Saraswat Brahmin

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Rajasthani, Hindi, Punjabi, Haryanvi, Kannada, Marathi, Konkani, Kashmiri, Garhwali, Dogri, Bengali, Oriya, Kumaoni
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Mohyal, Punjabi Brahmins, Kashmiri Pandit

The Saraswats are a Brahmin sub-caste of India.


The Saraswat Brahmins originally were autochthonous inhabitants who trace their origin to the Indus-Saraswati civilization during 4000-2000BC. They lived in the 700+ archeological sites discovered along the former Saraswati River that once flowed parallel to the Indus in present day north Indian states of Kashmir, Haryana, Himachal, Punjab, Rajasthan. They considered themselves to be descendants of Saraswat Muni, a Brahmin sage who lived on the banks of the Saraswati.[1]


  1. ^ Kaw, M. K. (2008). Kashmiri Pandits: Looking to the future. APH Publishing House. p. 32. ISBN 8176482366. Retrieved 7 July 2012.