Ahir Boricha

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The Boricha are a sub-group of the Ahir caste found in the state of Gujarat in India. [1]

Origin[edit]

The Boricha get their name from the Boricha region of Kutch, which was their original homeland, from where they emigrated to Jamnagar District due to a draught. According to other traditions, the word Boricha means those who are of value. The community are now found in the Jhodia taluka of Jamnagar District, Kutch District and Morvi in Rajkot District. They are one of the four sub-groups of the Ahir community found in Gujarat. The community still speak the Kutchi language. [2]

Present circumstances[edit]

The Boricha are divided into fifty two clans, the main ones being the virda , jariya , pithmal, Kihor, Basiya, Barariya, Khada, Garchar,Sabad,Mala,Sodhiya, Makhela, Kumbharvadia, Mathiya, Davera, Vank, Dasotiya,Dangar, Jilaria, Savseta, Natda, Khungla,Gogra, Gajia and Baria. Each of these clans are exogamous, and the Boricha are strictly endogamous. The Boricha economy is mainly based on cultivation. A small number of Boricha are also landless agricultural labourers. They practice rain fed agriculture, but are also beginning to practice paddy cultivation using tube well irrigation.

The Boricha are Hindu, and worship Hindu gods and goddesses such as Ram, Shankar, Ganesh and Lakhshmi.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXII Part One edited by R.B Lal, S.V Padmanabham & A Mohideen page 42 to 45 Popular Prakashan
  2. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXII Part One edited by R.B Lal, S.V Padmanabham & A Mohideen page 42 to 45 Popular Prakashan
  3. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXII Part One edited by R.B Lal, S.V Padmanabham & A Mohideen page 42 to 45 Popular Prakashan