||It has been suggested that Kharva's of mandvi be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since March 2014.|
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History and origin
The Kharva community is distributed throughout the coastal areas of Saurashtra and in Mandvi, Mundra, and Ghandhidham, which are Kutch's Coastal region. It is believed that the Kharwa originated from Rajasthan and migrated to the coast during the tenth century, where they took up fishing as well, and imported and exported goods on ships. They are a royal family in Rajput.There are two castes in kharva, mainly raghuvanshi and suryavanshi. Raghuvanshi kharvas are the one who washed Lord Rams feet before letting him sit in his boat before crossing the river.
Importing and exporting goods by ship remains the traditional occupation of the community. They trade in many countries, including Oman, U.A.E, Somalia, and also other parts of Africa. Many Kharwa now have their own ships for exporting goods and have set up different cooperative societies. The community is Hindu.
In Kutch, the Kharwa are mainly found in Mandvi, where they are the third largest group with regards to population. In Mandvi, there is a street named Kharva Pachada, which is the second biggest and the largest populated street in Mandvi. There is also a street named kharva pachada in Mota Salaya. Kharvas are also known as Malam or Sagarputra ('Sagar' Means 'Ocean' and 'putra' means 'son', 'Sagarputra' Means "Son of the Ocean"). There is also an album created by Bharat Kharva named 'Kharva Re Ame Kharva' featuring a song describing the Kharva caste. Kharvas of Mandvi also celebrate their own festivals such as Moti Rawadi,[Nava Naroj(Daryai navu varas)] and Ashar no medo. They also celebrates all other Hindu Festivals.
They are also found in Mundra in a large number of population. There is a street named after the name Kharva known as kharva pachada.
Porbandar up to 40% to 60% of population in porbandar are kharva they elaborated their business very much since one decade most of coastal area of Gujarat are occupied by kharva including porbandar many of head members are helping so much nowadays to fulfill the requirement of community
- People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Two edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 652-657