Darbar (title)

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Darbar / Darbar Saheb also spelled as Durbar is a title of honor or respect used generally in the Indian State of Gujarat to refer to a Rajput and Muslim chiefs mainly found in Gujarat and saurashtra mainly Babi, baluch, lohani, mandori, Tunvar, Malik, etc.[1][2] Chieftain or Lord of small Principality, which existed in the pre-independence era.[1] [2] As such any caste of Rajput people or hereditary chieftain of erstwhile princely states may be referred to as Darbar caste in general use of word [3]although there is no separate notified caste as Darbar. It was a title of honor more in use during princely India, which was used to refer to Rajput and Muslim chieftains and is prevalent in use even today mainly in rural Gujarat.


  1. ^ a b Gujarat - Part 3. 2003. p. 1173. 
  2. ^ a b Bhil sub-groups in caste milieu. Anthropological Survey of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development. 1993. p. 11, 108-09. 
  3. ^ Gujarat Unknown: Hindu-Muslim Syncretism and Humanistic Forays By J. J. Roy Burma. 2005. p. 140.