Vaishya Vani

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Vaishya Vani is a sub-caste of Vaishyas, one of the varnas of Hinduism. They are traditionally traders and merchants and are found mainly in the Indian regions of Konkan, Goa, some parts of coastal and central Karnataka, and Kerala. The community is commonly known as Vanis and sometimes Kudali Vanis. They speak dialects of the Marathi and Konkani.[1]


The Vaisya Vani originated in Goa and later migrated to other states during the Inquisition period. They are traditionally traders and commercial communities, though the Vaishya community in Goa is relatively small in comparison to other states in India. They are concentrated in urban areas, especially Mapusa, Ponda, Margao towns in Goa, Karwar in Karnataka and throughout the Konkan coast. Vaishya vani community residing in the Kerala in Fort Kochi, Pachalam, Vaduthala, Varapuzha, Maradu, Palluruthy and Elamakkara.[citation needed] They are non-vegetarian but abstain from eating pork and beef.[citation needed]

Marriage rites are akin to those of other Hindu communities,following the Hindu Samskaras. The community members use to marry only from the same community.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Gazetteer of the Union Territory Goa, Daman and Diu: district gazetter by Vithal Trimbak Gune, Goa, Daman and Diu (India). Gazetteer Dept, published by Gazetteer Dept., Govt. of the Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu, 1979