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Om Deshastha Brahmin
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Deshastha Brahmins (Marathi: aaaaaa aaaa?a'aaa Kannada: a2aa2a2aa2 a2aa2a2?a2'aa2(R) a2GBPa2a are the original and the oldest Hindu Brahmin sub-caste mainly from the Indian state of Maharashtra and some districts of northern Karnataka. The word Deshastha comes from the Sanskrit words Desha and Stha which mean inland or country and resident respectively. Fused together, the two words literally mean "residents of the country". Deshasthas belong to the Pancha Dravida Brahmins group. Over the millennia, the community produced the Sanskrit scholar Bhavabhuti in the 8th century, the mathematician, Bhaskara II and the 13th century Varkari saint and philosopher, Dnyaneshwar. All of the Peshwas during Shivaji's reign were Deshasthas.