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Brief History and Marriage Customs of Vokkaligas in Karnataka

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Also known as Gowdas, the Vokkaligas comprise more than 15 percent of Karnataka’s 6 crore population. Vokkaligas are spread across southern Karnataka districts of Bangalore, Kolar, Mandya, Mysore, Hassan and Chickmagalur. Vokkalathana in Kannada means tilling land and Vokkaliga means one who tills the land. Alternate etymologies include the work …

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