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The 36 mels

In 1482 AD, devIvara ghaTaka was enraged at his kulina cousin (mather's sister's son) yogeshwara refusing to eat at their house and emphasized the faults of the kulina brahmins by dividing them into endogamous units called mels. The faults touched and polluted every family related by marriage. This led to complicated web of relationships, and I have neither the time nor interest to track all of that down. This just gives a flavour: someone needs to write this page properly.

phuliYA = phule
named after a place near current rANAghATa; the faults involved are:
nAdA
name of a village (also nAndA, nAndhA) from where a vaMshaja vandyopAdhyAYa's daughter was married by manohara mukhopAdhyAYa, those vandyopAdhyAYa's later got reclassified as mAsacaTaka shrotrIYa to preserve the kula of the mukhopAdhyAYas, the remaiing fault is nAdA
dhÃdhÃ
name of daughter (also dhAndhA) of shrInAtha caTTopAdhyAYa who on way back from getting water took shelter from a storm outside a foreigner's house; through her marriage nIlakaNTha gaGgopAdhyAYa, gaGgAdhara vandyopAdhyAYa, gaGgAnanda mukhopAdhyAYa etc. got polluted
mulukjuD.I
name of a village daughter from where was married by shivAcAryya sAtashatI getting saptashatI fault, kula preserved by later marrying daughter of shrIpati vandyopAdhyAYa, remaining fault is mulukjuD.I
bAruihATI
village which had so many foreigners that it was forbidden to even eat there and arjjuna mishra mukhopAdhyAYa of kAcanA used to live there, connected to him were polluted shrIpaJca vandyopAdhyAYa, gaGgAnanda bhaTTAcAryya etc.
khaD.adaha
named after a place where hari mukhopAdhyAYa married daughter of a gaD.agaD.i, and of his three sons yogeshvara, kAmadeva and digambara, yogeshvara married daughter of piplAi and married his daughter to madhu caTTopAdhyAYa. (Also other connections with lohAi vandyopAdhyAYa, satyavAna's sons shubhAi and savAi -> mukunda who married diGsAi, etc.)
vallabhI
named after vallabhAcAryya. Main faults are:
porArI
vallabhAcAryya, son of vanamAlI vandyopAdhyAYa, got into relationship with sarvvAnanda ghoSAla.
raNDa
prostitute
piNDa
improper offerrings to ancestors (offered to step-mother).
khoD.I=khAD.I
sarvvAnandI
sarvvAnanda vandyopAdhyAYa married arishrotrIYa jagadAnanda mahintA's daughter. Main faults:
raNDa
prostitute
piNDa
improper offerrings to ancestors.
balAtkAra
rape
paNDitaratnI
The title refers to paNDitaratna daivakInandana mukhopAdhyAYa. Main faults:
yavanasaMsrava
foreign-contact
kuNDa
golaka
thAlakulI
Ananda ghoSAlI
bAGgAlapAshI
vipradAsa mukhopAdhyAYa, who was called a washerman, was related by marriage to bAGgAla hiraNya vandyopAdhyAYa who had
raNDa
prostitute
madyapAna
alocohol drinking
mukunda cattopAdhyAYa was also related by marriage to hiraNya vandyopAdhyAYa.
chAYAnarendrI
faults:
chAYAmaNdapa
guD.a
piNDa
improper offerrings to ancestors
surAi
vAtsya prabhAkar's son su-rAya married sadAshiva cattopAdhyAYa's widowed daughter.
AcAryyashekharI
Started from trilocana AcAryyashekhara, a descendant of maheshvara vadyopAdhyAYa. Main faults:
yavanasaMsrava
foreign contact
gopAlaghaTakI
Named after gopAlaghaTaka's so rAmacadra mukhopAdhyAYa. Main faults:
agamyAgamana
sexual relations with disallowed person.
baruihATI
village which had so many foreigners that it was forbidden to even eat there and arjjuna mishra mukhopAdhyAYa of kAcanA used to live there, connected to him were polluted shrIpaJca vandyopAdhyAYa, gaGgAnanda bhaTTAcAryya etc.
