The Chitpavan or Chitpawan, also known as Konkanastha Brahmins, are a Smarta Brahmin community of Konkan, the coastal region of western Maharashtra in India. The mythological origins of the Chitpavan community are explained in Hindu scriptures by referring to the tale of Parshuram in the Sahyadrikhanda of the Skanda Purana. The Satavahanas were great sanskritisers. It is possibly at their time that the new group of Chitpavan Brahmins were formed. Also, a reference to the chitpavan surname Ghaisas, written in Prakrut Marathi can be seen on a tamra-pat (bronze plaque) of the Year 1060 A.D. belonging to the King Mamruni of Shilahara Kingdom, found at Diveagar in Konkan. However, the recorded history of the Chitpavans in India and Hinduism begins in the 18th century. Various theories of origin have been suggested, indicating primarily a Jewish, Turkish or Iranian origin.
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