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.
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
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
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
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
Upadhyay still learn there vedic hymns and share knowledge within
there family by way of story telling even today but do not share it
There are other
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1 Notable people 2 In Jainism 3 In Buddhism 4 See also 5 References
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In Jainism, an upadhyay is the second highest leader of a Jain ascetic
order after an acharya. The Fourth Shloka of the
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