We are ‘Shakdwipi Brahmins‘. We are ‘Suryansh’. We are ‘Divya’.
The ‘Shakdwipi Brahmins’ are said to be descended on earth directly from the Sun as its ‘Ansh’ or the very part of it, and thus they are known as ‘Suryansh’. Since descendant was a unique phenomenon, they were called ‘Divya Brahmin’. They are also called ‘Bhojak Brahmins’ and ‘Maga Brahmins’.
The term ‘Shakdwipi’ relates to the people who reside or whose origin is traced to ‘Shakdwip’. The term ‘Shakdwip’ can be broken into ‘Shak’ + ‘Dwip’ meaning the ‘Shak’ island.
The Shakdwipi, which is also pronounced as Shakdwipiya, Shakdweepi, Sakaldwipi, Shakdvipi are Brahmins by caste, known for worshipping the Sun god. By profession, they practiced, from ancient times as Priests, Ayurvedic healers, Sanskrit scholars, Astronomers, Fortune tellers, and Religious teachers.
Shakdwipi brahmins are mainly concentrated in the state of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan in India. Though nowadays, they are found all over India and even in many parts of the world.