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6 Interesting Facts About Mattur You Probably Didn't Know!

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Mattur, a culturally rich village, is the last Sanskrit speaking village left in India. This village is situated on the banks of the River Tunga and has a beautiful small Lord Rama temple situated on its banks which is one of the few attractions of the village.

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1. Mattur is known as the 'Sanskrit village' of India

Mattur is known as the 'Sanskrit village' of India
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source: indiatimes.in

Mattur is the only village in our country where most residents speak Sanskrit. You can hear snatches of such phrases on the streets like 'katham aasthi' which is Sanskrit for 'how are you?' and 'aham gachchami' which means 'I am going'.

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2. It's not just the elite, commoners speak the language as well

It's not just the elite, commoners speak the language as well
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source: wikimedia.org

We know Sanskrit as the language of the Brahmins but here at Mattur even the vegetable vendor speaks in Sanskrit. All members of the village have a sound knowledge of Sanskrit and Hindu traditions considering its a part of their daily life.

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3. The Muslim families at Mattur speak Sanskrit too

The Muslim families at Mattur speak Sanskrit too
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In ancient India, it was the mainstream language used by scholars and was sometimes referred to as 'devabhasha', 'the language of gods'. Not only have the Mattur Muslims embraced the language as their own, their children are found on the streets reciting Sanskrit shlokas. 

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4. The usage of the language is passed down by the Vedic scholars

The usage of the language is passed down by the Vedic scholars
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source: karnataka.com

The Vedic scholars were the original settlers in Kerala who they decided to move towards the north. The banks of the river Cauvery and Tunga fascinated them and they chose to settle at Mattur and Hosahalli.

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5. Even the graffiti on the walls are Sanskrit

Even the graffiti on the walls are Sanskrit
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source: undiscoveredindiantreasures.blogspot.in

Sanskrit is taught free of cost to anyone who wishes to learn the language diligently. In today’s world it is a dying language, hence the villagers try very hard to spread knowledge and the awareness of the language.

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6. Even the tiniest details are in Sanskrit

Even the tiniest details are in Sanskrit
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source: commons.wikimedia.org

In most cases, even the bottles and bags bear Sanskrit labels in the village. Mathur is an ideal stop for a day visit or if you wish, you can spend a few days learning the local customs and traditions in this culturally rich village and visit the Jog falls.

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