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Madhwas (or Madhvas) is the name given to a community of Brahmin caste of Indiamarker, whose members follow the doctrine of Dvaita or Dualism as codified by Acharya Madhwa.

Dvaita means Jeevatma and Paramatma are different, but both Jeevathma and Paramatma are Anadi (which does not have either origin or end ). Jeevathma dependent on Paramatma for everything and Paramatma is independent.

Madhwas are Vaishnavites (Vaishnavism). Kannada is the mother tongue of majority of members of this community today in India. They live mainly in Karnatakamarker and a significant number live in Tamil Nadumarker, Maharashtramarker and Andhra Pradeshmarker. The influx of Madhwas into Tamil Nadu is thought to have happened during and after the Maratha conquest of Thanjavurmarker.


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