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Nanda and Yashoda pushing baby Krishna on a swing.

Nandvanshi is a term designating the descendants of Nanda (also known as Nandagopa). According to the Harivamsha and the Puranas, Nanda was the head of the Gopas, a tribe of cowherds referred as Holy Gwals. Vasudeva took his new-born son Krishna to Nanda on the night of the child's birth so that Nanda could raise him.

Nandvanshi Ahirs[edit]

The Nandvanshi Ahirs[1] claim descent from Nanda.

Nandvanshi Ahirs are found in Central Doab, West of Yamuna. They claim origin from Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.[2][3][4] In Rajasthan they are found in Jaipur.[5] Nandvanshi Ahirs are also found in Khandwa and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, Aurangabad, Akola, Amravati, Bid, Chandrapur, Jalna, Pune, Nagpur, Nanded, Thane, Wardha and Washim in Maharashtra and Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh.[6] The Kaonra Ahirs of Mandla and the Kamaria ahirs of Jabalpur are considered to belong to the Nandvanshi group.[7]

Nandvanshi Gurjars[edit]

One section of scholars, including K.M. Munshi, is of the openion that the Gurjars are the original inhabitants of India and are descended from Yadavas or Ahirs.[8][9] A clan of Gurjars even call itself Nandvanshi.[10]


Main article: Bharwad

The Bharwads are a Hindu caste found in the state of Gujarat in India who claim Nandvanshi origins.[11][12]


Main article: Mers people

The Mehar of Rajasthan, also known as Meher claim Rajput descent, though this is not accepted by other Rajputs. The Mehar of the Hadoti region refer to themselves as Nand Mehar, claiming descent from king Nand of Vrindavan,[who?] and thus to be Nandvanshis.[13][page needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ People of India: Rajasthan - Google Books. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Oudh; William Charles Benett (1877). Gazetteer of the Province of Oudh...: N-Z. Printed at the Oudh government press. pp. 207–. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Various census of India, p. 35
  4. ^ Various census of India. 1867. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Kumar Suresh Singh; Anthropological Survey of India (1998). People of India. Anthropological Survey of India. p. 56. ISBN 978-0-19-563354-2. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  6. ^ People of India: Maharashtra - Google Books. Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  7. ^ R. V. Russell (1997). The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India (Volumes I and II). Library of Alexandria. ISBN 9781465582942. 
  8. ^ Amir Hasan (1986). A Tribe in Turmoil: A Socio-economic Study of Jammu Gujars of Uttar Pradesh. Uppal Publishing House, Original from the University of Michigan. p. 3. 
  9. ^ V. Verma (2000). Ban-Gujars: a nomadic tribe in Himachal Pradesh. B.R. Pub. Corp., Original from the University of Michigan. p. 43. ISBN 9788176461122. 
  10. ^ Omacanda Hāṇḍā (2001). Temple Architecture of the Western Himalaya: Wooden Temples. Indus Publishing, 2001. ISBN 9788173871153. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Sudipta Mitra (2005). Gir Forest and the saga of the Asiatic lion. Indus Publishing. p. 84. ISBN 978-81-7387-183-2. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  12. ^ Rash Bihari Lal; Anthropological Survey of India (2003). Gujarat. Popular Prakashan. pp. 194–. ISBN 978-81-7991-104-4. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  13. ^ People of India: Rajasthan - Google Books. Retrieved 2013-10-24.