India's only Sanskrit speaking village

Mattur village in Shimoga district near Shivamogga in Karnataka, India is one of the rarest places in India known for the usage of Sanskrit for daily communication.

The residents of Mattur comprise an ancient Brahmin community that had migrated from Kerala about 600 years ago. 

About 40 years ago, in 1981, Sanskrita Bharati, an organisation formed for promoting Sanskrit, organised a 10-day workshop in Mattur. 

It was attended by many prominent personalities including the seer of Pejawar Mutt in neighbouring Udupi. 

Impressed by the villagers' passion for Sanskrit, the seer suggested making Mattur a Sanskrit-speaking village, and the locals loved the idea. 

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Mattur has a village Paathshala (traditional school). The students are put under rigorous training of their Sanskrit masters and learn Vedas from the age of 10.

Everyone in the village you come across speaks Sanskrit like a pro, and even the local wall graffiti is written in the ancient Indian language.

Mattur and nearby Hosahalli have also worked hard to preserve the ancient Gamaka art, a unique form of singing and storytelling. In these villages, Sanskrit is a way of life. 

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