The Vankar is a Hindu social group found in the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan in India. Starting from the 2000s, a sizable number have emigrated to other parts of the world, particularly to Canada, United States, United Kingdom and Australia.
History and origin
The Vankar is a social group found largely in western states of India. However, their ancestry from Kshatriya having migrated from Marwar region and therefore also prefix Maru to be called Maru Vankar, migrated to places like Bhilad, Gariadhar, Cheetal and Patan. The Vankar are said to originate in Saurashtra, and migrated to Patan the historic capital of Gujarat. It is believed that some of them were migrated from Malwa (Rajasthan) and Ujjain, Indor (MP). Vankar were rulers of Gujarat as they are descendants of Rajputs. But due to Branhamins neglected them they were separated from Rajputs. Such evidence can be found in many historic literature. Some people of this community are (kshatriya) as on book "kshatriya Vanshavali" by Ishwarsinh Madadh and rest of people are vaishya. They are now mainly found in the city of Ahmedabad, Mehsana, Baroda, Surat and also found in Banaskantha.
They are both vegetarian and non-vegetarian in diet.
The other chief occupation of Vankars is the weaving of cloth. Weaving of clothes and sarees also remains their main occupation. Now these people moved to other business too like trading clothes apart from weaving. Some of them have moved for business in abroad also occupied in administration positions in Government of India.