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27: AGGARWALS

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Aggarwal is community of Hindu traders that during the course of history has migrated to various parts of the world mostly in search of business opportunities. In Kochi they are mostly into trading of spices, grains and rubber. They are a multi lingual.

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26: DAKHNI MUSLIMS

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Dakhi Muslims could have settled in Cochin during Tippu Sulthan’s multiple invasions of Kerala. Their forefathers were soldiers in the Sulthan’s army. The community has four sub communities which are Sayyeds, Mugals, Pathans, Shiekhs.

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25: TULU BRAHMINS

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Tulu Brahmins migrated from Tulu speaking regions of South India which include regions in Kasargode district of Kerala and Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts of Karnataka. There are approximately 20 Tulu Brahmin family in the area.

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24: CHAKKLIYARS (SAKKLIYARS)

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Chakkliyars (Sakkliyars) is a Dalit community of manual scavengers that migrated to Kochi during the 20th century from areas bordering Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. There are about 90 families in Rameshwaram Colony near Fort Kochi.

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23: KANNADIGAS

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Kannadigas is a small community that migrated to Kochi from the Kasargode district of Kerala. Most of them has the surname Hegde, which literally mean chieftain of the fort, suggesting that their predecessors belonged to a warrior clan.

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22: MANAI TELUGU CHETTIYAR

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It is a Telugu speaking community belonging to Hindu Vaishya caste that migrated to Kochi for the trade of buffalo milk and milk products. Their migration began some 150 years back, predominantly from the Pollachi region in Tamil Nadu.

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21: VANIYAR

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Vaniyar is a Hindu community of agricultural labourers from Tamil Nadu. But in Kochi they were mostly into the extraction of food oils, mostly sesame and coconut oils. Vaniyar migrated to Kochin from Madurai region in Tamil Nadu.

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18: KUTCH BHATIA

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Kutchi Bhatia is a Hindu community that traces its lineage back to the Kutch area in Gujarat. The historical records suggest that they were once a sword-wielding warrior clan. But in Kochi they were mostly trades and entrepreneurs.

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05: Role of the Women in Ayurveda

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04: Role of the Women in Ayurveda

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04: Ayurveda Healing

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Kairali Ayurvedic Healing Village received NABH, National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Health Care Providers, the highest recognition of the Indian government in the hospitals and health care sector and is listed among the India's Leading Spa Resorts.

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17: GUJARATI BRAHMINS

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Gujarati Brahmins is a Gujarati speaking Hindu community that migrated into Kochi a couple of centuries back. Priests by caste, they are a community of traders and entrepreneurs in Kochi. They are a relative minority within the Gujaratis.

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16: GUJARATIS BANIYA

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Gujarati community nclude followers of both Hindu and Jain religion, who migrated from Kutch and other areas in Gujarat. According to a 2009 directory published by the Kochi Gujarati Mahajan, there were 650 Gujarati families in Mattancherry.

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