For the Arab article of clothing see: Bisht (clothing)
Bisht is a title used in communities living primarily in the Central Himalayas, Indian state of Uttarakhand. Bishts are on most occasions Kshatriyas or Rajputs or Thakurs.
Bisht Rajputs refers to the title of Rajputs in Kumaon and Garhwal regions of Uttarakhand. Bishts are also found in the erstwhile princely state of Rampur in Himachal Pradesh.They are also found in state of j&K (Rajouri and Reasi district ).
Bisht was a title given by kings to nobles, derived from the Sanskrit vishisht ("distinguished").
BISHT surname belongs to Rajput community of Uttarakhand, both in Kumaon and Garhwal regions. But you also find some Brahmin sects in Uttarakhand (Garhwal) using the title Bisht.In Himachal Pradesh (Rampur Bushahr) however the title Bisht is used by Wazirs of Rampur Bushahr who orginated from Garwhal . Bisht surname is also seen by many as a derivative of 'vishisht' meaning distinguished, not confusing with the 'vashisht' which is again a Brahmin gotra. Some Bisht title people may have royal lineage.Bisht belongs to Rajput community of Uttrakhand, Bisht are royal caste of Kshatriya. They were also Raja's or Kings,but on some occasions it refers to the title given to nobles (Rajputs or Brahmins) by the kings.They were the Kings of salt area of Almora,Uttrakhand and Garwhal.
Being a title of status, Bisht became obsolete with land reforms, but many families still remember the origin of their last names or surnames. Sects under Bisht are based on their original titles or on the name of the villages of origin. Kafola Bisht, Thayat Bisht, Chamoli Bisht, Shyotari Bisht, Edwal Bisht, Bakhwal Bisht, GAIRA Bisht Parihar Bisht, Pundir Bisht, Rawal Bisht, Rana Bisht, Mehar Bisht, Khadeti Bisht, Khanai Bisht, Basanwal Bisht, Newal Bisht, Chamial Bisht, Knayu Bisht Nainwal Bisht, Sheela Bisht, Dhaira Bisht, Heet Bisht ('Raja Har Singh Heet Bisht' HARU HEET also known 'BHUMIA Devta' was famous ruler of Gujru Patti or Gujrukot), Timali Bisht, Bhamoora Bisht etc.
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- Uttar Pradesh District Gazetteers 1959:Naihfgnital.
- Uttaranchal: Historical and cultural perspectives, Uma Prasad Thapliyal.
- Encyclopedia of Indian surnames, Shibani Roy and S.H.M Rizvi
- 'History of Kumaon' by B.D Pandey