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From: Sugantha Jagannthan (
Date: Wed May 05 1999 - 20:46:37 PDT


On tue ,4th may 1999 Smt.Lakshmi srinivas wrote that iyengars is a caste
appellation of recent times(16th century or so).If that is true then how
where our ancestors before the 16th century called?.She also wrote that the
terms iyer and iyengars where not used during ramanuja's time then when did
people start using the terms iyer and iyengars.I would like to know the
origin of iyengars and also how some brahmins came to be known as iyers and
some iyengars.Who are suyamacharyas?.Can anyone explain me the concept of