The Mulki Aranha Shenoy family is the Mangalorean Catholic branch of the Mulki Shenoy family, a Goud Saraswat Brahmin clan from Gazni in Mulki.

For over two centuries, the Aranha Shenoys have been the leading Catholic family of the Mulki area, and it's members have married into leading families of other areas such as the Colaco Kamaths of Moodbidri, Mathias Prabhus of Belman and the Rebello Prabhus of Kallianpur. More significantly, this clan is one of the few clans whose genealogy can be traced back to the time of conversion.[1]

It traces it's descent to Anthappa Shenoy, born in 1710,[2] who fled to Mulki from Goa with his two brothers, Vithappa and Keshav.[3] Unlike most Goud Saraswats who are Shaivites by denomination, the Shenoys were Vaishnavas and were wealthy ganvkars (freeholders) from Candolim in Bardez.[4] Members of this clan are still referred to as Candolegars, in allusion to their ancestral place of origin.[4] In 1750, Anthappa converted to Christianity along with his son Manu, taking the names of Anthony Aranha and Manuel Aranha respectively.[2] Anthony's conversion was merely opportunistic.[4] He had hoped to sell the property to a Christian household, migrate to Udyavar and eventually reconvert with his son as planned.[4] However, they were forced to remain in their new faith upon being refused reentry into the Hindu fold by the swamis of the Udupi matha.[4] This was compounded by the fact that the local Vaishnavas lacked a seer of their own, and as such were wholly subordinated to the Udupi matha.[4]

His brothers remained Hindus.[1] Keshav Shenoy settled at Udyavar,[3] and is believed to be ancestor of the Shenoy Brothers (booksellers of Mangalore).[1]

Manuel Aranha (born in 1740) had over four sons, Cyprian (born in 1770), Pedru (born in 1775), Joachim (born in 1790) and John (born in 1795).[5] The Aranha Shenoys escaped the roundup and deportation to Seringapatam by Tipu Sultan in the mid-1780's.[6] According to historian Alan Machado Prabhu, at Chitrap in Mulki, locals frustrated the sultan's plans by hiding them in haystacks.[6] However, clan member Paul Alfred Aranha Shenoy—a descendant of John Aranha—disputes its veracity. He asserts that Tipu's sardar at Mulky would immediately notify the family whenever Tipu's spies would be on the lookout for them. The family would subsequently move to the forest, leaving behind their Koraga servants, and return only after the spies had left.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lobo 2000, p. 121
  2. 2.0 2.1 ARANHA SHENOY family from Mulki (First Generation) - Anil Ferris, Ferris Family Connections
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rahul Joachim Aranha-Shenoy
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Paul Alfred Aranha-Shenoy
  5. ARANHA SHENOY family from Mulki (Second Generation) - Anil Ferris, Ferris Family Connections
  6. 6.0 6.1 Prabhu 1999, p. 187


  • Lobo, Michael (2000). Distinguished Mangalorean Catholics, 1800-2000: a historico-biographical survey of the Mangalorean Catholic community. Camelot Publishers. ISBN 9788187609018 .
  • Prabhu, Alan Machado (1999). Sarasvati's Children: A History of the Mangalorean Christians. I.J.A. Publications. ISBN 9788186778258 .

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