|Regions with significant populations|
|• India • Pakistan|
|• Mewari • Gujarati •|
|• Islam 100% •|
|Related ethnic groups|
|• Cheetah • Bhutta|
History and origin
The Bhutta of India claim to be Solanki Rajputs, and their ancestor Vijay Singh, who left Multan, to take up service with the Rathore rulers of Jodhpur.(Bhutta also found in Multan Pakistan. Vijay Singh served the Rathores, but was denied lands, which led to a fallout with them. As a result of this dispute, the Bhutta converted to Islam, and broke all relations with the Rajputs. The Bhutta are now found in the districts of Bikaner, Jodhpur and Udaipur in Rajasthan and Sabarkantha and Banaskantha in Gujarat. In Punjab, the Bhutta are a well known Arain, Jat tribe, and Bhutta of India may be connected with them. Also founded in Multan andLahore.
The Bhutta consist of nine clans, the main ones being the Jalay, Khirkara, Rasul, Umrana, and Matno. The community are endogamous and maintain clan exogamy. They are a landowning community in both Rajasthan and Gujarat. Their subsidiary occupation is husbandry, with the Bhutta raising camels and cattle. They are Sunni Muslims, and have customs similar to other Rajasthan Muslim communities. The Bhutta speak Mewari, with those in Gujarat also speaking Gujarati.
- People of India Rajasthan Volume XXXVIII Part One edited by B.K Lavania, D.K Samanta, S.K Mandal & N.N Vyas pages 185 to 187 Popular Prakashan