#TeluguJaati or #TeluguJathi or Telugu Jaathi or Andhras are words used to refer Telugu speaking people of India. Telugu is the language spoken by people of the present day State of Andhra Pradesh predominantly. Presently Telugu speaking Andhras are second largest linguistic group after Hindi speaking people in INDIA. In addition to 8.46 crore odd Telugu people in the State, Telugus constitute about 10% of populations of States of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Chattisgadh. There are sizable populations of Telugus in the States of Bihar, Odisha and West Bengal.
Telugu is the Official Language of the State of Andhra Pradesh, and Telugu is one of the National languages of Indian Union.
It is well said that Word ‘Telugu’ had its roots in words 'Trilinga desam', which denotes a geographical area in Deccan Plateau consisting of Three Lingas worshiped by People as symbol of Lord Parameswara or Lord Siva .
#Trilinga must have been pronunced as Tilinga by Buddhists of #Ikshvaku ( 1900 years back ) era to denote Andhras who inhabited an area which must have Three Linga Temples.
That means Andhra area must have three famous Linga worshipping temples/places in its land. What are these Saiva Temples is mystery.
May be any three of (1) Nasika Traimbakeswar, (2) Sri Saila Mallikharjuna, (3) Dakhsharama at the mouth of River Godavari, and (4) Sri Kala Hasti.
I think first three must be the main land that was occupied by ancient Andhras. For Andhras are said to be the inhabitants of land between Rivers Krishna and Godavari.
First Kings of Andhras called themselves as #Satavahanas or #Satakarnis or #Salivahanas in their epigraphs and on coins. Name Andhra was not mentioned by them.
By Juxtaposing names of Andhra Kings as enumerated in Puranas and those found mention in Satavahana coins and inscriptions, historians have concluded that Andhra people and Satavahana people are one and the same.
Simuka or Chimuka or Srimukha is considered to be the founder King of Satavahanas.
Naneghat inscription ( 2100 Years old ) mentions his name as Cimuka. Puranas mention him as Chinmuka and coins say he is Cheemuka.
Puranas allot 450 Years for Andhra Kings, about 30 in number.
Some of the prominent Kings starting from Srimukha are Krishna, Satakarni, Pulamavi, Goura Krishna, Hala, Goutami putra Satakarni, Vashishta putra satakarni, Pulamavi II, Yajnasri Satakarni, etc,.
Andhras were said to had been cursed by King – Sage Viswamitra to retire beyond Vindhyas according to Puranas. And Itareya Brahmana, Matsya, Vaayu and Brahmanda puranas mention Andhra people. Andhras found mention in Mahabharata war which is said to have occurred at about 3500 Years back.
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