First Online: March 12, 2003
Page Last Updated: January 01, 2015
Introduction to The Brahmins
According Sir S. Radhakrishnan, although used very widely, the term brahmin is not a
correct word . In the ancient Hindu texts, the word brahmana is used
to indicate "absolute" or the "infinite spirit" of Lord
Brahma. In the course of history, as the varna or the caste system
developed, the group of priestly people came to be known as brahmanas or brahmins.
In this section, the word brahmin is used to refer to the community of
people known as brahmins in today's India.
Brahmin Castes and Communities
Boy Becomes Man Pictorial exhibition of the Hindu ordaining ritual known as the Upanayanam or Munji
Brahmin Communities A comprehensive list of Brahmin communities of India documented for anthropological research purposes.