Website www.mogaveeracommunity.com and the book “A Study of MOGAVEERA COMMUNITY” were started without having any precedence or a guide. Therefore, on my wild goose chase for gathering information and analyzing it, the people referred to hereafter were my sounding boards. The information about Mogaveera villages, Temples, Moolasthanas, Grama Daivasthanas and Bhajana Mandiras were collected by personal visit, gathering written documents and talking to people who knew about the history of these places.
The geographical locations of 353 Mogaveera villages were identified with the active help of the following people. The details of Mogaveera villages of Mangalore Hobali (Mangalore Taluka) were provided by Shri Sharath Guddekopla. The details of Mogaveera villages of Barkuru Hobali (Udupi Taluka) were provided by Shri Prabhakar Neelavar. Shri Neelavar has also provided the front view pictures of Mogaveera Moolasthanas. Similarly, Shri B. C. Kundar, manager of Shree Mahisasura Mardhine Temple, Bagwadi provided the details of Kudiges (Grama Sabhas) of Bagwadi Hobali (Kundapur Taluka). Shri Sadananda Harikanthra, Kumta has provided basic information about Marine Mogaveera Brotherhood Communities living in Uttara Kannada District (North Kenara District). Similarly, Shri G. B. Ambigera, Katageri has helped in gathering information about Inland Mogaveera Brotherhood Communities living in the interiors of the State of Karnataka. I am grateful to them.
In the collection of data of Mogaveera religious places and educational institutions, I must acknowledge the help extended by Shri V.K.Yadav, Kadike (Hejamadi), who not only collected the data but also accompanied me to several places to acquaint me with the details. I am grateful to him.
Shri Sanjeeva P. Mendon, Kodi-Bengre, Shri Vittaldas Puthran, and Manager of Shree Mahalaxmi Temple, Uchila and Shri Hejmadi Purushottam Gurikara, Bangalore for their help in gathering information, spot inspection and other help extended at every stage. I am grateful to all of them.
Prof. A. Sundara, retired Professor of Ancient History and Archeology, University of Dharwad has helped by reviewing the Chapter ‘Origin of Mogaveeras’ and gave valuable suggestions. One of the suggestions that non-English words should be in italics is incorporated to the extent possible. I am grateful to him.
The Website was reviewed by the Mangalore edition of the English daily ‘The Hindu’, English and Kannada Malla’ Kannada daily of Mumbai. Similarly, Kannada monthly magazines, ‘Shree Mahishasura Mardhini Maasa Pathrike’ (Kundapur), ‘Mogaveera’ from Mumbai, ‘Guruthu’ from Mumbai and ‘Sneha Ganga’ from Gulbarga have carried articles about the website.
The eminent scholars like, Shri Sadananda Suvarna, Dr. Karunakara Shetty, Shri Vasudeva Boloor and Smt. G.P. Kusuma have gone through the pre-publication copy of the book and have praised the same. Dr. Ganesh Amin Sankamar, an eminent Tulu language scholar, has interviewed the author of the website and reviewed the book, live on ‘Namma T.V.’, Mangalore. I am grateful to all these News Papers, Magazines, T.V. channel, writers, reviewers etc. for their support. A little more information is available in the “Feedback” given at the end of the book. I am grateful to them.
This project includes not only hosting of the above referred Website and the book in English but also for creation of a Kannada Website and publication of Kannada version of the book for the benefit of the local people. Therefore, the total expenditure involved is huge. To part finance the printing cost of the book, a few advertisements are included and sponsorship for advance purchase of certain number of books was also initiated. The names of the advertisers and sponsors whose confirmation has been received before printing of the book are acknowledged in the book. I am grateful to them.
Dakshina Kannada Mogaveera Mahajana Sangha, Uchila (DKMMS) and Mogaveera Mahajana Seva Sangha (Bagwadi Hobali-1941) (MMSSBH), Mumbai, Apex bodies of Mogaveera Community, have appreciated the Website. These Apex Bodies have also agreed to be the honorary publishers of the book. I am grateful to both the Apex bodies. I am also grateful to Shri Keshava Kundar, President, DKMMS, Uchila and Shri Suresh Kanchan, President, MMSSBH, Mumbai for their active support.
Shri K. P. Mendon has supported this project at all stages and also helped in proof reading. Shri Ramesh G. Kotian of M/s.Ornate Advertising, Mumbai has designed the cover page. Shri Damodar Amin of M/s. Neeraj Printers, Mumbai has not only printed this book but also extended all sorts of help during the execution of this project. I am grateful to them.
I would like to say that over a hundred people participated in creating the Website and publication of this book. A few names of the people who have helped are given in “Acknowledgement” at the end. Once again, I express my gratitude to all people who have directly and indirectly helped me.
I consider myself fortunate in releasing the book “A Study of MOGAVEERA COMMUNITY” at the temple of our Kuladevi Shree Kulamahastri Amma at Bennekuduru (Barkur).
For the benefit of Kannadigas, a Kannada website and a book in Kannada are planned. The translation work is in progress. In due course of time, the Kannada website and the book in Kannada will also be published.
I dedicate this revised website “www.mogaveeracommunity.com” to Mogaveera Community.