Madhwas (or Madhvas) is the name given to a community of Brahmin caste of India, whose members follow the doctrine of Dvaita or Dualism as codified by Acharya Madhwa.

Dvaita means Jeevatma and Paramatma are different, but both Jeevathma and Paramatma are Anadi (which does not have either origin or end ). Jeevathma dependent on Paramatma for everything and Paramatma is independent.

Madhwas are Vaishnavites (Vaishnavism). The members of this community mainly speak Kannada, Marathi or even both. They live mainly in Karnataka and Maharashtra and a significant number live in Tamil Nadu. The influx of Madhwas into TamilNadu is thought to have happened during and after the Maratha conquest of Thanjavur.

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