On 9th May 2010, few of us organized a “Kula Sammelan” of the “Karadhe Brahmin Wakankar” family members at Pali in District Sudhagadh, Maharashtra. This sammelan was a great success, as more than 100 Wakankars, not necessary blood relations, participated.
During the deliberations and presentation in various sessions we realized that there are 3 – 4 branches of Wakankar’s in India.
- Kokan branch;
- Pune branch;
- Baroda branch and
- Dhar branch.
It also came out, that most of the Wakankars belonged to Atri Gotra, though there were also members from Bharadwaj Gotra. It is a matter of pride that several Wakankars from all branches, have acquired prominence and fame in various spheres of life.
This website is dedicated to Wakankars of Dhar / Ujjain – Madhya Pradesh. The Wakankars from Dhar / Ujjain, belong to Atri Gotra and are descendants of Archananas and Shanashwa rishis, as is evident from the prayer recited every morning in Wakankar households.
त्रि-प्रवरान्वितअत्रिगोत्पन्नोहं, ऋग्वेदांर्तगतआश्वलायनशाक लशाखाध्यायीन…..
-नामशर्माऽहं भोगुरो त्वाम अभिवादयामि
Family details (Panchayatan) are
- Shri. Jagadamba Mahalakhsmi (Kolhapur)
- Shri. Mahakali
- Shri. Maha Saraswati
- Shri. Sita and
- Shri. Ramchandra
It appears that Wakankars from Ujjain, probably originated from a place called “Wakan” in Ratnagiri district of Kokan, Maharashtra, Taluka – Rajapur, Near Nagothane.
About 7 generations ago, they migrated from Kokan to Pune, from there to Vadodara and finally to Dhar.
Anant Waman Wakankar had a habit of maintaining family history notes. Shri. Laxman Shridhar Wakankar on the occasion of his 75th birthday, published a booklet “Wakankar Kula Parichaya” at Malad.
This gives an insight into the family tree and provides valuable information about individuals in this family over a span of almost 300 years.