Earlier our Community persons hailing from Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Kasargod Districts by and large were going to Mumbai in search of employment. In view of the above said changes and improvements brought about, educated young people started settling at Bangalore. It was an initiative of such persons and elders of the Community who had settled even earlier thereto joined together and formed “Billava Association, Bangalore” in 1976.
In the past 35 years, despite the various ups and downs our Members and our Past Office Bearers have been successful in launching various programs not only useful to our community but also to the Society at large.
Billava Association, Bangalore (R).
It had been a persistence and patient effort by our elders to obtain a site for the association which finally paid dividends in the Year 2002-2003. With the help of our Hon’ble Sri B Janardhana Poojary’s effort and support the association was sanctioned with 1 acre of land at Banerghatta Road,Hulimavu. We Billavas at Bangalore can proudly meet up at our own registered office – Billava Association, Bangalore (R).
We are very grateful to Hon’ble Sri B Janardhana Poojary, the then Chief Minister Hon’ble Sri S.M Krishna, the then Revenue Minister of the State Hon’ble Sri H.C. Srikantaiah and other officials associated without whose help and support this project would have been incomplete.
Bramha Sree Narayana Guru Mandira
After acquiring the site in accordance with the Law, the Association at the first instance commenced the construction and completed Bramha Sree Narayana Guru Mandira to propogate the teachings of the said the Great Social Reformer who had preached the universal Humanism.
The Foundation stone of the Guru Mandira was laid down on the 23.04.2006 by the Hon’able Sri B Janardhana Poojary at our Billava Association registered office. The Bramha Sree Narayana Guru Mandira was inaugurated on 09.09.2007 by the Hon’ble Sri B Janardhana Poojary. Hon’ble Sri Shivanand Naik, the then Minister for Small Scale Industries, Poojyashri Prakashananda Swami of Shivagiri Mutt, Trivandrum, , Poojyashri Aatmanandra Saraswathi of Shree Rama Kshetra, Dharmasthala, Sri Gopala Poojary, the then MLA and Sri T.John former Minister and other dignitaries graced the occasion.
Today the Bramha Sree Narayana Guru Mandira is a pride of us Billavas in Bangalore.
Key Activities of the association:
Merit Certificates and Scholarships - Education being the foundation and stepping stone to ameliorate the social and economic backwardness, the said aspect being upper most in mind our Association has been trying to assist Community Members pursuing education by grant of Scholarship every year. The students of the community of Bangalore Urban and Rural Districts are issued with Merit Certificates and deserving amongst them have been rendered with financial assistance to assist them in pursuing further studies. Such scholarships are also granted to the poor students of other Backward Class.
Healthcare -Medical camps The Association considering the fact that the Medical Care and treatment has become very expensive and prohibitive and not affordable to the poorer amongst the Community Members, with that in view has been regularly conducting health care programmes and check -ups and further also rendering monetary assistance to the best possible to such very poor Members suffering from serious diseases like Cancer, Heart trouble, kidney problem etc. This year free medical checkup camp was held on 8.4.2010 in our Hulimavu premises. In such Medical Camps, medical assistance is also rendered to other poorer segment of society without any distinction of any caste, creed and religion.
Matrimonial Meet In these days when the Community has spread far flung losing its roots from Dakshina Kannada District, the Association to facilitate the Members of the Community, to know each other and exchange information and to explore the possibilities of the matrimonial connection leading to solemnizing of marriage and that in view has been regularly conducting Matrimonial Meet for the last 5 years. This year’s Matrimonial Meet was conducted on 4.7.2010 at our Hulimavu premises. This year Our Association with a view to extend its such activities, conducted a Matrimonial Meet at Shree Gokarnatha Kshetra, Kudroli, Mangalore which was attended by more than 1500 Community Members and lot of Community Members benefited by the same. The assistance rendered by the Management Committee of the Shree Kshetra for conducting the said Meet at Mangalore is very much appreciable. This programme is intended to be extended to the Udupi and Kasargod Districts in future. The Association also intends to assist the parents / guardians of poor brides in case they desire by arranging to have marriage solemnized without much expense.
Contribution towards Disaster Rehabilitation Funds - The Association also not lagging in the matter of general public cause. It has contributed to the State and Central Governments Disaster Rehabilitation Funds.
Felicitation of community members- The Association, from time to time has been felicitating the Members who have rendered yeomen services in various fields and those who have bagged State and Central Awards.
Billava Association,Bangalore growth and prosperity would not have been possible without the contribution of our past presidents listed below.
Mr. U Bhojaraj
Mr. Dayanand Attavar
Mr. Krishnappa Karanduru
Mr. B T Salian
Mr. Vasanth Kumar Bangera
Mr. Ananad N Suvarna
Mr. M J Salian
Mr. U B Raviranjan
Mr. K Bhagwandas
Dr. Anasuya B.Salian
Mr. J Somashekar Amin
Mr. B Vasudev Kotian
Mr. M Prakash
Mr. K H Anand
Mr. Vijayakrishna Padukone
Mr. K J Suvarna
Mr. Pitambara Bangera
Mr. M Vedkumar
2006 till date
We may say Our Elders’ and Members’ 35 years of effort has been fruitful and is visible. Today, our membership of the Association has exceeded 3300 Members. Taking into confidence all the persons of other Castes, Community and other Social Organizations and by developing a meaningful and cordial relationship with other backward segment of the Society and to move forward has been our goal.