Interesting Caste structure in Kerala in olden days -The Nambudiris represented the highest rank, privileged to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the temples, touch idols and perform oblations. Even the Kshatriya was not allowed this privilege. The Nambudiris followed the rule of primogeniture, that is, the eldest son of the family inherited the property. And to keep the property intact, only the eldest son was allowed to marry, that too from within the caste. For the convenience of the younger sons, a peculiar system called 'Sambandham' a morganatic marriage with Nair or Kshatriya women
Caste structure of then the ruling laws of the society.
That was a time when it can be said truly that 'Hinduism was in danger'.
To save Sanatan Dharm, Brahmins migrated to the southern tip which was NOT under Ashoka's raj (today's Tamilnadu and part of Kerala).
In South, in those days various tribals of Dravidian origin lived and did not oppose or resist the advent of Brahmins from North, into their territory. Huge temples were built on the behest of these Brahmins, who wanted to re-establish Hinduism i.e. Sanatan Dharm in a big way. They even brought with them names like Mathura, which eventually became Madurai. As time passed on, Brahmins established Sanatan Dharm the way ...more
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