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Iyer - Meaning, People, Religion, Origin, Caste & History

Ideal Adi Shankara
Meaning Father, Superior Person, Lord
Religions Hinduism
Languages Tamil, Sanskrit, Sankethi
Country India
Original State Tamil Nadu
Populated States Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka
Caste Tamil Brahmin
Region South India
Population 2.5 Million
Surnames Iyer, Sastri, Bhattar
Alternative Names Ayyar, Aiyar, Ayer or Aiyer
Festivals Hindu Festivals

Who are Iyer

Iyer are originally from india's southeastern state of tamil nadu and part of Brahmin Community (Hinduism). they are followers of the advaita philosophy propounded by adi shankara and adhere to smarta tradition. iyers also commonly use other surnames, such as sastri or bhattar.
Iyers have many clans (gotra). some of them are Chozhiar, Vadama, Ashtasahasram, Mukkani, Vathima, Sholiyar, Gurukkal, Brahatcharanam, Brahacharnam, Kaniyalar and Prathamasaki.

Iyer vs Iyengar

Iyer and Iyengar are both tamil brahmins who differ in their core philosophies. iyers are followers of adi sankara who founded the advaita philosophy, whereas iyengar are followers of sri ramanuja who propounded the philosophy of visishtaadvaita.

Femous People of the Iyer Community

NameProfession / Popular
AgastyaSage of Hinduism
Shankar MahadevanMusic Director
Abirami PattarTamil Saint and Poet
Sir C. V. RamanNobel Prize Awardee
Sri Sri Ravi ShankarFounder of 'Art of Living'
R. K. LaxmanIndian Cartoonist
Vishwanathan AnandIndian Chess Player
Usha UthupSinger
Arvind SwamiActor
Ramya KrishnanIndian Actress

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