Goud Saraswat Brahmins have travelled a long way from the times of Saraswat Muni, and the banks of the historical and sometimes even mythical River Saraswati in Rajasthan and Punjab to Thrihotpura in Bihar, and then to Goa and from there southward to Coastal Karnataka including the undivided Dakshina Kannada and its headquarters, Mangalore, now Mangaluru, in the 16th Century to escape persecution by the Portuguese.
The history of Saraswats is a record of their struggle for existence and a chain of migrations, the longest and the most wide spread among any community in India. They migrated along with their culture, language, traditions and enriched the local culture and economy, which was till then dominated by the Tuluvas and the Tulu language. Despite all the tribulations, the community has been able to preserve their culture and traditions intact, over many generations
The Gowda Saraswats who were intelligent and lucky got royal patronage and positions in governance in due course. Over the years, they enhanced the economy, society and culture of the city and the region they lived in, contributing in no small way to its emergence as a place to reckon with on the map of India, and indeed the world. Along the way the community has also produced pioneers in Banking and Education sectors of the economy.
Despite all these migrations and difficulties, a strong religious, cultural and linguistic bond has prevailed within. They are a well-organized community, their internal bonds stronger than ever, due to their community leadership, yet they have blended well with other communities wherever they have settled. They are today, tradition bound, but cosmopolitan in outlook, extrovert in their approach to society and introverted when it comes to their traditions. A rare combination indeed.
Events connect people and celebrate their cultural heritage. The GSB community too takes every opportunity to bond and blend through community events. The organization of the GSB premier league 2019 (GPL 2019) organised by the Kodial Sports Association (started in 2017), a unit of the Sevanjali Charitable Trust, which is now the fountainhead of all GSB community action and activity in Mangalore, was no exception. The event's objectives were just that - bond and blend with one overriding objective - have fun!
In the end, you can walk away from a live event with something as simple as a good feeling and a great memory to something as amazing as a new friendship that can last for years.
The organizers readily admit, that the success of the GPL 2019, indeed the success of all its social activities was possible only with the blessings of the Lord Veera Venkatesh,His Holiness Shrimad Sudhindhra Thirtha Swamiji, and His Holiness Shrimad Samyamindra Thirtha Swamiji, Mathadipathi of Shree Kashimath Samsthan,Varanasi and they are eternally grateful for their support and blessings.
Kodial Sports Association (KSA) - more than a sports association
The Kodial Sports Association (KSA) was set up in 2017 to promote sports activities in the community. It is led by its President Shivanand Shenoy and its promoters Vedavyas Kamath, Naresh Shenoy, Naresh Prabhu and Chethan Kamath.
However, over the last two years of its existence, it has undertaken substantive work in society, working hard to uplift through social service, people from the lower socio-economic strata.
Here are some examples of its social work: