Kathi caste

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The Kathi Darbar (Gujarati: કાઠી) are a Darbar Kshatriya caste of Saurashtra found in the state of Gujarat in India.[1] Kathi are popularly referred as Kathi Darbar.[2]

History and origin[edit]

The Kathi are said to have given their name to the Kathiawar region. They are said to be descended from the Sura, an ancient race of sun worshipers found in western India. According to their traditions, they are descended from Kush, the son of the Hindu God Ram.[citation needed] Colonial British historians consider the Kathi to be a Scythian tribe that settled in the Kathiawar region in the second century B.C.[3] During the time of Sikandar's attack on Punjab ,Sikandar taken Kathi kshatriya people with him Because of them bravery, Kathis were the ones from whom Marathas experienced the strongest opposition.[4]

Present circumstances[edit]

The Kathi have two divisions, the Sankhyavat and Auratia. These divisions are hierarchical in nature, with the former considered royalty. There are three clans found among the Sankhyavat, namely the Vala, Khachar and Khuman. and Auratiya namely Dhadhal,Patgir,Mala,Boricha,Basiya,Gida,Jebaliya .These clans are further divided into smaller lineages called attaks. Strict exogamy is maintained between the Auratia and Sankhyavat. They are found in both Kathiawar and Kutch divisions of Gujarat.[5] Kathi darbar are horse lovers and they have kathiawari horses, these horses are very famous all around the world.there is also one thing that noted about Kathi Darbar they will never forget their enemy.There is one famous proverb for kathi Darbar in gujarati."કાળ છોડે પણ કાઠી નહિ" That mean Time leaves or forget you but kathi never.Kathi darbar people called SURYAVANSHI, they have a lots of faith in LORD SURYANARAYANA

People[edit]

A person from Kathiawar is called a "Kathiawadi". Kathis migrated from the Rajastan to Kutchh and then to Saurashtra and made treaty with the Wala rajputs of Suarastra and started matrimonial relations with the local rajputs, most probably the Walas, thus today's Kathi community is a mix of Kathis from Rajasthan and the pre-existing rajputs of Saurashtra. The list of Kahiawadis include the Savji community which is present in current day Maharastra and Gujarat, the Kathe khsatriyas of Gujarat and the Katwa or Katwe (from the name Kathiawadi)in Maharastra.

The famous devotee of Swaminarayan the Darbar Shri of Gadhada Dada Khachar Born in this Caste.Kathi darbar community is connected with lots of bravery history in gujarat,Famous warrior's like Jogidas Khuman, Ram Vala, Chapraj Vala and also saints namely Aapa Giga, Danbapu Chalala,vihalanath Paliyad born in kathi darbar caste .

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Folk Tales Of Gujarat By Alaka Shankar Page 23
  2. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Two edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen page 614 Folk art and culture of Gujarat: guide to the collection of the Shreyas Folk Museum of Gujarat
  3. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Two edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 614-619
  4. ^ Wilberforce-Bell, Capt. H. The History of Kathiawad from the earliest times. p. 1. 
  5. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Two edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 614-619