Padhar

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The Padhar are a Hindu caste found in the state of Gujarat in India.[1]

History and origin[edit]

The Padhar are distributed in six villages in Surandarnagar and four villages in Ahmadabad District. There main villages are Shahpur, Sahiyal, Dharji, Devadthal, Nam Katechi, Ranagadh, Ralal, Parali, Parnala, Godi and Anandpur. They claim to have originated in Sindh, and their existence is due to the grace of Hinglaj mata, a Hindu goddess. The Padhar have been given scheduled caste status, and speak Gujarati. According to some traditions, they were originally Kolis, although this claim is denied by the Kolis.[2]

Present circumstances[edit]

The Padhar community consists of a number of clans, each of which are exogamous. There main clans are the Domda, Bhuwatra, Samatiya, Pachani, Devthala, Lalni, Tanhada, Sapra, Kanotra, and Dharjiya. The Vatra, Pachani and Lalni clans do not intermarry, as they descend from common ancestor. They are strictly endogamous, and are a Dalit community. The Padhar are mainly small scale peasant farmer, with many are now landless. Many Padhar are fishermen, as their villages lie on the shores of Nal Sarovar lake. Other occupations include grass cutting, root digging which they sell to neighbouring villages. As the Nal Sarovar lake attracts tourists, many also rent out their boats to the tourists.[3]

The Padhar are Hindu and pay special reverence to the goddess Hinglaj Mata. A few have also become members of the Swaminarayan sect.

See also[edit]

पधर पधर एक छोटा ता शहर है जहाँ पर सीधे साधे लोग रहते है जो आपना रोजगार अपनी जमींन पर अनाज ऊगा कर जीवंन वातित करते है यह जगह ए न ए च १ ५ ४ पहर नाम से है जो दरंग ब्लोक मैं आता है जिसमें नारला हिमरी गंगा डायना पार्क घोघर धा र बरोट झटीगरी जेशे सता न है

References[edit]

  1. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Three edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 1054-1060
  2. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Three edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 1054-1060
  3. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Three edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 1054-1060