Welcome to AP Gouds
|Gouds is a caste of Andhra Pradesh, involved in Toddy Tapping, Liquor sales,Ayurveda doctors and Farming.|
Some claim that they were many kings who hailed from this caste such as theCholas, Chalukya, Nadars from Tamil Nadu are from the Pandya .
Goud community originally thrived near the Godavari River whose trade of living on Palm tree products (Toddy) is derived from Kerala. Goud community has legend that they originated from Sage Koundinya who they believe originally invented toddy tapping.
There was also a famous Brahmin king named Koundinya who is a founder of the Goud Saraswat Brahmins. The Goud community may have been patronized by him and so took on his name as a gotra. The community resides in West Bengal, Maharastra and Karnataka.
Found all over Andhra Pradesh and are predominate in East Godavari, Nalgonda and Karimnagar, Medak,Krishna district and Warangal districts. The strongest backward caste in the districts ofNizamabad, East Godavari, Nalgonda, Karimnagar, Warangal, Krishna, Prakasham, Nellore, Anantapur,West Godavari, Medak, Rangareddy, Mahbubnagarand Hyderabad.
In Nalgonda, Medak and Mahbubnagar they are next to the Reddy caste economically as well as politically. In Godavari districts they are numerically the largest backward caste and are politically next to Kapu Caste.
They are identified by different names in Andhra such as:
1. Edigas in Rayalaseema region, South Coastal Andhra
2. Setty Balijas in East Godavari, West Godavari, Visakhapatnam Krishna and Sri Sayanas in Vishakapatanam, Vizayanagaram, Srikakulam.
3. Telangana - Goud
Andhra - Setti Balija, Srisayana
Rayalaseema - Eediga
Karnataka - Eediga
Mangalore - Bhillavas, Poojaris
Maharastra - Bhandari's Shetty
U.P & M.P. - Jaiswal
Bihar - Paswan
Tamilnadu - Nadars
Kerala - Ezhava
Setti Balijas and Sri Sayanas original name was Goud. Their surnames Gudala, Geddada, Gouthu suggests that their original name was Goud. The new name came around the 18th and 19th century. Legend says that a Dommeti Venkat Reddy (who is a Goud), was like a cheiftain, and changed their community name to Setti Balija.Dommeti Venkat Reddy lived in Bodasakurru village near Kakinada of East Godavari Dt.Gouds are numerically one of the largest Backward Castes.