History in Konkan

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Admittedly, very little research has been done in Konkan history though Konkan language and culture has made its own modest contribution to enrich India’s multiculturalism. For this reason, most people are still unaware of the elegance of Konkan language and the richness of Konkan culture. It is an undeniable fact that Konkan history does not find a rightful place it so richly deserves in Indian history.

Admittedly, very little research has been done in Konkan history though Konkan language and culture has made its own modest contribution to enrich India’s multiculturalism. For this reason, most people are still unaware of the elegance of Konkan language and the richness of Konkan culture. It is an undeniable fact that Konkan history does not find a rightful place it so richly deserves in Indian history. The Geographical Features Konkan is the coastal belt of the western state of Maharastra in India. Though a narrow strip, the Konkan region is easily identifiable on a map of India.  It is the land between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. The Konkan coast borders Panaji city of Goa to the North and Kasargod of Kerala in the South.  The Konkan Coast is known for its rich vegetation, exquisite beaches, delicious food, palm and coconut trees. The physical area of the Konkan strip is 320 miles in length and thirty to sixty miles of varying breadth. Konkani Language The original settlers of Konkan region were Brahmins who predominantly lived along the banks of the river Saraswati. They developed their own dialect known as Shauraseni Prakrit – out of which evolved the present day Konkani. But some historiand claim that the language Konkani is the sanskritized version of a language spoken by the early Konkan tribe.  Native residents of the Konkan region speak the Konkani language and Konkani is also widely spoken in the erstwhile Portuguese state of Goa. Many scholars opine that for long Konkani was only as a spoken language without any script until the arrival of the Portuguese. History Background The long Konkan coast line and vantage ports and its proximity to the Arabian coast were well exploited by the earliest travelers.  It is a historical fact that the Buddhists and later the Bráhmans chose Sálsette for establishing one of their monastries. It is also true that some extraordinary cave temples are found in Konkan area. When the Portuguese arrived in large numbers in India, one of their early acquisitions was the coast along the North Konkan. In the South Konkan area, many manufacturing units were set up by the English, Dutch and French during the beginning of the seventeenth century.  Eventually, the founder of the Marátha Empire selected as his capital a Konkan hill-fort. After the Marátha dynasty lost its hegemony, the Konkani Bráhmans   inherited the region and expanded their hold to the adjoining parts of India. But historically speaking, Konkan was at no time more than a part of some inland kingdom. As stated earlier, very little research has been done in Konkan history and it is indeed a fit subject for students of history to do further in-depth study and unearth facts that are bound to be fascinating.

The Geographical Features

Konkan is the coastal belt of the western state of Maharastra in India. Though a narrow strip, the Konkan region is easily identifiable on a map of India.  It is the land between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. The Konkan coast borders Panaji city of Goa to the North and Kasargod of Kerala in the South. 

The Konkan Coast is known for its rich vegetation, exquisite beaches, delicious food, palm and coconut trees. The physical area of the Konkan strip is 320 miles in length and thirty to sixty miles of varying breadth.

Konkani Language

The original settlers of Konkan region were Brahmins who predominantly lived along the banks of the river Saraswati. They developed their own dialect known as Shauraseni Prakrit – out of which evolved the present day Konkani. But some historiand claim that the language Konkani is the sanskritized version of a language spoken by the early Konkan tribe. 

Native residents of the Konkan region speak the Konkani language and Konkani is also widely spoken in the erstwhile Portuguese state of Goa. Many scholars opine that for long Konkani was only as a spoken language without any script until the arrival of the Portuguese.

History Background

The long Konkan coast line and vantage ports and its proximity to the Arabian coast were well exploited by the earliest travelers.  It is a historical fact that the Buddhists and later the Bráhmans chose Sálsette for establishing one of their monastries. It is also true that some extraordinary cave temples are found in Konkan area.

When the Portuguese arrived in large numbers in India, one of their early acquisitions was the coast along the North Konkan. In the South Konkan area, many manufacturing units were set up by the English, Dutch and French during the beginning of the seventeenth century. 

Eventually, the founder of the Marátha Empire selected as his capital a Konkan hill-fort. After the Marátha dynasty lost its hegemony, the Konkani Bráhmans   inherited the region and expanded their hold to the adjoining parts of India. But historically speaking, Konkan was at no time more than a part of some inland kingdom.

As stated earlier, very little research has been done in Konkan history and it is indeed a fit subject for students of history to do further in-depth study and unearth facts that are bound to be fascinating.


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