haD.a
caTTarAghavI
rAghava caTTopAdhyAYa had marriage relations with bAGgAlapAshI prajApati. Main faults:
guD.a
piNDa
improper offerrings to ancestors
vijaYapaNDitI
named after vijaYapaNDita of sAgaradIYA, descendant of santoSa vandyopADhyAYa. Main faults:
yavana saMsrava
foreign contact
kula apavAda
bad name of the family
balAtkAra
rape
mAdhAi
named after bAGgAlapAshI mAdhava vandyopAdhyAYa. Main faults:
yavana saMsrava
foreign contact
haD.a
piNDa
improper offerrings to ancestors
cAndAi
named after cÃda vandyopAdhyAYa. Main faults:
brahmahatyA
killing of a brAhmaNa
shrotrIYa
guD.a saMsrava
vidyAdharI
named after vidyAdhara caTTopAdhyAYa, descendant of bahurUpa. Main faults:
balAtkAra
rape
anyapUrvvA
widow remarriage
yavana saMsrava
foreign contact
pArihAla
rAghava, descendant of bahurUpa caTTopAdhyAYa, married daughter of a pArihAla landowner gandharvva rAYa. Main faults:
pArihAla saMsrava
shrIraGgabhaTTi
named after putituNDa sriraGga bhaTTAcAryya. Main faults:
anyapUrvvA
widow remarriage
mahintA
kulabhi
bhATa saMsrava
pramodinI
jitAmishra mukhopAdhyAYa married daughter of pramoda guD.a. Main faults:
guD.a
raNDa
prostitute
anyapUrvvA
widow remarriage
bAlI
keshava caTTopAdhyAYa of bAlI village, descendant of bahurUpa caTTopAdhyAYa, married into rAghava vandyopAdhyAYa, descendant of saGketa, who had
yavana
foreign contact
candrApati=candrashekharI
candrApati mukhopAdhyAYa, descedant of utsAha. Main faults:
pItamuNDI
poD.ArI
gaD.agaD.i
jyeSTha varttamAne kaniSTha vivAha
marriage of younger daughter before elder
shatAnandakhAni
named after shatAnanda, son of tilAi paNDita, son of lakSmIdhara hAladAra, descendant of utsAaha, whose sister was married to son of shrotrIYa subuddhi khÃ, and who married pArihAla gandharvva rAYa's daughter. Main faults:
rajaka apavAda
called a washerman
kesharakoNI
yavana saMsrava
foreign cotact
bhairavaghaTakI
bhairava vandyopAdhyAYa ghaTaka married daughter of AnAi caTTopAdhyAYa, descendant of mano. Main faults:
yavana saMsarga
foreign cotact
mahintA
guD.a
saptashatI vivAha
kAkusthI
named after kAkutsthI mishra. Main faults:
balAtkAra
rape
yavana saMsrava
foreign cotact
khAD.imukha
AcambitA
cakrapANi mukhopAdhyAYa of Acambita village, descendant of utsAha. Main faults:
guD.a
svajanA
consanguinity
dehATA
pithAi vandyopAdhyAYa of dehATA village. Main faults:
yavana saMsrava
foreign cotact
dharAdharI
named after dharAdhara ghoSAla. Main faults:
piNDa
improper offerrings to ancestors
haD.a
guD.a
svagotra vivAha
marriage in same gotra
dasharathaghaTakI
named after dasharatha ghaTaka, descendant of utsAha who married daughter (who ‘went out of house’ before marriage) of vAmana vandyopAdhyAYa who had yavana fault. Main faults:
balAtkAra
rape
yavana saMsrava
foreign cotact
agamyAgamana
sexual relations with disallowed person.
chaYI
named after chakaD.i caTTopAdhyAYa, descedant of shrIkara of khaniYA. Main faults:
anyapUrvvA
widow remarriage
balAtkAra
rape
yavanasaMsrava
foreign cotact
mAladharakhAnI
named after malAdhara khà <- mRtyuJjaYa <- gajapati <- murArI ojhA. Mai faults:
mahApAtakI saMsrava
contact with great sinners
anyapUrvvA
marriage to a widow
nIcakule vivAha
marriage to a low family
naD.iYA
named after a village, which cosidered unclean, and where shubhaGkara, son of caNDIdAsa, son of sureshvara vandyopAdhyAYa of gaYaghara lived. gopAla gaGgopAdhyAYa was related to them. Main faults:
balAtkAra
rape
kusaGga
bad company
shrIvarddhanI
named after shrIvarddhana mukhopAdhyAYa, descendant of utsAha. Main faults:
yavanasaMsrava
foreign cotact
anyapUrvvA
widow remarriage
rAYI=paramAnanda mishri
Main faults:
mahintA saMsrava
pItamuNDI saMsrava
raNDa
prostitute
rAghava ghoSAlI
named after rAghava ghoSAla, descendant of shira=shiromaNi. Main faults:
khAlakulIYA
kusaGga
bad company
shubharAja khAni
shubharAja kh˜ was mAdhava vadyopAdhyAYa, descendant of akhaNDa. Main faults:
pItamuNDI
shuGgo sarvvAnandI
Named after sarvvAada mukhopAdhyAYa, descendant of utsAha. Main faults:
balAtkAra
rape
surApAna
alcohol consumption
piNDa
improper offerrings to ancestors
guD.a
harimajumdArI
Named after hari majumadAra, descendant of aravinda caTTopAdhyAYa. Main faults:
varNasaGkara saMsrava
Contact with mixed caste