Mattur - Sanskrit speaking village in Modern India

Mattur (Mathur), on the banks of the river Tunga in Karnataka, is famous across India as the Sanskrit village. Sanskrit is being spoken not just by the Sankethi Brahmins of the 3,500-strong village, but also by other communities. Villagers use Sanskrit here for their day to day conversation and it is the language of the commoner in this village.

The Mattur school has one of the best records in the district and boasts of toppers year after year. The teachers at the school say that learning Vedas and the chanting have helped children with their memory and focus. Almost every house in this village has an IT professional and many of them are working abroad. They are proud of their culture and almost every NRI makes it a point to attend rituals and festivals back home.

Mattur - Sanskrit speaking village