Chauriyasi Mewada Brahmin
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The Chauriyasi Mewada Brahmins from South Gujarat
The Chauriyasi Mewada Brahmins from South Gujarat basically migrated from the great region of Mewar Rajasthan. Although there are many theories on Brahmin migrations from Rajasthan to Gujarat but there is nothing mentioned as to the Chauriyasi Mewada Brahmins except in the book 'Gujarat, Part 3 By Kumar Suresh Singh, Rajendra Behari Lal, Anthropological Survey of India.' But here it is about the Chauriyasi Mewada Brahmins from South Gujarat? After references and research one theory which could be relevant to the formation of The Chauriyasi Mewada Brahmins from South Gujarat is that, like the other communities who used to migrate along with the rulers to establish new states, people from the Chauriyasi Mewada Brahmins also might have migrated to Gujarat.
The Rana migration: Rahap 3rd son of Rawal Ran Singh went to Dharampur near Bulsar in about A.D. 1158-1168 from Chittor. That time Udaipur did not exist. Thus along with Rana Rahap people also had migrated to Dharampur. There are Eighty four Brahmin sects in Rajasthan, thus the Brahmins belonging to the 84 Brahmin clans might have formed the Chauriyasi Mewada Brahmin cast, ancestral records say that there were five families who had come to the south of Gujarat and to facilitate all the cultural activities and marriage convenience they formed The Chauriyasi Mewada Brahmin Samaj. Only two names from the five families are to be known from the ancestral records. Sri Eknathji and Sri Dullabhji were among the five families who came to south Gujarat.
The Ishta Dev
Sri. Eklingji Is the Ishta Deva of the people belonging to the Chauriyasi Mewada Brahmin Community. Eklingji, a religious place from every angle it is also well known as Kailashpuri or the abode of Shiva, the family deity of the ruling Mewar dynasty. The temple is situated at 20 kilometers from Udaipur.
The Gram Devta
Katyani mata is Worshiped as the Kula Devi Or the Family goddess by the people.
The Chauriyasi Mewada Brahmin Samaj
Surnames found in the Chauriyasi Mewada Brahmin Cast. Bhatt, Shastri, Vyas,Upadhyay, Pandya,Jangid Joshi, Padhya, and Trivedi.
Villages and towns where the people from the community reside Dharampur, Pardi, Valsad, Udvada, Morai, Bagwada, Daman, Bhimpore, Vatar, Selvav, Umarsadi, Balda, Paria, Rohina, Khuntej. These are the villages and towns which are in the Pardi taluka of District Valsad and also some part of saurastra.
A small article giving information on the community history by: Hemanshu Pandya
- Gujarat, Part 3 By Kumar Suresh Singh, Rajendra Behari Lal, Anthropological Survey of India.
- The Trivedi Mewada Samaj Mumbai
- Maharana Mewar Charitable Foundation, Eternal Mewar The City Palace Complex, Udaipur 313 001, Rajasthan - India