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Here is a compilation on information available on the ancestors of the mbfamily, and on Bhavaji made by Raghunath with key inputs from Indramma.

Recently I had an occasion to realize how little I know about my ancestors. There is a good tradition among we Hindus to give `tharpana` to our fore fathers on various occasions like `Amavasyas`(New moon day), when you recall at least 12 of your fore fathers 6 from fathers side (grand father, great grand father, great great grand father and their wives) and similar six from the mothers side. I could with some difficulty get the names from the father's side but could get only incomplete information from the mothers side. So I thought it may be a good idea to put in print what little information is available today and pass it on to the youngsters in the family with the hope that some of them find it as useful or interesting, and take the trouble of updating and pass it to their next generations. The text below is an attempt in that direction.

Let me start from my father M.S.Bheema Rao known to the family by the name `Bavaji`. He was the son of Subba Rao and Sethu Bai ( Sethbai was renamed Lakshambai after Marriage,but her maiden name was continued to be used).Subba rao was the third son of Kamati  Laksmana Rao(wife Radha Bai). Bhavaji`s father died of plague, very young when Bhavji was just about two years old and Bhavaji`s younger brother M.S.Raghavendra Rao was still in his mother's womb. Accordingly nothing much is known about my grand father, Subba Rao, excepting that he had a great passion for music and dramas and had some tiff with his father on that account. Bhavaji`s grand father, Commitee Lakshmana Rao had a house in the Mandi Moholla (266 Nooralli Shaw Makan street) of Mysore and land property around Mysore.(A piece of land given as compensation for the property that got submerged by the K.R.S. Dam was under dispute even as late as some 40 years back. Bhavaji had inherited Vrithi No. 11 in Sarvamanya Dodda Yachena halli in the Krishnarajapet taluk in Mysore district.). He (Laksmana Rao) is supposed to have been in some Committee which gave this prefix to his name. Nothing is known about it today. What little is known about him is on account of the fact that he was a great devotee of Hanuman. He has willed some property exclusively for conducting `Abhisheka` of the Hanuman, at `Devara Hosahalli` temple, located near Channa pattana, in a very grand scale every year on a specific day (‘shuddha triodashi’ of ‘ashada’ month), by any of his descendants. This is taking place even now. Commitee Laksmana rao had two other sons apart from Subba Rao: Venkoba Rao and RachandraRao.The family has lost touch with the descendants of Ramachandra Rao. Venkoba Rao had three sons Hanumanta Rao, Sreenivasa Rao and Lakshmana Rao.The descendents of Venkoba Rao are now ensuring that the traditional Poojas are conducted at the Hosa Halli temple. Lakshmana Rao has also built and donated two Darma shalas near the temple for the use of the pilgrims in the name of his father, Rama rao and mother Sitabai. There is a Photo of Laksmana Rao and Radhabai, with their three sons in the pooja room of the Bull temple Road house. The baby in the picture is that of Subba Rao, ( Bhavaji’s father) the eldest boy in the photo is that of Venkoba rao.

Bhavaji had very little male support or guidance in his younger days. His grand father also passed away when he was only five years young. He was brought up by his mother sethu Bai, mother`s mother Jeevubai and Jeevubai`s elder sister Venkubai. It appears that Venku Bai, a relative of Lakshmana Rao had been brought into the family to look after the young children, and she was instrumental in arranging the marriage of Bhavaji`s father with her sister's daughter. Venku Bai and it is said she used to handle all traditional male jobs like going to the land tenants and collecting the share of produce and other dues. Bhavaji had lot of regards for her. A little male support was provided by one Srinivasa Murthy, (father in law of Dr K. Rama Rao of Chamarajpet Bangalore), son of Jeevubai’s sister, Rindi bai.

The income from the Land property those days was not much and was just adequate to meet the routine expenses comfortably. The old ladies are remembered for their thriftiness in managing the house hold expenses, and preserving the property intact.

In spite of these handicaps Bhavaji was very good in his studies. He passed his S.S.L.C Exam from mission high school Mysore in April 1917. He had, simultaneously, completed a course in Short Hand and type writing also. He took his B.A degree in 1921 from Mysore University in History Economics and Political Science. He had joined Govt. Service in the judicial department immediately after his graduation. He used to say that with a little proper guidance at the appropriate time he could have very easily got in to the Mysore civil service. He completed his degree in law much later in the year 1927 from the Bombay University. He got a gold medal as a part of " The Kinloch Forbes prize " for 1926 for having passed the first LL.B. examination with the highest number of marks in General Jurisprudence and Roman Law. He used to feel sorry (heard only from my mother) that he could not repeat his performance of securing the gold medal, in the final year also. It is said that one of his aunts (Jeevubai’s sister) Venkubai gave him her life’s saving of some gold sovereigns to enable him to study law at Poona and Bombay. The Short Hand and Type writing course which he had completed earlier came in handy too. He worked part time as a stenographer at Bombay while he was studying for his Law degree.

He became a Magistrate in the year 1936. He has subsequently worked in many parts of the old Mysore state, such as Shimoga, Tumkur, Nanjangud, Sriranga pattana, Hole narasipur, Chitradurga, Hunsur, Mysore and Chikkamagalore. He retired from service in the year 1957 as "Civil judge and District Magistrate." He settled in Bangalore after retirement.

He was a very kind and God fearing person. I do not recall a single instant of his loosing temper on any body. Even the task of disciplining the children was left to the mother. He had left taking night meals at an early age. So we did not have the benefit of his company at the dinnertime. I now realize that this habit contributed greatly in reducing our inter action with him, as the lunch meetings were possible only on Sundays and holidays. He was a very poor eater. All he used to take for his dinner was two bannans, out of which he used to distribute to all the children in the house. If anybody were sleeping his or her share would be preserved for the next day.

 

He used to visit temple every day, and he has taken us to all, important temples around the various places he has worked. It is said that during younger days at Mysore he used to visit the temple on top of Chamundi hills on every Friday and the Kote Anjaneya temple every Saturday, and on days he could not keep to this routine, he used to skip his night meal. He was very fond of Karnatic music. He survived from some serious medical problem when he was still in his early thirties. This event had made him a devotee of Shiradi Sai Baba. His father in law and his younger brother, looked after the patient and the family during this illness. He died at the age of 68 in the year 1968.

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