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Upadhyaya, also spelled Upadhyay (sanskrit: उपाध्याय) ["Up" means one who upheld; "adhyay" means spiritual and vedic learners] means a person who upholds vedic and spiritual education, is a surname used by elite Brahman clan and direct descendants of a Saptarishi Sage Bhardawaja or Bhardvaja or Bhardvāja who was a great learned Brahmin himself. The Upadhyay means a spiritual crusader who is there to not only to teach but to point out your each mistake that may lead to loss of humanitarian ethos. They are also fighter Brahman clan that fought for establishing socialist values through vedic sayings. The main task of these Brahmans was to provide lectures to vedic learners on Vedas and Upanishads along with reciting of Srimad Bhagwat and Shree Mad Devi Bhagwat or Purana's like Shiv Purana or Vishnu Purana's. They were involved in scientific researches and provided some of the best mathematical solutions for time calculation. The space around the time was also one of their prime subjects where they mathematically calculated movements of all stars and made predictions through Jotisha Shastra or Jyotish Gadna. They are one of the purest clan of all brahmins that exist today. There history goes back to SaptaRishis who are the seven great sages in Indian Mythology finding mention in Vedas and Purana's. Angirasa Maharishi is one of the seven sages known as the SaptaRishis. Angirasa is said to have composed the very first verse of the Rig Veda which is dedicated to Lord Agni. His wife is Surupa had three sons Uthathya, Samvarthana and Brihaspati. He is a Manasaputra [God's own human son] of Lord Brahma. Brihaspati is the son of Angirasa and Suroopa according to the Shiva Purana. He has two brothers named Utathya and Samvartana. The Utathya's and his wife Mamta had two sons, Kacha and Bharadwaj. Maharishi Bharadwaja was a great sage, the son of Mamata who was wife of Utathya Muni [Saint]. Many Vedic hymns are attributed to this sage. He is also the father of DronAcharya, who gave education for all subjects including fighting skills such as Dhanur vidya to great warrior Arjun. He taught them how to rule their respective kingdoms and abide by ethos related to them as humans. But all of the five Pandava brothers practiced as he said and all 100 Kauravas disobeyed him. He is also grandfather of Aswasthamaa; a powerful legend in Mahabharata. This brahmin caste is getting reduced with each passing day. There are many reasons behind it. These Brahmans have left their vedic teachings as they do not have students who get interested to these subjects leading to nearly zero earnings. In this way they are not able to support their family in traditional way. Moreover they have even left their positions of kulpurohitas of rich people like Thakur and Baniya clans. They do not go to held prayers in their homes or in temples as they earlier used to do. They were originally located in Allahabad where there is famous Ashram of their guru Bhardwaja Maharishi from which their gotra are derived. Many of the Upadhyay turn to a different caste majorly pandey's to save themselves from the curse of Goddess Lakshmi given to Brahmins or to save their family from curse of both being warrior and a vedic preacher. The Updahyay's migrated to all parts across India and settled there. But the North Indian Upadhyaya Brahman is the purest of all of their clans. Their vedic work is overtaken either by their wealthy students who became Mahant's and Mathadheesh over a period of time or other Brahmans who were more money minded came to this vedic field to make riches. The Upadhyay still learn there vedic hymns and share knowledge within there family by way of story telling even today but do not share it with outsiders. There are other Upadhyay that is in Buddhism
Buddhism
or Jainism
Jainism
but it has totally different meaning and has no relations with original Upadhyay's clan. It is also a term for Jain monks (Prakrit Uvajhaya) who do both study and preaching, who rank higher than a Muni and below an Acharya. In the Namokar Mantra
Namokar Mantra
a salutation to them is included in the fourth line. A Jain priestly community in Karnataka
Karnataka
is named Upadhyaya.[1] Upādhyāya is the surname of some members of the Madhwa Shivalli Brahmins and Havyaka Brahmins of Karnataka, Kota Brahmins of the Kundapur
Kundapur
and surrounding areas of Udupi, the Audichya Brahmins of Gujarat
Gujarat
and Uttar Pradesh and also of the Trivedi Mewada Brahmins of Gujarat. The Gujarat
Gujarat
Brahmins of Shandilya are in Surat.[2][not in citation given] Amongst Telugu Brahmins, Upadhyay is turned into Upadhyayula, with an "ula" at the end. The surname Ojha in Rajasthan/ Gujarat
Gujarat
and Jha in Bihar are both short of Prakrit Uvajhaya.

Contents

1 Notable people 2 In Jainism 3 In Buddhism 4 See also 5 References

Notable people[edit]

Amar Upadhyay, Indian model, film and television actor Amod Prasad Upadhyay
Amod Prasad Upadhyay
(born 1936), Nepalese social worker and politician Ayodhya Prasad Upadhyay (1865–1947), writer of Hindi literature Brahmabandhab Upadhyay
Brahmabandhab Upadhyay
(1861–1907), Bengali Brahmin, nephew of the Indian freedom-fighter Kalicharan Banerjee Chandramauli Upadhyay, Indian astrologer Chintan Upadhyay (born 1972), Indian contemporary artist, arrested in connection with the double murder Harilal Upadhyay (1916–1994), Gujarati author Hema Upadhyay
Hema Upadhyay
(1972–2015), Indian artist who lived and worked in Mumbai, India since 1998 Kedar Nath Upadhyay, Chief Justice of Nepal
Chief Justice of Nepal
at Supreme Court Kishore Upadhyaya, Indian politician Krishnakant Upadhyay (born 1986), cricketer from Uttar Pradesh Munishwar Dutt Upadhyay, Indian politician and statesman, leader in the Indian independence movement Ram Kinkar Upadhyay, noted scholar on Indian scriptures and a recepeient of Padma Bhushan, the third highest civil award of India Samrat Upadhyay, Nepalese writer who writes in English Satish Upadhyay
Satish Upadhyay
(born 1962), the President of the Delhi Unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Seema Upadhyay (born 1965), Indian politician, belonging to Bahujan Samaj Party Shailendra Kumar Upadhyaya, Nepalese diplomat and politician Shrikrishna Upadhyay (born 1945), Nepalese economist Umesh Upadhyay, veteran Indian television journalist & media executive, President News at Network18 Vikas Upadhyay, General Secretary for All India Youth Congress Deendayal Upadhyaya, President of Bharatiya Jan Sangh Brahmabandhav Upadhyay, Indian Freedom fighter Darshan Upadhyaya, professional esports player

In Jainism[edit] In Jainism, an upadhyay is the second highest leader of a Jain ascetic order after an acharya. The Fourth Shloka of the Namokar Mantra
Namokar Mantra
says Namo Uvvajhayanam meaning bow to all upadhyayas. In Buddhism[edit] In Buddhism, an upadhyaya is a religious functionary responsible for guiding novices, hearing monastic vows and entrusting monastic precepts on ordinands. The word is usually translated either as abbot, preceptor or master of novices. An upadhyaya has customarily spent at least ten years in a buddhist monastery before given this appointment. See also[edit]

All pages with a title containing Upadhyay

References[edit]

^ Dr. A.N. Upadhye - His Life And Accomplishments India, Accessed on November 11, 2014 ^ Nepal, an historical miscellany By Mahesh Chandra Regmi

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