Origin of Kapadi community, according to the folklore, is associated with Lord Rama. The legend states that Rama visited a place called Hingadajki ( now in Saudi Arabia ), dressed as a Kapadi, to get rid of the sin of killing the Ravana, who was a Brahmin by birth.
This dress was given by Rama to one Laljusraj, who accompanied him on the trip. Laljusraj is said to be founder of Kapadi sect. It is believed that it is the same dress, that is preserved at Mekan Dada Temple at Dhrang.
A Kapadi priest or saint is called Dada as a mark of respect. In Kutch, Kapadi priests, hold the post of chief priest of temple of Ashapura Mata at Mata no Madh, which is chief deity or Kuldevi of Jadeja rulers of Kutch. They are known as Rajabawa, and were given villages as an estate by the rulers of Kutch.
Divisions of Kapadi Sect
- Ramsnehi Kapadi - who worship Rama as their chief deity and are found in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh & Uttar Pradesh
- Ashapuri Kapadi - who worship Ashapura Mata, and were originally located in Kutch but have now migrated to other areas.
- Sravani Kapadi - who are mainly found in Banaskantha district of Gujarat
- Makadbanth Kapadi - who are followers of Mekan Dada, and are the most recent sect of Kapadi community.
The community consider themselves at par with other upper caste community and this is accepted by others also.
The agriculture is main occupation of Kapadi community, others being involved in small business and jobs.