lying north of the Ganges, and as being the capital of Northern Panchala. It is apparently the Adisadra of Ptolemy, and its remains are visible near Ramnagar.
The Brahmins who first landed in Shivalli in Tulunadu and then spread across 31 villages came to be known as Shivalli Brahmins or Tulu Brahmins.Venkappayya Putturaya, a Shivalli Brahmin from Tulunadu was brought to Talacauvery by Lingaraja the First, around 1780 AD and appointed to be the Archak at the temple.
Venkappayya Putturaya's descendents are the Achar family.The family members have been the Talacauvery Temple Archaks for over nine generations or about 200 years. Talacauvery is in Kodagu (Coorg) district of Karnataka State.Cauvery River originates at the Talacauvery temple complex.
The story of the beginning of the Achar family in Talacauvery starts ten generations or about 220 to 230 years ago. It sounds almost like a fairy tale. As the story goes, a Brahmin named Venkappayya and his two brothers, along with their families came to Talacauvery on a pilgrimage. Talacauvery in Kodagu district is the source of the Cauvery River.A small temple complex is situated at the source of the river.Lingaraja the First was the local ruler of Kodagu district. One night God appeared in Lingaraja's dream and indicated that there was a Brahmin family currently visiting Talacauvery. God commanded Lingaraja to appoint this Brahmin to be the priest at the Cauvery temple. After the king arose from his dream, he sent for this Brahmin family. The king's messengers found Venkappayya in Talacauvery and informed him about the king's desire. Venkappayya accompanied the king's messengers from Talacauvery to Madikeri, a distance of about 24 miles to meet the king.
Lingaraja received Venkappayya and requested him to start daily poojas at the Talacauvery temple. The king setup an endowment to pay Venkappayya for his services at the temple. This was the beginning of the Achar family of Talacauvery.
Please follow the links below for more details.
- Talacauvery Achar Family Genealogy (view PDF)
- Brahma Kundike, Talacauvery Temple, Talacauvery, India
- Board High School Puttur, Karnataka, India
- Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College, Udupi, Karnataka, India
- Sri Krishna Temple, Udupi, Karnataka, India
- P.D.A. College of Engineering, Gulbarga, Karnataka, India
- Karnataka University, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
- Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Bombay, India
- University of California at Berkeley, California
- Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri
- General Atomics, San Diego, California
- My House in Encinitas, California
- Porter College, University of California at Santa Cruz, CA
- University of Poitiers, France
- Cowell College, University of California at Santa Cruz, CA
- State University of New York at Buffalo, NY
- Georgetown University, Washington DC