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Who Are The Havyakas?
A small but influential Brahmin community in Karnataka, numbering some four lakh
Identified by surnames like Bhat, Hegde and Shastri
Mostly own arecanut plantations
Speak a dialect called ‘Havigannada’
Inhabit the Western Ghats and coastal region (Hosanagar, Sagar, Puttur, Madikeri, Kasargod, etc)