In view of the aims and in pursuance of the direction by the Government of India the University started a Centre for Endangered Languages in November 2015. The Centres main aim is the preservation and promotion of endangered languages through documentation and revitalisation for restoring the status of these languages used to enjoy in the past. The Centre also works to empower the Endangered Language communities too in possible ways by training the persons from among them for sustainable development.
Pattegar is one among those languages studied. I being in touch with the speakers of this language for a long time had immense interest about it. When Centre requested me to undertake the study of Pattegar language I readily accepted the offer and did documentation work from speakers in and around Hubli Dharwad city.
Pattegar, this Indo Aryan speech variety is spoken by Pattegar people who are also called by many names like Somavamsa Sahasrarjuna Kshatriya, Savaji, Patavegar and Pattegar. Pattegars are found all over India. They are mainly found in Hubli, Dharwad, Gadag, Bagalkote, Belagavi, Devnagere, Ilkal, Gajendragad, Shahapur, Mysore, and Bangalore of Karnataka state.
This community considers 'Kartaveeryarjuna' as its Guru. It has its origins in Madhya Pradesh, from where it spread across the country. They belong to the lunar dynasty (Chandra Varsa).
Pattegar people claim their lineage to legendary king 'Kartaveerya Arjuna' of Haihayavamsha. There is a temple for 'Shri Shasrarjuna' in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh. It is believed that a son named 'Arjuna' was born to 'Krutaveerya'. He had thousand shoulders and was the king of the seven continents. He won over the world, riding in a chariot which had radiance of the Sun.
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