The Regar (Raigar, Jatiya, Jatav, Ravidasiya,Rehgar, Rehgarh) are a social group found in the states of Madhya Pradesh, dehli, uttar Pradesh,and Rajasthan in India. The caste is historically associated with the collecting of saltpetre.
History and origin
The Regar are an endogamous community, and practice clan exogamy. There main clans are the Akarniya ,Aloriya (Aloria), Maslpuriya(Marshal), Balotia (Bhatt), Chandolia, Bokolia, Gugdodiya ( Gagar) Jabdoliya, Jajoriya, Kandhediya, Kanwariya,Kholiya (Kholia) Hingonia, Raskarniya, Dabariya, Suwansia (Chauhan), Jatolia (Tanwar), bhaharwal, Kansotia, Jajoria, Dherwal, Jaluthriya, Fulwaria(Phulvanshi), Tungariya (Turvesh), Khatnawalia, Khorwal, Mosalpuria, Mohanpuriya, Khatnawaliya (Nawal),sablania, Soniwal, Nogia, Pingolia (Pingal), Rashgania, Lawadia, Moria (Morya), Digwal (Digarwal), Ganolia, Sakarwal (Shakrawal), Sunkaria (Sonkaria), Basetia, Paliya, Peeplipal, Sablania, Shersia (Sarsia), Bakoliya and Bohra. There are no marriages within same clans or surnames. Like a falwaria girl can't marry to a falwaria boy.
Their main occupations now are business ,jobs, professionals etc. The community is economically marginal, and suffers from deprivation. Although their condition has been improved a lot since independence, widespread illiteracy is still a source of social evils like gender inequality, child labor and superstition in the community. They have a caste association, that represents the community’s interest, as well as dealing with intra-community disputes.
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